CHOOSING NEW FLOORING: WHAT YOU SHOULD USE & WHERE?

June 23, 2018

Whether you are building a new home, or renovating an older one, you are probably going to have to address the issue of choosing new flooring. In the past 50 years, many houses were built with plywood subfloors and then wall-to-wall carpeting was installed throughout, with the exception of sheet vinyl in the kitchen and bathrooms. Now homeowners are ripping out that carpet and installing higher-grade flooring to improve the appearance, function, and resale value of their homes. Choosing which flooring goes where can be a challenge: let us help you find out what works best where!

Let’s assume that you’ve torn out all that old, stained carpeting and worn vinyl flooring in your house. You’ve repaired the plywood subfloor where necessary, and you’ve got a blank canvas stretching out before you.

 

"Let’s go through your home room-by-room and make some exciting flooring choices!"

Living Room

This is most likely the most formal space in your home, with the possible exception of the dining room. In the past, many homeowners would use a deep plush carpet that would show every single footprint. The space was not for daily use, but mostly for show, bypassed in favour of the family room for watching television and hanging out. And heaven help the person who dared to bring food into the living room! Today, however, people want a house where family and guests can feel welcomed and relaxed. It’s time to toss the plush in favour of a more person-friendly flooring choice!

This is still a room that you probably want a more sophisticated floor covering than in the family room, for instance. Consider either solid or engineered hardwood for the living room floor, accented with an attractive area rug to soften the surface. A gleaming wood floor, whether in fashionable and sophisticated dark tones, or light, airy bleached woods, will be a perfect backdrop for your most prized furniture and collections. With proper maintenance, the finish should last for years!

Dining Room

Not everyone still has a formal dining room, but if you do, it’s probably adjacent to your living room, so it makes sense to continue that gleaming hardwood floor through that space as well. You might choose to leave the floor bare, or place a flat area rug beneath the table and extending out past the chairs. Nothing is worse than an uneven chair, so you will want to make sure that all four chair legs will be on the rug when someone is sitting there!

Kitchen

Your old kitchen floor was likely to be sheet vinyl. Sheet vinyl did have a couple of great advantages for a kitchen: it was easy to clean and maintain, and the cushioning underfoot was helpful for a cook on their feet for long stretches of time. It’s time to radically re-think what works in a kitchen, especially if it’s combined with a family room, and maybe a dining area, to form one great room for everyone to gather in. You’ll want to glam up the space while at the same time keeping practicality in mind! It’s possible to combine ease of upkeep and comfort with a more up-to-date and attractive floor covering in your 21st century kitchen!

Vinyl is still a great choice for kitchens, but now it’s vinyl planks rather than sheets that people are opting for. Vinyl planks are available in a wide range of finishes- whether you want the look of hardwood flooring, slate tiles, or stone slabs, you can get it in vinyl planks. They’re easily installed, easy to clean, and dropped dishes are a lot less likely to break when they hit the floor.

Family Room

The family room is where you are likely to spend plenty of time, and it’s probably going to experience considerable wear-and-tear. You will want a tough flooring that is also comfortable: the family room is where there’s going to be toddlers crawling around, or teens sprawled out atfloor level while watching the big-screen TV. At the same time, those toddlers and teens are going to be spilling things, and there’s nothing worse than a stubborn stain in the middle of wall-to-wall carpeting! Carpet tiles are the perfect solution.

Easily installed, carpet tiles can be used to cover a whole floor or just as an area rug. They are low-pile and will be easier to keep clean. And if one or two of them happen to get damaged or stained, it’s easy to pop them out and replace with new carpet tiles. You can give your family room a soft flooring option without the problems associated with traditional wall-to-wall carpets!

Bedroom

If you want a combination of easy maintenance and affordability for bedroom floors, laminate flooring is the way to go! It’s easy to sweep or mop up dust and dirt, and spills can be wiped away easily. You can choose from a wide variety of wood finishes for your floor, from rustic to sophisticated, and then finish it off with an area rug to warm up and soften the space. Reasonably priced and durable, laminate floor planks are easy to install and will last for years!

Bathrooms

Nothing says luxury like a bathroom with beautiful ceramic, porcelain or stone tiles on the floor and walls. Waterproof and durable, they’re the perfect choice for this most indulgent of personal spaces. Whether you want to just finish the floor with a basic ceramic tile, line a bathtub enclosure with a mix of sizes and colours, or go for a custom shower room wrapped entirely in tile, you are only limited by the size of your room and your imagination!

Tearing up your house to install new flooring is a big, messy job. With the wide range of quality flooring available, you can ensure that you will only have to do it once! Select the best flooring for every room in your home to make it a more welcoming, beautiful space, whether you’re planning to stay or sell!


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