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PostHeaderIcon How to select flooring for your home

Flooring with interior designThe choice of your flooring makes or mars the first impressions of your house. And it’s not just about the color or the pattern but the type of flooring and whether it blends well with the décor of your house. The flooring of your house is a reflection of your personality.

And with so many options, colors, patterns and materials, it becomes all the more difficult to pick that perfect one. The way is to break the process of selection in smaller parts and then go about addressing each of the parts individually.

 

  • Determine the style that suits your home

Each one of us has a personal taste. Some like to go for classic and traditional look flooring while some like to go for chic, and some opt for contemporary look while others prefer modern flooring. Analyze all the options and don’t just go for your personal taste, instead choose the one which suits your home as well. It should be a healthy mix of both.

  • What size of plank or tile will best suit the space of your house?

Flooring not only depends on looks but also on the available space in your house. If you are having a Bedroom floorspacious house then you should opt for large or wider wood planks. Large planks give you a feeling of wide spaces. It will best suit your large spaced floor. But if you are troubled with a limited floor space, it would not be a great choice to go for big and wide planks. For smaller floor spaces you should go with narrow wood planks or small sized flooring options.

 

  • Select color tone of the flooring according to the natural light inside your home.

If your home lacks natural light and there are darker areas in the house then you should install lighter wood planks. It helps giving your house a fresh look, brightens up the area and it makes your home look more spacious. If you want to add warmth to your house you can go for mid wood planks. It’s also a good match for neutral color schemes. Darker wood tones are very suitable if you want a touch of luxury and richness to your house.

  • Check the durability factor

Install the flooring which can sustain according to the environment of your home and your surroundings.Kitchen floor If you have children and pets you should not install flooring which are sensible to spills, liquid and hard objects. Such flooring would require extra degree of care and maintenance. Go for tough engineered flooring which can resist under hard use. Check out the reputation of your supplier to ensure you are getting what you are paying for. Gohaus is one such good flooring company that we know of that has the expertise and bandwidth to help you with your flooring selection and installation.

  • Maintenance factor

To buy an elephant isn’t expensive, it’s the maintenance that will hurt you – goes the adage. It totally depends on you, your ability and your patience levels as to till what level you are ready to do maintenance of your floor. If you are ready to maintain and care for your floor on a regular basis , then go for wood flooring. A wooden flooring adds to the beauty of your house. Both solid and engineered wood need high levels of maintenance. You can protect them by using rugs and runners in the high traffic areas. If you are of the type, who doesn’t want to get into daily maintenance chores for your flooring, then you should be opting for Vinyl flooring. It’s simple and easy to maintain. And gives you as many design options as any other form of wooden flooring. Sheet vinyl flooring is also an easy maintenance material.

Types of flooring material
Vinyl flooring

Pros

  • It’s less expensive and affordable as compared to other flooring optionsVinyl floor
  • It’s water resistant.
  • It’s highly durable.
  • Low maintenance
  • It can be installed over existing flooring also.
  • It’s available in variety of colors along with different natural patterns and textures.
  • The layer of vinyl makes it more shock absorbent.

Cons

  • It’s difficult to repair.
  • Moisture can enter into seams between tiles in case of tile form

Luxury vinyl tile

Pros

  • It possesses long wearing factor (has a long life)
  • It is crack resistant.
  • It is available in various sizes and colors.
  • It is easy to clean.
  • Low maintenance
  • It is Stain resistant.
  • It is sound absorbent.

Cons

  • It is not suitable for stairs.
  • It is waterproof but it’s adhesive is water soluble.
Carpet

Pros

  • Carpet flooring is cost effective.Carpet for floor
  • Carpet flooring is considered to be soft, quite and warm.
  • Ease of replacement and upgradation.
  • There is also availability of stain resistant fibers.
  • There is availability of colors and textures in case of carpet flooring.

Cons

  • It can easily stain
  • Wear can be seen in low quality carpets.
Stone

Pros

  • Stone flooring is a highly durable. Long lasting.
  • There is availability of classic designs in stone flooring.
  • It provides beauty and natural aesthetic.

Cons

  • Cost of installation is high compared to other types of flooring material.
  • It is highly sensitive to stain and dirt.
  • There exists difficulty in repair of stone flooring.
  • It should be sealed properly otherwise it risks coming out
  • It can be slippery.
  • Footprints are easily seen if the surface is dark and glossy.
Wood

Pros

  • It provides a warm and luxurious look.Wood floor
  • It can be refinished.
  • It is wear resistant.
  • It is long lasting.

Cons

  • Wood darkens with passage of time
  • Wood flooring are difficult to repair specifically uneven patches
  • It’s prone to the laws of shrinking and expanding, which can result in creation of gaps and warping.
  • It is defenseless to moisture specially Pine wood flooring. Due to moisture it can result in dents
Engineered wood

Pros

  • It is less sensitive to shrinking and expanding.Engineered floor
  • The time required in installation of engineered wood flooring is less.
  • Some of the engineered wood can be installed below grade.
  • Engineered wood is pre-finished so the stain and protective finishes will be more consistent and would last long.

Cons

  • The end on this type of flooring splits up on off brands.
  • Engineered wood flooring can be refinished only once or twice.
  • Off brands engineered flooring may have empty space which deteriorates the wood surface.

Flooring for your home is a long term decision and it involves substantial effort, time and money. Each room in your home has its own utility, appeal and objective. What will go good for the drawing room might not be suitable for your kitchen. You would be wanting to have a different flooring for your attic and a different one for your bedroom. You must ensure you have all the information and that you have an expert to guide you through the selection and installation process. At the end of the day, it’s your home and your style statement.