When building your dream home one of the features that will have the most impact is the flooring. Because it covers such a large surface while also under constant wear and tear, you want something that is beautiful and resilient. Here we offer tips to help you choose to floor when building your new home.
Most people think of hardwood floors as the ultimate choice. They are available in an endless variety of wood types, grains, textures, and finishes and for the most part, are quite durable. They offer both a classic yet modern look depending on the tone, finish, and configuration when you install it. You can also change the look drastically based on the plank size. On the downside, they are a natural product that can be prone to damage in busier households which can ruin the appearance of your floors.
When To Use Hardwood Flooring
If money is no object, hardwood is the ultimate flooring Calgary choice. Hardwood is good in almost any room but is not recommended in rooms with a lot of damp and moisture including the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and foyer.
Laminate floors have come a long way in producing a wide variety of looks including hardwood, stone, and tiling. It can look almost as good while costing a fraction of the real thing. Like hardwood, it is available in an endless variety of looks, tones, grains, and types making it easy to get the look you want. It is more resistant to scratches than hardwood and more resistant to staining than stone flooring.
When To Use Laminate
Laminate is ideal when your budget is tight, but you want a higher-end look. As with hardwood avoid use in rooms that are prone to dampness and moisture. If used in the basement you also have to install the right basement subfloor.
Tile floors are available in a wide variety of materials including stone, ceramic, vinyl, and porcelain. You can achieve many different looks by mixing and matching tile or laying it diagonally. It is hard-wearing and cost-effective as well.
When To Use Tile
Tile floors are the go-to flooring for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. They also make a nice feature floor in foyers. Because they come in so many different materials you are sure to find something to suit your budget.
Vinyl flooring has come a long way in the past decade. It comes in many “looks” including very convincing woods and stone designs. It also is available in different formats including tiles, sheets, and planks. You can choose vinyl flooring to suit any style and they are low maintenance and affordable.
When To Use Vinyl
If you are looking for low maintenance highly durable and very affordable flooring options vinyl flooring is a perfect choice. It is especially effective in high-traffic areas as long as there is a low risk for tears.
Although many people worry carpeting is out of style, it comes in so many colors and textures it continues to offer a cozy and affordable option to complement any style. It is also long-wearing and provides some sound reduction.
When To Use Carpet
Carpeting is ideal for upper floors to help reduce sound. It also works well in bedrooms to keep floors warm underfoot as well as play areas and rec rooms. The higher traffic the area, however, the more care your carpets need.
As you can see there is a flooring option to suit any look and budget.
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