Choosing the right flooring for your home can seem overwhelming. It must serve as both a functional and design element of your home, and is a feature that is used every single day by every single person.
At Tallen Builders in Ocala, we build entire homes and commercial buildings from start to finish, so we have experience in different types of flooring. Here are the factors to consider before choosing the perfect flooring for your home.
Consider Your Style
Do you prefer contemporary or classic? Patterns or solids? Ask yourself these and other design questions to really narrow down your style preferences. Wood flooring is great if you want a versatile floor that goes with practically any style. But if sleek lines and a modern look are what you like, tile is the way to go. Carpeting is great for creating a soft and inviting room. If you’re replacing the flooring in your current home, just make sure to take into consideration the look of your existing décor and furniture.
Think About Your Budget
It’s important to keep your budget in mind when choosing potential flooring, as there are huge ranges in the price of different flooring types. Wood flooring, while sturdy and fashionable, is one of the more costly choices in flooring. If your budget is small, consider laminate flooring instead. The most popular style of laminate flooring is faux-wood but it comes at less than half the cost. Many times there is also a range in pricing within a single flooring type. For instance, carpeting can be anywhere from $2 to $12 per square foot depending on the brand. Do your research before ruling out a flooring type all-together! Just don’t forget to add in the cost of installation.
Know Your Lifestyle
Think about how you use each room in your home. If you spend most of your time in the kitchen, you’ll want a floor that is comfortable to stand on and that is easy to clean. If you have pets that track in mud and dirt, avoid flooring that will stain easily in high traffic areas (we’re looking at you, carpet). You need to pick flooring that will stand up to your day to day activities with minimal maintenance.
Weather and Climate Matter
It’s important to know the common weather conditions in your area to determine the longevity of your flooring choice. Some hardwood flooring will expand if your house is too humid, and can warp if your area is prone to flooding. Sun damage can also be an issue if you have many windows in your home, as both wood and carpet will fade. If you live in a rainy climate, you’ll need flooring that is water resistant or else your flooring will develop mold, mildew and cracks.
Think you’ve decided on the perfect flooring for your home? Or do you still need help? At Tallen Builders, we can help you decide and build your home to your exact specifications. Give us a call or reach us on our contact form. We’d love to hear from you.
— Tallen Builders (@TallenBuilders) September 18, 2014