When going through the process of purchasing new flooring for your home, considering certain points at the beginning can dramatically help you avoid mistakes and increase your satisfaction in the end. So, to give you guidance, we’ve put together a list of things to consider to help you assess your flooring needs and narrow down the options the right way.
Calculate your budget. Home renovations can be expensive, and while you can cut corners on costs in some places, one place you shouldn’t cut is the quality of flooring and the process of professional installation (we’ll get into that one later).
Some flooring options are more expensive than others, especially kinds that are high-quality. However, going for high-quality and durable flooring will stand the test of time. Yes, you might have to spend more money upfront, but it’ll save you money in the long run. (Because if you were to go with a cheaper costing floor that isn’t as durable, it would actually cost you more to repair or replace it quicker than you planned.)
As important as choosing quality flooring is, it’s also crucial that you hire reliable and professional installers. You want your floors installed properly, so it’s worth paying for quality installers. They have the knowledge, experience and tools to properly prepare your subfloor to help stabilize the new flooring they will install. All of this will make your flooring last a very long time. To learn more, check out our helpful installation guides here.
Of course, hiring professional installers adds additional costs; along with the cost of the new flooring material, you need to account for the cost of delivery and installation, as well as the removal and disposal of your previous flooring. Don’t forget to factor in any additional materials such as transition moldings, baseboards, or adhesives, to name a few. These are all things that will come up during your shopping process, but it’s important to keep it in mind when planning your budget.
Try not to choose a floor simply because it looks good. Be sure it fits your lifestyle. Some flooring choices are better suited than others. Think about whether the room is a high-traffic area, or even if there are or will be kids or pets in the home. For example, vinyl, laminate and even family friendly carpet are great flooring choices for kids and/or pets as they’re durable, stain and scratch resistant.
Besides your lifestyle, factors like humidity, moisture and traffic level are important things to keep in mind when shopping for floors. Knowing your room’s environment can help narrow down options and avoid potential problems after your new flooring has been installed.
Think about how the new flooring will complement your current overall interior style and decorating aesthetic. And, consider your current décor, too. Unless you plan on redecorating on the entire room, you’ll want to choose floors that complement the furniture and accessories you have now. A helpful tip when shopping is to take pictures of your space and bring them with you to help narrow down your choices.
Starting a new renovation project that involves changing your floors may be intimidating, but keep in mind these helpful tips for a smooth project from start to finish!