It used to be that flooring was more or less an afterthought when constructing a home. Flooring was a necessity, not a design concept, so many floors were installed with the mindset that it was good enough or at least good enough for now. Today, however, homeowners take more interest in the style of their flooring and see it as an important part of their home’s look and feel. Plus, there are so many new flooring options on the market today that make choosing what’s right for your home an exciting part of home construction. Whether you’re starting from scratch with a new construction or remodeling a new home or room, we at Cape Fear Flooring in Fayetteville, NC have a handy list of questions to help you narrow down what you’re looking for and choosing the best flooring option for you and your living space.
Generally, the choices you have for flooring are hardwood, carpet, vinyl, tile, or laminate. There are several factors to consider when choosing what’s best for which room or for your home in general. Consider the questions below.
Who do you share your space with?
Different types of flooring are more suitable if you have children or pets in your home, or even if you or another resident use a wheelchair or other mobility aids. For the latter, carpet isn’t ideal, and for children or pets, you’ll want something easy to clean that’s durable and holds up to running, spilling, and scratching. If you have small children or are planning to, you may want to opt for more carpeting, as it’s more comfortable for playing on the ground and safer during falls. Carpet also masks sound, which is nice if you have several children or pets under the same roof. However, pets and carpet don’t always mix well, since it holds onto hair and odors.
What’s your reason for new flooring?
All too often we see homeowners begin a remodel, excited for change, only to end up installing the same or very similar flooring in place of the old. If your reason for new flooring is to have a change and refresh the look of your home, see what else is out there before just doing a newer version of what you had so you don’t end up regretting your decision and feeling like you didn’t get the results you were expecting.
What’s your budget?
Knowing this going into the project is important. The costs associated with different flooring greatly. Know what you’re willing to spend and become familiar with what’s reasonably in your range so you don’t get your heart set on a look you aren’t prepared to purchase.
How important to you is sustainability?
The number of options for eco-friendly flooring increase every year. If this is something that’s important to have in your home, it’s worth some research. Options like linoleum rate well in terms of sustainability compared to others.
Are you planning to sell your home down the road?
If you’re choosing flooring for a house that you don’t intend to be your forever home, you have to consider the resale value of the option you go with. Something that suits your style and needs might be a big turnoff to future buyers, so you don’t want your choice to be so personal that it hurts a sale later on.
What do you want the new look to reflect?
Everyone has a personal style they gravitate toward, whether they know it or not. What kind of look and feel do you want in your home? What makes you comfortable and happy when you see it every day? What do you want your flooring to say about you? Consider this ahead of time and imagine your selection in your home. Spend some time getting used to the look in your head so you don’t order flooring, get it in your house, and then realize it’s not for you.
If you’re confident on the answers to these questions, you should be in good shape to look at flooring samples and make a sound decision on what will work best for your home and the people in it. At Cape Fear Flooring, we offer a wide variety of flooring options, and our experts have years of experience helping homeowners make an informed decision they’ll be happy with for years to come. Check out our flooring inventory, and remember to keep the selection process fun!