All floors respond differently to different environments. You need to consider the pros and cons of each flooring option to know what will or will not work in your home. Where aesthetics may be your top priority, other elements like subfloor, traffic, and budget should be part of your decision making process. Today, we put together some essential elements and factors to consider before buying your new floors. These are the right questions to ask yourself prior to your investment to help tailor your floors for you and your home’s needs.
Exposure to Sunlight
Carpet dyes, some vinyl, and hardwood flooring can all fade with sunlight. While this may not be a deciding factor for you, it is an essential factor to consider. Rooms that have uneven sun exposure can start to fade and become discolored. If your home has a lot of windows, take this into consideration and make sure that proper window coverings are part of the equation as well as rotating your area rugs on a regular basis to account for sun exposure.
Exposure to Water
There are many excellent choices for bathrooms and kitchens. It is important to take into consideration how your flooring will stand up against water. With new technology, luxury vinyl flooring has become an excellent option for these wet environments. You may also want to consider tile, laminate, or other vinyl options. Floors like hardwood and carpet typically don’t perform as well in these areas.
Temperature can also be a deciding factor. Some floors, like hardwood, will expand and contract. Extreme fluctuating temperatures need to be on your list of considerations. This can also be important to consider with carpet. For example, if you have a room with a wood-burning fireplace where embers or sparks may hit the floor, consider a tile hearth in addition to your carpet selection. Tile and other flooring options that are non-combustible should be considered for these areas.
Pet and Children Friendly
If you are a parent or a pet owner, you probably know the accidents that come with these privileges. Not only having a floor that is accident-friendly but also safe for your loved ones is essential. Consider soft surfaces for children or easy-to-clean surfaces for pets. Also, consider the chemical makeup of different floorings. Many manufacturers take pride in creating safe, eco-friendly options.
Understanding the flooring that you are considering can help ensure a selection that you will enjoy for years to come. When you shop with Levi’s 4 Floors, we will ask the right questions to make sure we are guiding you in the right direction for the best floors for your home and lifestyle. Lean on our expertise to get the right floors for your lifestyle.
We look forward to working with you!