Things To Consider When Choosing Your Flooring
However, if we actually ever manage to get around to the realization of some of these ideas, we start to notice that our plans weren’t as good as we initially thought. Why? Because we hadn’t taken everything into consideration. We had an idea but that idea wasn’t based on reality; it was based on our desires and that doesn’t always shape the world the way we want it to. Fear not, however, since I am here to take that idea of yours and help you break it through the prism of reality in order for it to receive a material manifestation like all good ideas deserve.
The first step for realizing an idea is always considering the budget. You might have fantastic ideas but when you don’t have the according budget to support them, that’s all they will remain. That’s why we make some financial think overs and decide what we can actually afford. Whatever you do, you must always be able to fit in your available money. Here are a few tips on how to do it properly.
First of all, sometimes you might like something that is a bit out of your budget. If you can’t afford it, don’t despair. Just look for a substitute. Usually you can find a much cheaper alternative to something you like. In fact, you can do that even if it’s in the budget. After all, why spend more when you can spend less. It really depends on the quality, though. Sometimes materials are more expensive not because they are of higher quality, but because they are scarcer and more uncommon.
Second of all, always consider the life span of the floor you’ve chosen. Engineered wood is relatively cheaper, for example, but its lifespan is generally shorter and damage often times cannot be fixed. That being said, if you keep it clean and try to preserve, it’s still pretty good. Solid hardwood flooring has a longer lifespan and is less prone to damage but the downside it’s more expensive. Take this into account when thinking about the price tag.
Consider the rooms. You want different floors in different rooms. Wooden floors in the bathroom would be ludicrous, for example. That’s where you want tiles. On the other hand, if you put tiles in your bedroom, you will be cold and uncomfortable. You want something that is easy to clean in high traffic areas such as the entry way, or places prone to stains, such as the kitchen. So be sure to take all of this into account when choosing your floors.
If you have children or pets, then make sure to get a more solid floor. Perhaps you have guests frequently and like to throw parties. You need something solid and easy to maintain. Or maybe you’re a quiet person who likes to keep to himself – in that case your options are quite opened.
Your floor should match the design of your home. It’s best if you start from scratch but when it comes to renovation,that’s not always the case. In such instances, match the floor to your existing design and furniture.
Always make sure you are familiar with what you’re buying. You don’t want to get something you or a family member is allergic or sensitive to.
This is one of the most important and often most underestimated factors. If you live in a high humidity climate where it rains a lot, then perhaps wood is not the best choice. Don’t forget that you’re going to use your floor for a long time, so everything should be factored in before you make a decision.