Choosing the Right Flooring

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When it comes to designing your home, you will have to make what feels like 100 choices in a short period of time, one of those being the flooring for your home. Your flooring will be an important choice and whether you pick one type of flooring throughout or you want each room to have different flooring, our team will be there to guide you in making the best decision for your home. See our tips for choosing the right flooring here!

Best Tips for Choosing Your Home’s Flooring

#1 Tailor to Your Lifestyle

When deciding on your flooring, the first thing that you will want to do is consider your lifestyle and how durable you want your floor to be. Imagine your entryway teeming with activity – backpacks, muddy paws, and enthusiastic greetings. Opt for durable porcelain tile or laminate that can handle the daily wear and tear. Pet owners, consider textured surfaces that hide those minor scratches left behind by playful companions. Solid hardwood is an option, but be prepared for potential scratches and choose a particularly hardwood species like hickory or maple.

Unfurnished living areaBedrooms and playrooms crave a softer touch. Plush solution-dyed nylon carpets offer luxurious comfort with surprising stain resistance, perfect for those inevitable juice spills or muddy handprints. Kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms demand moisture-resistant heroes. Ceramic or porcelain tile will stand up to splashes and spills, while luxury vinyl plank designed for wet areas is another great option. There are so many options available to you so you can find the best solution for every space in your home.

#2 Budgeting for Beauty

After you decide on what will work best for your family, you will want to consider your budget and how the breakdown of all of your flooring will look. Flooring costs can vary significantly, so here's a breakdown to help you navigate:

  • Luxury Look: Timeless hardwood offers timeless elegance and can increase your home's value. Engineered hardwood provides a more affordable alternative while maintaining the classic look.
  • Budget-Friendly Chic: Laminate and LVP mimic the look of wood or stone at a fraction of the cost, making them popular choices for those looking for style without breaking the bank.
  • Carpet Comfort: Carpet offers a range of price points depending on fiber type and quality. Solution-dyed nylon tends to be more expensive but offers superior stain resistance, making it a great choice for busy households.

Remember, UBuildIt's contractor network can provide quotes for different materials and installation, ensuring you get the best value for your budget.

#3 Think Room by Room

Each room has unique flooring needs. Living rooms and high-traffic areas demand a balance of durability and style. Consider tile, laminate, LVP, or hardwood for these spaces. Bedrooms benefit from plush carpets or LVP in wood-look finishes to create a cozy retreat. Kitchens and bathrooms prioritize moisture resistance with waterproof tile or LVP. There are options for every room and you will want to take into consideration how much time you spend in each space and the style that you will want for each.

#4 Sample Like a Savvy Shopper

Don't rely solely on pictures! UBuildIt can connect you with flooring retailers who offer a wide range of samples. To get the most out of your sampling experience, bring the samples home and see how they interact with your lighting and existing décor. Walk on the samples, spill a little water (if applicable for the material), and see how they feel underfoot. Consider the bigger picture and visualize how the flooring will flow throughout your home. Some samples will even have an online option to see what that exact flooring will look like in your space. Opt for complementary colors and styles to create a cohesive feel. Getting a few samples to take with you will give you peace of mind in knowing that you’re making the perfect choice for your home.

#5 Don't Forget the Unsung Hero: UnderlaymentKitchen area with stainless steel appliances

Underlayment, the layer placed beneath your flooring, plays a crucial role in your home's comfort and longevity. A good underlayment can significantly reduce noise transfer between floors, acting as a barrier against moisture to protect your subfloor and extend the life of your flooring. Underlayment can also add a layer of cushion underfoot and improve the overall stability of your flooring. UBuildIt's network of experts can advise on the best underlayment for your chosen flooring material, ensuring a flawless and long-lasting installation.

With these tips, choosing the right flooring for your home will be a breeze and you can then move on to the other features of your home. Find your local UBuildIt office and contact us today for more information!

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