How do you find the right floor when you have so much to choose from? And where do you go, and who should be chosen for the job? Choosing a floor is probably the easy part because you have lots of samples and types and materials to choose from, but how do you decide which is the best, and at the best price? Your style and budget will quickly separate the chaff from the wheat and determine what you can afford.
Determine the right floor for the best price
• Think about the room or area where you will install the floor. What does it look like, how much is used, and what kind of traffic does it have? Maintenance and performance problems must also be taken into account. Is the room cold? Do you need carpet or underfloor heating?
• Set the price range and evaluate the design features and performance of each option. Factor in installation costs if you don’t plan to do this yourself. This is next to the cost of the square foot of the new floor itself.
• If you do not do this yourself, hire a reputable contractor. Ask for references, and talk to people who have used them before. If he can’t produce a reference, be warned. He may be a fly-by-night worker, and you won’t see him again.
• If he is a reputable contractor, do not pay down payment. You will pay it at the end of the job, when work has been done for your satisfaction.
• Explore other options. Modern, stylish styling products such as laminates and tough vinyl floors offer a surface that is durable, affordable, and easy to maintain that will last for years of use. The floor must blend with the style of your home whether it is Victorian, rural, traditional, contemporary or eclectic. Pay attention to the size of the room. For example, small tiles will be too busy in large rooms, while large-scale designs will flood smaller spaces. The latest advances in laminate resistant floors and offer fashionable colors and textures combined with durability, comfort, functionality, easy maintenance and affordability.
• When choosing a floor, determine how it will be resistant to factors such as direct sunlight, water spills, furniture scratches, tracked dirt, cleaning detergents, and pedestrian traffic. Remember that natural materials such as hardwood or ceramic tiles are more fragile than many other choices. For example, it makes sense to install laminate floors in areas with high traffic even if you like hardwood.
• Remember the work involved when installing various types of floors; Ceramic and hardwood floors are the most difficult to install and may require professional installers.
• Tough laminate floors can be easily installed. Because of its layered construction, this type of floor will not widen or contract, but lie flat and remain flat by floating in place, eliminating the need for glue or nails – unlike traditional floors. Floor systems that do not need glue also help the environment.
• Check guarantees for various types of floors. Some products have a ten to fifteen year warranty, while others offer a lifetime guarantee; the choice is yours.