SELECTING THE BEST FLOORING FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE
In this post, we highlight a few aspects to keep in mind when choosing hardwood flooring, including your lifestyle, budget and more.
- Pet owners should consider modern vinyl and laminates for scratch-resistant wear and water-resistant or waterproof flooring.
- Install waterproof or water-resistant flooring such as vinyl plank, tile, or sheet vinyl in rooms with high foot traffic.
- Climate plays a part in certain floor materials, making an engineered option more suitable.
- Replacing carpet with a hard flooring surface alleviates allergens.
- Numerous flooring brands offer environmentally-friendly products for green-conscious households.
- The subfloor can determine what type of flooring you can install and whether you need an attached pad or additional underlayment.
Do you have pets?
If you want to install hardwood flooring, one or two small pets won’t alleviate the option; but if you have large or multiple pets, you may want to consider a vinyl or laminate product. These floors have scratch resistant wear layers for durability that hold up to everyday wear and tear from your pets’ nails and playful activity. Modern vinyl and laminate floors have the same visuals as hardwood floors including distressed, wire brushed, and rustic wood styles, or earthy, natural patterns. So, you can still have the look you want; but the function that you need (and less worry about damage to your floors!).
Do you have children?
Consider the ages and activity level of your children. Are they active in sports and bring home muddy or heavy equipment every day?
If you have a dedicated area for those items, such as a mudroom or entryway, consider using a durable, waterproof or water resistant product for that space. If you think these items will make their way all over the house, you may want to choose a super durable, yet beautiful vinyl plank, tile or sheet product that will stand up to years of activity, for your entire home. Not only are luxury vinyl floors easy to clean and maintain; but the large range of color and style options available in realistic wood, stone and tile patterns will surprise you!
Do your family members have allergies?
Hard surface flooring is a much better choice over any carpet product to alleviate allergy symptoms and triggers. Hardwood, vinyl, and laminate products can be safely and thoroughly cleaned frequently with the peace of mind that there are no hidden dust mites or mold lurking beneath the surface.
Where are you installing your new flooring?
All Wood Floor Planet of flooring, including hardwood, can be used in any space in your home. It is the collections within each flooring type that offer the diversity of installation for basements, concrete slabs and/or less than perfect subfloor conditions.
Where do you live?
The climate in which you live can limit your hardwood selections. Avoid wide plank, solid only hardwood collections if you live in a very humid, southern region of the US. Although gluing and nailing these products can alleviate some cupping and crowning. An engineered option may be available in the same visual and will result in a much more stable installation.
With today’s options in flooring. It is very easy to find the look that you want with the functionality that you need.
Are you environmentally friendly?
Many families today take steps to recycle and bring reusable bags to the grocery store to promote a healthier earth. But when it comes to your home. Did you know you can choose a green-friendly flooring option?
Wood Floor Planet offers numerous flooring options from manufacturers who undergo strict procedures and rules to gain certification status. Some of the environmental commitments from our brands ensure that the wood is gathered from sustainable forests.