Do’s and Don’ts of Flooring
So many flooring choices, so little time to research which looks good, feels good, and lasts. No worries. We have it all sorted out for you with the following hand do’s and don’ts list.
DO consider your home’s layout. Got an open floor plan? Using the same flooring plan throughout the space will create a clean and continuous appearance.
DON’T forget about your home’s architectural integrity. By all means, make your home a reflection of your personal style. Just keep in mind that staying true to your home’s innate style will pay off when it comes time to sell.
TIP: Hardwood floor are the goof-proof option. Hardwood is a win-win when it comes to architectural style. It is equally at home in both classic and contemporary abodes. It’s practical and beautiful. Hardwood is strong enough for kitchen duty, but adds a homey and classic touch.
DO keep your local climate in mind. Damp and humid weather can shorten a floor’s lifespan. For instance, hardwood can warp.
DON’T underestimate wear and tear depending on here you’re planning to install new flooring. Drop a glass jar on ceramic tile and it’ll chip; heavy foot traffic will beat up any pretty plush carpeting.
TIP: Properly sealed, concrete floors are a tough and good-looking choice. Concrete resists water, stains, smells, and scratched. It also won’t harbor mold or mildew. It can take a pounding, so there is no worries about daily wear and tear. It also packs and energy-saving benefit since concrete floors can retain your home heating and cooling.
Comfort and Air Quality:
DO consider comfortable flooring materials, especially in rooms where you spend a lot of time standing, such as the kitchen, and if you have small children or plan to age in place.
DON’T contribute to household air pollution. Both traditional vinyl flooring and newly installed carpets can emit high levels of VOCs for up to 72 hours.
TIP: Cork hits the comfort and environmental-friendly trifecta. It’s a treat for feet (think kitchens) and can soften the blow when little ones fall. Cork is great for indoor health. It won’t hold on to dust and pollen and resists nasties like bacteria and fungi.
DO add carpet. It’s great for maximizing comfort, and it can cost much less than other types of flooring.
DON’T think carpet is off of the table because you have allergies. Several studies suggest that carpet doesn’t cause allergies or make asthma worse.