Floors are a big deal, not just for making a home look great, but because they’re that piece of a house you can’t avoid. When you have a new floor installed, you literally have to live with it. You see it and use it every day, and sometimes after the installation, some homeowners are left wondering if they made the right decisions. If you’re looking to re-think a space with new floors, here are some common mistakes you should avoid.
Knowing what your durability needs are is important when purchasing a new floor. Adhering to a budget is also part of the equation. Not to mention, there may also be those mono-focused moments where you or your spouse is just in love with option A or B. Either way, you need to find the product that checks all the boxes on your needs list. Here are some common scenarios flooring sales professionals see:
Bottom line: consider your needs both from durability and aesthetic standpoints, then weave in budget realities, too. There’s likely a perfect floor for your situation; but sometimes it’s easy to overlook it by focusing on the wrong option.
When you pick the floor you like, you’ll want to consider existing floors that are staying in the home. Generally speaking, a lot of interior designers will caution against installing too many flooring types in a home. More specifically, you might consider how close different flooring types are to one another. For example, if you have a tile entry that touches a carpet bedroom and wood den floor that are close to one another, the space might have a patchwork look, and mismatches like this are also a turn off to prospective homebuyers. Two different types of carpet butting up to each other is something interior designers might caution against as well.
While there may not be a lot of hard and fast rules here, generally speaking, a smaller home should probably have fewer flooring types, and sticking with one dominant floor throughout main areas may even make the overall floorplan look larger, especially for single stories. Two stories offer a natural separation between floor types.
We know it’s easy to get caught up in the aesthetics you want today but don’t forget tomorrow’s needs. That addition of a pet or child to the family could change your flooring needs, and going back to the flooring drawing board in a couple years is something you’ll want to avoid.
Sometimes the hottest flooring colors and styles just don’t fit your situation. You should never feel like the popular option is the only one for you. If that hip light, neutral tone doesn’t work in your space and a classic dark warm tone does, so be it.
More and more interior design today is transitional, merging traditional and contemporary elements. Trends change, but you’ll find some classic flooring options never really go away even though they’re not as popular as they once were. They could be exactly what your room needs.
Flooring installation is best done by trained professionals who understand building codes and best installation practices. If you decide to go the DIY route, you take a lot of responsibility on yourself and you may fall victim to your own lack of knowledge and abilities.
Many homeowners add peace of mind in knowing an installation can be done with ease by a licensed professional who carries the appropriate insurance and qualifications to perform the work. And a reputable installer will always have a warranty in writing.
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