Replacing the flooring in your home is a big decision and one that can be very costly if you get it wrong. Unlike painting or some other minor cosmetic update to your home, there is significant cost involved in re-doing your new you want to make sure to get it right the first time.
A few basic tips:
1. Make sure that you pick the right product for your environment.
While that bamboo floor may look terrific, if you have two big dogs running around on it day in and day out, you may find it doesn’t look so terrific after a while.
That laminate might look great, but put next to your shower and exposed to regular water, it might be subject to expansion and contraction.
The tile flooring you are looking at for your kitchen could be beautiful, but if you spend 2 hours cooking every night on it, are you likely to get tired legs from standing on such a hard surface?
Do some research before you choose a product type based on looks alone.
2. Make sure your color choice works in your home (and leaves you the flexibility to change minor details like furniture and wall color without running the risk of the looks clashing.)
When we were shopping for flooring in Atlanta, we found it very helpful to take a sample of the flooring products we were looking at in to the room that it was going to be installed in and make sure that with that light and decor, the flooring looks as good as it did on the sample rack.
3. Installers are key
A great flooring product installed poorly will look terrible. You need to make sure that you work with a licensed installer and check references before they begin working.
When we got tile flooring in Atlanta, we interviewed 4 installers before choosing one. We saw past job photos and checked out their licensing.
4. Stay away from trendy products…
While the latest trends may be great, you will likely keep your new flooring for a minimum of 7 make sure that your love for the flooring will outlive any trends.
Shopping for flooring can be fun, just take your time and find the right product, and the right installers.