It’s undeniable—flooring plays an important role in the look, feel, and function of your home. And with the hundreds of choices available nowadays, it’s very exciting (albeit overwhelming) to explore flooring surfaces that will fit the need and budget of your home.
When choosing the new floor of your condo, ask yourself these important questions so that once the floor is already laid out, you will be greatly satisfied. Here are some considerations that you might want to think about:
“What’s my Style?”
What style(s) suit your home and your personal taste—do you prefer classics, contemporary, modern? What patterns and colors do you like? Also consider the texture of the floor—do you prefer the rich grain of hardwood, a luxurious carpet, or the sleek lines of tile? You must also consider your condo’s decor—make sure that your floor complements your furniture and accessories, too.
“But, I am always busy.”
Along with style, you must also consider your lifestyle and the function of the room. Do you spend a lot of time in the kitchen? Don’t use tiles because it gets slippery once wet (with water or oil). Do your kids leave puddles of water on the bathroom floor? It’s the perfect location to lay down tiles because it stands up to water. Does your pet love bringing in muddy footprints from outside? Concrete should be your choice because it stands wear and tear and can accommodate your family’s activities.
“Can I afford it?”
Of course, budget should be a top priority as well. Aside from the materials, you must also allot budget for the underlayment, labor, delivery, and installation. Also factor in additional materials such as baseboards, stains, and adhesives.
“Does size matter?”
Definitely! If you have large floor space, consider larger and wider flooring. However, if your condo unit is limited, use narrow wood planks or smaller flooring options. The size of your flooring material affects the overall look of your condo so choose wisely.
“I am worried about maintenance…”
If maintenance is the least of your worries, try wood floors. Solid or engineered floors are hard to install, but it’s worth it (in terms of appearance and maintenance). Although, you must keep high-traffic areas covered with rugs and runners to keep its luster.
However, if you really want form and function, you might to try vinyl, concrete, or laminated flooring.
Once you’ve imagined and found the right flooring materials, it’s time to lay it out. You can either hire a contractor or do it yourself (although it’s more convenient to choose the former), but in the end, you should be comfortable in your own home and floor because after all, it’s the place the you spend almost 50% of your time in so make sure that you will love it for a very long time.