How to Match Your Flooring to Your Lifestyle
There’s a lot to consider when choosing new flooring for your home. In addition to your personal style, it’s important to think about how you will use each room, the amount of traffic the floor will endure, and the ongoing cleaning and maintenance required to keep it looking great. Here are some helpful tips on how to pick a floor that not only complements your home, but also your lifestyle.
What is the activity level in your home?
The number of people and pets living in your home plays a major factor in choosing a flooring material. Why? A high level of activity on a daily basis can create more wear and tear on your floors. If you have kids, pets, or kids and pets, the heavy traffic areas within your house need more resilient flooring, such as hardwood, vinyl or ceramic tile. On the other hand, if you live alone and have no kids or pets, your lifestyle may accommodate flooring made from softer materials, like carpet and bamboo.
How often do you entertain?
How you use your home is another significant factor in choosing flooring. Even if you live alone, if you like to throw parties on a regular basis you need flooring that is strong enough to withstand damaging high heels, and stain resistant enough to protect it from drops and spills. Got kids? Then you probably entertain a lot too. Birthday parties, cookouts, little league celebrations or the neighbors’ kids coming over every day to play inside your house, all this can take a toll on the flooring in your home.
What’s your style aesthetic?
To maintain aesthetic consistency, choose a flooring material that goes well with the style of your house and furnishings. For example, if you have a contemporary or modern style, consider porcelain, ceramic or luxury vinyl tile. If you prefer a more traditional look, carpet or hardwoods may be right for you. With so many advancements in flooring technology, vinyl can look like wood or stone, giving you the stylish look you want with the ease of care your lifestyle demands, and carpet can add texture, sophistication and design to your home.
Which flooring material is right for your lifestyle?
There are so many flooring choices and materials available. If you feel a bit overwhelmed, don’t worry! To have a Personal Flooring Advisor bring samples to your house and help you choose the best floor for your lifestyle, simply schedule an appointment. In the meantime, here are four floor options to consider.
Providing a soft surface that is safe for babies, toddlers and older adults, carpet comes in various levels of durability and is great for low to medium traffic areas. Carpet comes in cool patterns and textures and there are odor and stain resistant options which make it a good choice, even if you have pets.
Great for people who are allergic to dust, pollen or pet dander, hardwoods are hypoallergenic. Certain hardwood species are extremely durable which means they can last for generations. If a few scratches accumulate over the years, hardwoods can be easily sanded and refinished to look like new again.
Tile takes durability to a whole new level, as porcelain and ceramic are scratch and stain resistant and can handle lots of foot (and paw) traffic. Tile is hypoallergenic and less porous than other flooring materials so allergens and spills are no problem, making tile a great choice if you have messy pets or children.
When you need a resilient floor that’s also comfortable to walk on, vinyl is the right choice for you. With so many colors and patterns to match any style, vinyl can deliver a high-end look at a reasonable price. Luxury vinyl tile can mimic hardwood patterns with such accuracy that your friends and family will have to look twice.
High Traffic vs. Low Traffic Houses
Determining which type of flooring is best for your lifestyle will save you hassle down the road. And you don’t have to only choose one! Depending on each room and its use, you may have several different types of flooring throughout your house.
High Traffic Homes
If your family has heavy traffic, pets and/or kids, and is very active, you need resilient flooring that can take a beating and still look great for years. If you choose a product that is too soft, your floor will be more susceptible to permanent damage from pet accidents and nail scratches, and rambunctious kids and adults.
Low Traffic Homes
If your home has minimal traffic and you love feeling softness under your bare feet, carpeting may be ideal for you. Looking for a “green” alternative? Cork and bamboo are natural, eco-friendly and beautiful.
Matching your flooring to your lifestyle ensures you get the most out of your investment. Consider the amount of foot traffic in your home, as well as your family’s activity. In areas prone to messy kids or pets, choose a resilient floor that’s easy clean and extremely durable. If you don’t have kids or pets, you have the freedom to choose whatever flooring product you want. For more information, contact America’s Floor Source by visiting one of our showrooms, or schedule a home visit from our Mobile Floor Source.