The flooring type you choose to have throughout your home is very important to the overall look and feel of your design. A common mistake many people make during a home renovation is waiting until the end to choose a type of flooring. While flooring is one of the last elements installed, researching flooring types should be one of your first tasks. This element will make up an extremely large percentage of your space, and poor planning can restrict your budget, leaving you with a final product you may not be happy with.
When considering your flooring options, you cannot consider only looks, but also the practicality of the material. How easy will the floor be able to clean if its located in a high-traffic area? Will the floor be comfortable to walk on with bare feet? What is your budget? To help inspire some flooring ideas for your project, we have put together a list of popular flooring types among residents of the Ann Arbor area.
Solid Hardwood Flooring
If you're looking for a durable and attractive flooring option, solid hardwood will do the job. If scratched, this material can easily be re-sanded and refinished many times – plus a weathered look can be suitable for many home designs. This option can last a lifetime if installed in a dry area.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Typically less expensive than traditional hardwood flooring, engineered hardwood is much easier to install and comes pre-finished. Engineered hardwood is much less susceptible to moisture damage, works well for homeowners wanting a heated floor, and does not require a subfloor for installation.
This flooring option is great for homeowners wanting a softer, warmer surface for their space and is almost always a less expensive than other materials. When choosing a carpeting material, keep in mind that synthetic options are much less prone to stains but cannot match the lifespan and durability of traditional wool.
Available in a variety of materials, sizes, and finishes, tile's durability is unmatched. You can even get finishes that mimic a more expensive material.
Commonly simulating wood or stone, laminate flooring is inexpensive, easy to install and maintain, and is reasonably durable. This flooring option comes pre-finished and can be installed over existing floors. When installed with the proper backing, it is much softer on the feet than traditional tile.
Vinyl Flooring & Linoleum
In kitchens and bathrooms, vinyl flooring (synthetic) has recently become a more popular option for homeowners due to its resistance to water. For the environmentally conscious, linoleum is made completely from biodegradable materials, but is less resistant to water than vinyl. Both options have seen many advances over the years, making them an attractive and economical flooring option.
Using the same flooring style throughout the house is a popular design trend that will make rooms look bigger and provide a cohesive look. However, keep in mind that some flooring materials will be better suited for certain rooms. Wilderness Construction has experienced flooring installation professionals that will help you choose flooring that will not only compliment your renovation design, but add a timeless element to your home that your family will enjoy for years to come. If you need help developing your flooring ideas, get in touch with us!