Choosing a floor can be a difficult decision. What style? What colour? What texture? And that’s just the aesthetics! Style aside, you need to consider a lot of other things like budget, lifestyle, care and maintenance.
But don’t make up your mind just yet! We put together a list of important Do’s and Don’ts for when it comes to deciding what floor is best for you – and how to enjoy it for years to come.
Do… Evaluate your space
Are you planning on refurbishing your bathroom or laundry? Areas likely to incur moisture, humidity and temperature fluctuations are the last place you want to put hardwood flooring. Perhaps you’re installing Vinyl floors in a big beautiful lobby with floor to ceiling windows… But did you know Vinyl can fade under direct sunlight? Where you want to install your flooring can play a big role in determining what your options are.
Don’t… Forget your budget
When planning your budget, keep lifespan in mind. While hardwood floors are expensive initially, if well maintained they’ll last for decades without needing to be replaced. Carpet and Vinyl on the other hand, have a much shorter lifespan of 10-15 years and will need to be replaced more often. So will your budget cover you in the short-term or long-term?
Do… Keep your lifestyle in mind
Natural stone is beautiful, but it’s probably not the best choice if you have a house full of toddlers taking tumbles. What you want might not always be the best or most pragmatic choice. So when choosing a floor, consider your lifestyle and what will best suit that.