Choosing the right flooring for a particular room in your home can be extremely stressful. Mostly because you know you’re going to have to make the inevitable choice between what you want..and what is practical. For example, do you have children? Pets? Frequent parties? The type of flooring will depend upon how much traffic is expected in each room.
In some rooms, like a sitting room where people rarely use, you can use the type of flooring you desire versus what is practical. In the kitchen, if you have four children and a labrador, you aren’t going to want to use hardwood. You can, if you have the time and money to re-varnish it sooner than it would have to be if you didn’t have a big family. Will the floor be exposed to moisture often? Will you be able to maintain the floor, and replace or re-finish it when need be? You must ask yourself all of these questions before solidifying a decision on the type of flooring prior to installation.
In the kitchen, your choice of flooring should depending upon durability and ease of cleaning. Great kitchen flooring choices are linoleum, ceramic tile, and wood. Linoleum is inexpensive and provides an easy-to-clean surface and comes in countless designs. Ceramic tiles are even better. Also easy to maintain and available in a huge range, they offer superior durability, resisting most dents, dings and scratches.
There are a couple of things to bear in mind about tiles, however. One is that if installed over a floor that has structural movement, ceramic tiles are prone to crack. So if your house is very old, it’s probably a good idea to replace your subfloor while you’re at it. A second point that’s worth thinking about, particularly if your family includes children or anyone with special safety needs, is that smooth tiles can be very slippery when they get wet, so you may want to consider ones with a textured surface.
Then there’s wood. While some feel it’s an unusual choice now that there are so many different flooring options, hardwood can sometimes be an excellent choice for the kitchen. Wood is also fairly good at supporting high traffic volume. One important reminder: When installing wood flooring in a kitchen, do make sure you apply a good protective finish, such as a polyurethane, to guard against the many kinds of moisture that inevitably make their way onto the kitchen floor.
Even more so than kitchens, bathrooms obviously see a lot of moisture. Linoleum, ceramic tile, limestone, marble and granite are all popular and functional flooring choices, coming with a range of different price tags and requiring various levels of expertise to install. Working with ceramic or even vinyl tiles is relatively easy, and many homeowners should be able to successfully do it themselves. Ceramic tiles look great and provide superb durability, but they aren’t cheap. And if you should elect to go with an even more challenging and higher-end material such as marble, you are going to need to hire top-professionals. Not only is it more difficult to place and install, but also, the material itself is so expensive that you really can’t afford too many mistakes.
Flooring for the rest of your home’s living space really comes down to a matter of personal choice. Some people like tile in their living areas, some wood, others carpet, perhaps all three.
Tile offers a nearly unlimited variety of patterns and styles, from the simple to the exotic, which make it possible for tiles to give a room a very creative or exotic feel. On the other hand, tiles can feel cold and hard underfoot, so they may not be the best choice if you’re looking for something a bit more cozy.