Almost all homeowners would agree that a flooring remodel project is a worthwhile endeavor. However, there is a broad range of aspects to which thought must be given before one finalizes his or her plans to install the new floor. The following are five things property owners should consider when planning flooring renovations in their home.
Underestimating cost is a common mistake. Virtually all types of flooring are priced per square foot. Therefore, depending on the size of the area one is remodeling, the total cost can quickly add up to an amount that may be higher than the homeowner originally had in mind.
In addition, all flooring materials are graded by quality, whether one is interested in hardwood floors, carpet or synthetic materials. For example, Berber carpet is more expensive than synthetic carpet, and oak is a slow-growing, hard wood, and therefore is more expensive than pine, which is a fast-growing, soft wood.
Because prices vary significantly from one material to the next, it is wise for all homeowners to set a budget for the project in advance, and then search for an appealing type of flooring that falls within their price range.
Choosing a material largely depend on the homeowner’s personal taste and budget, as well as the area for which the new floor is intended. Some options homeowners should consider include:
- Laminate flooring
- Wall-to-wall carpet
Authentic hardwood flooring not only increases the value of a home, it is a beautiful choice for almost any room. There is a vast array of options from which to choose in this category, such as pine, walnut, oak, cherry and ash, and each one features a slightly different color. For instance, maple, ash, birch and pine fall at the paler end of the color spectrum, while mahogany, rosewood and walnut boast darker tones. Oak falls in the middle of the color spectrum, and is currently a very popular option.
Laminate flooring is made from synthetic materials that feel and look like genuine wood. It was once easy to distinguish laminate flooring from hardwood floors, but the former has been perfected over the past 20 years and it is now difficult to tell the difference between the two.
Wall-to-wall carpeting comes in almost any color and style one could imagine. It is a great choice for living rooms, bedrooms and dens, and most types of carpet are not difficult to clean and maintain. Stain resistant carpets are also available, which require practically no maintenance other than vacuuming.
Once considered a lesser quality material than those mentioned above, vinyl is now one of the most popular flooring options on today’s market. With the creation of “luxury vinyl,” this material easily competes with traditional options. It is available in a broad range of styles and colors that mimic essentially any kind of hardwood floor. Easy to clean and cost effective, vinyl should not be overlooked by any homeowner.
The next thing one should consider is the practicality of his or her choice. For example, if the flooring remodel project is being planned for a high-traffic area, it is important to choose a durable option, as the floor will be subjected to a significant amount of wear and tear. For example, cork flooring is a highly sustainable, eco-friendly option that is not particularly costly to install; however, in areas where foot traffic is high, it will begin showing signs of wear sooner than other floor types.
Similarly, if the floor is being placed in a kitchen or dining room where spills may occur, wall-to-wall carpeting is probably not the best choice. Tile is a great option for some rooms, but if the new floor is being placed in the bathroom, it is important to choose slip proof tiles that are moisture resistant.
Many homeowners want flooring that looks great but is also good for the environment. Fortunately, there are numerous options in this category. Some of the most popular include:
- Reclaimed wood
- Compost flooring
Reclaimed wood flooring is a good eco-friendly choice for any property owner. Wood of this kind is typically removed from old buildings that are under renovation, and therefore leaves no “carbon footprint” behind. It is a particularly good choice for those whose homes feature Victorian or rustic decor.
Bamboo is not only attractive and durable, it is a highly sustainable resource as well. This is because conventional choices such as cherry or oak can take as long as two to three decades to reach maturity, while bamboo is frequently harvested in less than five years.
Cork may seem an odd choice for a flooring option, but consumers who prefer eco-friendly materials will attest to its aesthetic appeal and durability. Once it is installed, homeowners usually find that other people are rarely able to tell the difference between this material and traditional options. Additionally, it is easy to maintain and offers good longevity.
Compost flooring is made from a variety of different materials that were recycled from other sources. Although it is not the most popular choice among homeowners, it is ideal for dwellings with rustic or abstract décor and offers great longevity if it is not abused.
Trim and Molding
Although sometimes considered a minor detail, molding and trim are important considerations during a flooring renovation project. There are several types of trim from which to choose, including quarter round, T-molding and threshold trim. Quarter-round trim is best used where the floor meets the wall’s baseboard. Threshold molding and T-molding are used to blend floor coverings that feature the same or similar height.
Molding can add formal or casual elements, help the room develop a sense of scale, enhance pre-existing features and introduce complementary or contrasting colors and textures. Below are several trim and molding options:
- Vinyl molding
- Foam molding
- Unfinished solid wood trim
- Unfinished decorative wood trim
Unfinished Solid Wood Trim
Generally made from pine or other types of genuine wood, this is the most popular option among modern consumers. This stain-grade molding is manufactured from lumber that features no defects or knots, which guarantees an even, flawless finish.
Unfinished Decorative Wood Trim
This kind of molding can be painted or stained, and is available in a wide variety of embossed patterns and profiles.
Foam molding is made from lightweight, but strong foam and does not warp or shrink. Among all the options, this is the easiest one to install.
This durable trim is manufactured from polystyrene and is typically available in a wide selection of patterns and finishes. It does not warp or shrink, and is the most cost effective among all trim options.
Working with an experienced and knowledgeable staff when completing a flooring remodel project is essential. This is because bad advice, substandard installation procedures and lack of skill are all things that may ruin one’s renovation plans. The professionals at LevelUp Flooring offer clients quality products and installation, as well as friendly, competent customer service. Those planning to remodel their home’s flooring should contact a helpful representative for assistance with all facet of the project to ensure a successful outcome.