Congratulations! You exchanged vows, promised to love each other until death do you part, and now you are knee deep in fixing up your future home. One of the first projects you’ll likely do is decide on the flooring options for each room.
Flooring decisions are difficult. There are colors, types, and styles that you and your new spouse need to agree upon before you can move forward. He likes light colored flooring and you like dark wood flooring. It’s not an easy choice.
To help you come to an agreement quickly and without bickering, here are a few questions to consider as you narrow your options.
1. Do You Like To Entertain?
As newlyweds, you probably want to show off your new home by having a housewarming party and dinner parties on a regular basis. It’s fun to entertain but it’s also tough on your floors.
Find a floor that’s durable enough to take the brunt of your increased traffic from guests. Hardwood floors get scuffed and scraped by shoes easily. Carpet might show stains from spilled drinks and food. Laminate or vinyl flooring is ideal for high traffic areas because it is durable to these common damages.
2. Do You Have Kids?
Kids bring the activity in your house to a new level. Although their energetic disposition is fun (most of the time) you have to keep up with the running around. While playtime is in full swing, the last thing you want to worry about is your flooring.
Laminate floors are perfect for families with kids. If they become damaged, or if your child accidentally decides that your floors are their new canvas, you can easily replace old planks with new ones. You won’t need to replace your entire floor.
3. Do You Have Pets?
Pets shed and they use their claws to dig into your floors for traction as they sprint across the room to say hello. You need a floor that won’t show the dirt and shedding, and will withstand the enthusiasm to see you.
Laminate is easy to clean. Better yet, it is perfect for pets because it has a protective layer that makes it difficult to scratch.
4. What Room Needs New Flooring?
The final consideration is which room you want to replace your flooring. Is it the bathroom or kitchen? These are water prone rooms, which means you need flooring that won’t warp or buckle when exposed to moisture.
Laminate flooring is not waterproof. Although you can use it in your bathroom and kitchen, it’s important to remember that spills must be cleaned up right away. Never leave a puddle of water sitting on the floors or else you risk damaging your floors. If that is a major concern for your household, tile might be a better option.
5. What’s Your Budget?
Tile and hardwood floors can add up quickly. If you are concerned with how much your floors will cost and you are working on a tight budget, consider the more affordable option.
Laminate floors are an affordable choice. Better yet, they look like real hardwood or tile flooring so they keep the value of your home high. You won’t know that you’re walking on laminate floors, so you can fool your guests and achieve the same stunning look you crave.
There are a tremendous amount of flooring choices for you and your spouse to sift through. Consider these five questions to find the right one for you.
Still not sure? Ask one of our flooring experts by starting a chat session today or calling 1-800-520-0961!
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