When you’re ready to select flooring, it’s easy to find the variety of choices overwhelming and confusing. If you do your homework and approach the purchase as an informed customer, the process will be easier and more fun for you.
There are four issues to consider as you plan your flooring purchase.
- The function of the room. Is it a high traffic space or a room that you rarely use? Do you have children or pets? Any elderly relatives living with you? Think about issues such as how waterproof the flooring choice is, problems with stains or spills, sound absorption, and cushioning. Your flooring consultant can help you determine your best flooring choices for your needs.
- Maintenance issues. Do you have the time and energy to manage a floor that requires high maintenance, or would you rather have something that cleans up with a damp mop? Do children or pets make an easy to maintain floor a requirement? Decide before you buy so you don’t regret a floor that can’t hold up to the demands of your household.
- Style goals. Traditional, modern and eclectic homes look best with floors that match the style. Consider color and contrast also when making your flooring choices. You may find it helpful to bring a few samples with you when you shop.
- Budget requirements. Make and (try to) stick with a budget. You may want to have a range so you can stretch if your dream flooring is a bit more expensive than you’d planned, or if a bargain choice allows you to spend more money on other elements in the room.
A bewildering array of flooring options is available in the market that could completely confuse you as a customer. To be an informed customer, you need to make a list of functions that the floor needs to perform before you set out to buy flooring material.
Spend the time to become an informed shopper, and make easier and better flooring decisions!