5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Flooring Type

Planning Flooring

All good things come to an end (looking at you, shag carpet and 1960s linoleum). When it comes time to renovate your space, there are several factors to analyze before choosing which flooring type is optimal for your situation.

Making the right decision begins with asking the right questions. In this article, we’ll cover the five you should consider before making your purchase.

1. How Much Foot Traffic Will This Area Receive?

The flooring you install in areas that receive a significant amount of traffic should have two main qualities: durability, and clean-ability. Simply put, you want the flooring material in these spaces to require as little maintenance as possible, even when tasked with standing up to heavy use.

Kitchens and walkways, for example, will also have to contend with food and dirt being tracked in by those who didn’t read adhere to your “wipe your feet before entering” rule. Fortunately, if you’ve chosen to install a tile or luxury vinyl floor, cleanup is a breeze!

2. What’s My Budget?    

Installing a new floor is an investment that increases your home’s value, but it’s still important to set a budget for your project. We offer a wide range of flooring choices at different price points in order to accommodate all of our customers. For example, if you desire the look of wood but are looking to keep costs down, luxury vinyl can be a solution that both your eyes and your wallet agree upon.

Regardless of your budget, we recommend scheduling a consultation with an Edwards Carpet team member.  A quick conversation can ensure you’re installing the highest-quality floor while staying within your preferred price range. 

3. Are Any Children and/or Pets Expected in the Future?

Life can change in the blink of an eye! While you may not always be able to foresee new additions to your family, there are plenty of instances in which a new child (of the human or four-legged variety) is part of the plan.

It doesn’t take a flooring expert to know that young children and puppies – cute as they may be – are not going to be your floor’s best friend. Perhaps installing that elegant wood floor might be a project to tackle once they’ve grown up a little.

4. Does Anyone In My Family Have Allergy Concerns?

If nobody in your family has particularly bad allergies, this one might not be a question you need to ask. However, anyone who has (or lives with someone who has) severe allergies understands that even the slightest bit of dust, dirt, or other irritants, can make life uncomfortable.

Carpeting is often a great choice to install in spaces like basements and family rooms, but there’s no denying that hard surfaces are much more allergy-friendly. If you want to soften things up a bit, consider adding an area rug on top of a vinyl or tile surface.

5. Will My New Floors Match My Current Design?

If you’re not a fan of scary stories, proceed with caution:

You’ve finally made your selection and are counting down the days ‘til that trendy new floor steals the show in your kitchen. Once it’s installed, you recognize that the color clashes with your cabinets and walls. Now you’re faced with two options: additional renovations you didn’t anticipate, or unhappily living with the results.

Don’t fall victim to this predicament. With so many options to choose from, there are several flooring choices that will seamlessly complement your current aesthetic. Take your time during the planning stage, and you’ll be satisfied with the results.

Your Upgrade Starts Here

After more than 80 years of providing homes and businesses with the best flooring products for their properties, we have the knowledge and experience to the job done right. No matter your needs, we guarantee the entire installation process from start to finish.   Get in touch online to get started with your project. Our outstanding service and installation team is here to provide suggestions and answer any questions you have along the way.