7 Questions to Know Before Buying a New Floor

27 Feb 7 Questions to Know Before Buying a New Floor

Your flooring options are endless. Our list of 7 Questions to Know Before Buying a New Floor will help you assess your home’s flooring needs to narrow your choices quickly.

1.  Where is the room located and how will it be used?

Ground-level and basement spaces are more susceptible to moisture than those upstairs, so consider the impact on your flooring choice. Also, if the room will serve as an entry area for your home or a play area for pets and kids, look for flooring that can handle wear. If the floor needs to support a wheelchair, walker or cane, make sure the flooring material will allow easy, unobstructed movement.

Basement before and after, laminate or vinyl are great flooring choices for this space

2.  What is your climate?

As you shop for flooring for your home, it’s important to consider the climate where you live. Factors such as temperature and humidity play a key role in overall floor performance. While laminate, hardwood and bamboo can acclimate (adjust) naturally to their surroundings, they’re not recommended for certain environments. It’s important that you choose flooring that suits not only your furnishings but also the natural climate conditions of your living space.

With both solid and engineered hardwoods, you should aim to keep humidity levels in your home between 35% and 55%.

Depending on where you live, winter may bring more than holidays, snowmen, and ski days. With winter usually comes low humidity levels. If you have hardwood floors (engineered or natural), there are a few things you need to know about hardwood and humidity levels to keep your floor in great shape.

Here’s the Hardwood Golden Rule: With both solid and engineered hardwoods, you should aim to keep humidity levels in your home between 35% and 55%. Now here’s why.

 

3.  Will you have to redecorate?

Color is a major consideration when buying a new floor because it impacts the entire room.  Lighter flooring can make rooms feel larger but show stains and reveal wear.  Darker flooring can make rooms feel cozy but show dust and pet hair.  Neutral tones accommodate colorful décor easily, making it easy to change your home décor down the road.

4.  Will your new and existing flooring coordinate?
Consider how the new flooring will complement your overall interior style and decorating scheme.  Blending materials and creating interesting transition spaces with patterns or materials may solve your design dilemmas.

The new flooring here perfectly compliments the existing tile. Remember to consider the different heights when selecting your new floors

5.  What level of floor care is required?
Are you willing to make the new flooring’s maintenance schedule a part of your life?  Ask what is involved in cleaning and upkeep and factor things like refinishing and steaming into your decision.
6.  Does anyone in your home have allergies?
Hard surface flooring, such as hardwood or laminate, collects fewer dust mites and allergens.  Add warmth and visual interest with easy-to-clean rugs on top of your new floors.
6.  Do you have, or plan to install, a heated floor?
New flooring installation is more than lining up boards and tiles.  Know whether or not you can identify and repair a faulty subfloor, if you know how to safely dispose of old flooring and if you can return unused boxes or pieces to the store. Some flooring may require professional removal.

 

8.  Is financing your new floors available to you?

It’s important to partner with a flooring company that offers flexible payment options.  Whether you plan to pay by traditional methods including cash, cheque or credit card – or whether you’d prefer $0 down or no payments for three months, Hardwood Your Home offers payment plans to suit any budget.  Learn more today.

Are you considering new floors for your home?  Get in touch today and get an appointment with Hardwood Your Home‘s Mobile Showroom within one hour!

 

 

 

 

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