There are a lot of options to consider when it comes time to choose the flooring for the different areas of your home. While the look is important, it’s also a good idea to factor in the cost of the materials and installation, as well as the functionality and weaknesses of any flooring options being considered. When it comes to your custom home, it’s important to ensure that the flooring you choose is perfect for your family, your design, and your lifestyle.
Wood floors continue to gain popularity through the years, and it’s easy to see why. Wood floors create a beautiful aesthetic no matter which wood species you choose, offering lots of options that can be tailored to your home’s design. Wood is not the best option for areas of the home that experience high moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens, but it can be a long-lasting and lovely addition to common areas of your home.
Hardwood is the luxury version of wood flooring, made entirely from wood planks. It’s one of the more expensive options when it comes to wood flooring, but it raises the value of your home and looks stunning. This type of flooring can last for decades with the right care because it can be sanded and resealed several times over since it’s solid wood all the way through.
Engineered wood is a great alternative to hardwood flooring because it is a hardwood top layer with plywood underneath, so it offers that same majestic aesthetic at a considerably lower price. Since it’s not hardwood all the way through, it can typically only be sanded and resealed once before it needs to be fully replaced. However, it is more resistant to warping from moisture than pure hardwood flooring, so it’s a viable option for the kitchen or dining area of your home.
Bamboo is the eco-friendly version of hardwood flooring. Bamboo is a resource that replenishes itself quickly, making it an excellent alternative to hardwood. It also comes in many different patterns and colors, so you won’t be limited in options even if you choose to go this route over hardwood. Like engineered hardwood, bamboo is also more resistant to warping from moisture, so it can be used in some areas where water is present.
Vinyl, especially luxury vinyl, has been gaining a lot of popularity in recent years. This is an inexpensive option that is resistant to stains and water damage while requiring minimal maintenance, so it’s really no wonder why people are flocking to it. It can be found in plank form (LVP) or tile form (LVT) so you’re sure to find vinyl that suits any room of your home and greatly elevates the design.
Tile is one of the best options when it comes to areas of the home that experience a lot of moisture, especially the bathroom and the kitchen. Tile is very durable and moisture-resistant, but it is also a bit more expensive. It comes in a wide array of patterns and colors, ensuring that the perfect tile exists for your home.
If durability is your main concern, go with the material that withstands the forces of nature itself—natural stone. Natural stone flooring will withstand whatever you throw at it while providing a majestic and stunning aesthetic. This material is expensive to install, but it can raise the value of your home and provide a unique design element.
Carpet is a mainstay in flooring, and for good reason. Carpet is relatively inexpensive depending on the type you choose, it comes in an unfathomable array of patterns and colors, and you can even decide how plush it should be. It is completely customizable to the look of your home and provides a flooring option that is soft and warm—perfect for those cold winter months.
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