How to Choose the Right Flooring for Your Home Renovation

How to Choose the Right Flooring for Your Home Renovation

How to Choose the Right Flooring for Your Home Renovation

Designing your dream home is a thrilling journey where aesthetics, functionality, and construction seamlessly converge to create a space that embodies your lifestyle and aspirations. From envisioning the perfect layout to selecting the finest materials, every decision contributes to shaping your ideal living environment.

Let’s delve into the art of harmonizing these elements and explore how MBL Construction can play a pivotal role in bringing your dream home to fruition.

Assessing Your Needs

Before exploring the several flooring options available, understanding your needs is crucial. Listed below are some key considerations:
  • Household type: Households are as unique as the people that make them up. Do you have pets or kids? Is it a high-traffic area? It’s important to evaluate all these factors, as they will influence your choice. 
  • Budget: Flooring costs can be variable. Determining a budget range helps narrow down your options. 
  • Climate and seasons: Your local climate and changing seasons can impact your flooring choices. Changes in the severity of the sun and humidity influence some flooring options more than others. 
  • Aesthetic preference: The new flooring should effortlessly complement your existing flooring. Think about the design and ambience you wish to create for your home. 
  • Durability: Consider the flooring’s maintenance and lifespan. Not every flooring is made to last. If you are not a fan of frequent home renovation projects, durable and low-maintenance flooring is possibly your best bet. 

Flooring Materials

There are multiple flooring options available, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks.

Hardwood

There are two primary types of hardwood flooring – solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring. Solid wood flooring, as the name implies, comprises one solid piece of wood, while in engineered wood, a thin veneer of real wood is bonded to layers of structural plywood. Both types are available in up to fifty pieces, popular ones being ash, oak, maple, and walnut.  Benefits of Hardwood
  • Enduring appeal
  • Durable and can be refinished several times
  • Increases your property’s value
  • A huge variety of styles and finishes to choose from
Drawbacks of Hardwood
  • The biggest downside is the cost
  • Highly susceptible to dents and scratches
  • Solid flooring expands and contracts with changes in humidity levels

Laminate

Laminate is another engineered product that uses a photo of wood instead of a veneer on top and adds a protective plastic coating. Therefore, if you love hardwood but are put off by the cost, laminate flooring is perhaps an ideal alternative.  Benefits of Laminate
  • Highly resistant to scratches and dents due to the plastic topcoat
  • More affordable than hardwood
  • Comes with a DIY-friendly “floating floor” option
  • Easy to maintain
Drawbacks of Laminate
  • Cannot be refinished
  • Can be slippery
  • The use of formaldehyde and other chemicals in the manufacturing process makes it a less sustainable and healthy choice 

Vinyl

Vinyl is the fastest-growing category of flooring. Also known as resilient flooring, it comes in a variety of styles, including sheets, tiles, and planks. Vinyl flooring ranges from inexpensive, peel-and-stick- tiles to so-called luxury vinyl tile, which consists of multiple layers.  Benefits of Vinyl
  • Waterproof, making it safe for bathroom and basement renovations
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to install
  • Comfortable underfoot
Drawbacks of Vinyl
  • Can be less durable than other materials
  • May not add significant value to your home
  • Can be difficult to repair if damaged

Tile

There are two main types of time flooring – porcelain and ceramic. Ceramic is made from a mixture of sand and water, making it softer and affordable. Porcelain is made from denser clay and fired at a higher temperature, making it harder and less porous. Benefits of Tile
  • Gives a classic look
  • Are available in countless colour and design configurations
  • Waterproof and low-maintenance
  • Resistant to dents, scratches, water, and stains
Drawbacks of Tile
  • Difficult and expensive to install
  • Can be cold and hard underfoot
  • Hard to clean and maintain due to grout lines

Carpet

Though carpet has been losing its market share to other types of flooring recently, it is still the biggest flooring category in the US. Most carpet sold in this country is tufted with small nylon fibres poking through a backing that is made of polyurethane. It’s a cozy choice that adds comfort and warmth to any room. It is mostly used in bedrooms and living rooms.  Benefits of Carpet
  • Most comfortable and cost-effective flooring
  • Available in a huge range of colours and designs
  • Easy to install and maintain
  • Provides excellent insulation
Drawbacks of Carpet
  • Can stain easily
  • Requires regular maintenance
  • Not suitable for high-moisture areas
Stone Stone is another timeless flooring material that always adds value to your home. The primary types of stones used for flooring include – sedimentary stones, igneous stones, and metamorphic stones. Benefits of Stone
  • Since no two stones are similar, stone flooring has tons of character and uniqueness
  • Can withstand heavy foot traffic and fading under intense light
  • Resistant to dust and allergens
Drawbacks of Stone
  • Most stone variants are expensive
  • Hard underfoot
  • Many stone floors require sealing to resist stains
Concrete  This basic builders’ choice has inspired several high-end designers and builders to use it as a fashion-forward material for floors and kitchen countertops. A concrete floor can be the expected shade of institutional gray or it can be coloured with dyes. It can also endure multiple surface treatments, allowing you to create a truly one-of-a-kind effect. Benefits of Concrete
  • Durable and easy to maintain
  • Available in a wide variety of design options
  • Water-resistant
Drawbacks of Concrete
  • Can be expensive due to customization
  • Needs to be resealed every year to prevent stains
  • Hard underfoot

Hiring a professional home renovation contractor in Calgary or Okotoks is often the best choice for your specific requirements and needs. Professionals have the experience, equipment and expertise to do the job the right way and ensure a flawless finish.

 

Ready To Get Started on Your Remodeling Project?

Choosing the best flooring for your home renovation project requires careful consideration of your needs, budget, and the overall look and feel of your home. The decision is made easier with professionals by your side, so make sure to let them into your homes!

 

If you’re ready to launch your remodel project with expert advice and recommendations, contact us today for a free quote!