The floor, a practical part of your home and sometimes neglected, is one of the features to update in your property.  When installing new flooring it’s important to choose the right material for the space. Here are a few suggestions for selecting your home’s best flooring option.

Consider the Environment

If you are installing a floor in a room with high humidity and a lot of moisture, you’ll want to select something that is suited to that environment. Generally, the best options include concrete, tile or vinyl. Typically, wood doesn’t fare well in high-humidity because it can warp.

Consider the Traffic

If you have a lot of guests or just a busy household with kids and pets, you’ll want durable flooring that can handle the traffic without wearing out. Again, tile and vinyl commonly weather the effects heavy traffic without much impact. Engineered wood may sustain its look better than real hardwood. But if you

 prefer the look of hardwood, it can be sanded and refinished (at an additional cost) to remove scratches or areas of wear and tear. If you prefer carpeting, be sure to use only high-quality carpeting that functions better in high-traffic areas -- otherwise, you’ll likely notice wearing and will need to replace more frequently.

Consider the Price

For budget-conscious improvements, typically the least expensive flooring material is laminate. However, some ceramics and porcelain tile floors can also be cost effective. For moderately-priced carpeting, tiles, hardwood and/or engineered wood, expect to pay between $2 and $5 per square foot and if budget restrictions are not vital, consider the more expensive hardwoods such as mahogany or Brazilian cherry.

Consider Installation

For do-it-yourself homeowners (DIYers), you’ll find that laminate and vinyl are the easiest to install. Tile will be more difficult and hardwood more complicated and time-consuming. Carpeting almost always appears best when professionally installed with the right equipment to get a truly “flat” installation.

Consider Maintenance

For flooring options that need very little upkeep, vinyl and laminate are prime choices. Just clean with a wet or damp mop. Alternately, hardwood, often selected for the sheer beauty it provides, will have higher maintenance requirements to retain its good looks.

So before you install any of these choices, know what is needed, what it requires, what it costs and how long you can expect it to last. For additional information regarding flooring options and how they can impact the value of your home or a home you are interested in purchasing, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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