The following are what we feel are the ideal flooring options for every type of room in your home:
Any type of floor covering will work in this area, since most people wipe their feet off on a mat before entering the house. Hardwood’s still a good look for many homes, as well as ceramic tiles and LVT’s (Luxury Vinyl Tiles).
Safety and sound issues are foremost in this room, and carpet emerges as the best choice. It cushions kids’ falls and takes the noise level down a notch. Some carpet is made from yarn that’s virtually nonabsorbent, which allows spills to be cleaned easily.
The most private room in the house is still the domain of carpet, which dampens sound and feels softer underfoot than other floor coverings. The construction of the fiber itself dictates how it performs underfoot. Choosing plush pile versus Berber is a cosmetic choice. Someone older, who’s more tentative on their feet, wants a firm feel underneath, so a harder finished carpet is best to avoid slippage.
In most cases, the dining room is attached to the kitchen, so it makes sense to simply extend the flooring from one room to the next, whether you choose wood flooring, tile or LVT.
While carpet is a popular choice for the bedroom, wood flooring, whether hardwood, engineered or LVT, can be a great alternative for a guest bedroom if you’re looking to add style. Choose a warm color and a defined texture to up the coziness factor. Add a premium underlayment for maximum sound reduction.
Library or Study:
A study or reading room should exude a sense of elegance and formal serenity. Wood floors in dark, rich colors help make that statement. If you’re on a budget, laminate or LVT is an affordable alternative to the real thing.
The flooring options for living rooms are many and should match the style of the house. Hardwood is timeless, and LVT, laminate and carpet are also good choices.
Water splashed from the tub or shower and the high humidity in this room require flooring that won’t be affected by moisture. Laminates and hardwood floors, which absorb moisture, aren’t recommended, but ceramic tile, porcelain, or waterproof LVT is a good choice.
When watching television and movies or listening to music, the acoustics of a room are a factor. You don’t want to disturb others in adjoining rooms, and at the same time you want to enjoy hearing what you’re listening to. Carpet is a good choice where acoustics count. Avoid hardwood.
Basement and Below Grade:
Before installing any flooring option, make sure there are no moisture issues with the concrete slab. If there are, laminate and wood wouldn’t be good choices, because they tend to absorb water. Luxury vinyl tile, or LVT, is often used in basements because vinyl is unaffected by moisture and is low maintenance. Engineered wood or laminate flooring, above a moisture barrier, will also work. If moisture isn’t an issue, carpet will help keep the room warm.
Wood flooring, tile, and waterproof LVT are popular choices for the kitchen, which may be affected by liquids hitting the floor during cooking.
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