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Questions to ask Yourself Before Buying a New Floor

The options are endless when it comes to choosing the right flooring for you space. Ask yourself these questions to help assess your home’s flooring needs so that you can narrow down the choices.

Where is the room that is being renovated and how will it be used?
Basements and all cement floors are more susceptible to moisture than upstairs, therefore, you must consider those limitations. If it is for an entry area or a play area for pets and/or children, look for flooring that can handle wear and abuse.

Is the area susceptible to spills like in a kitchen or high moisture like in a bathroom? 
Over time, carpets can become rippled (like bacon cooking) in a humid environment, and hardwood can warp and buckle. Ceramic however, or luxury vinyl tiles or planks could be a great alternative. It is also easy to maintain and comes in an extraordinary variety of shapes, colors and textures to suit your personal taste or décor.

 

Do you plan on installing heated floors?
Not all floors are compatible with all heated floors. Ceramic, most laminates, and some luxury vinyl tiles or planks are suitable for radiant heat.

Are you concerned about colour and scratches? Do you have young children and/or pets?
The colour of your floors is very important as it will impact on the look of the entire room.
- Lighter floors can make the room feel larger, however, it will show stains easier as well as wear.
- Darker floors can make a room feel cozy but you will see dust and pet hair easily.
- Neutral tones will make it easier to change your home décor down the road without having to redo your floors. Neutral tones can also accommodate colourful decors easily.

Take into consideration that if you have young children and/or pets, hardwood floors of any kind will eventually have dents and scratches but it will show less on a neutral-coloured floor with more pronounced wood grain. Also note that hardwood floors can be sanded, stained and/or re-varnished down the road.

Will your new floor coordinate with other floors and style in your home?
Sometimes contrasts or different textures may compliment your overall style or colour scheme. Creat