Household floors are arguably the most wear-and-tear prone feature of any home, especially in high-traffic areas such as kitchens and hallways.
As a result, many people find themselves contemplating a full floor replacement fairly frequently – and if you’re currently doing the same regarding the flooring in your home, here’s a simple step-by-step guide that can ensure the process is as stress-free as possible.
Step One: Evaluate what you already have
Many homeowners have found that the best new floor isn’t actually a new floor at all; by stripping back old carpet or laminate, you may be able to return to the glory of the original floor.
If you remove your existing floor and find Victorian tiles or old hardwood floors, then you can easily bring these forgotten gems back to life by opting for expert Victorian floor care or choosing to sand and varnish an old hardwood floor yourself – when the work is complete, you’ll have a new (old!) floor that looks truly stunning and unique.
However, If you remove your existing floor and find nothing but bare concrete or floorboards that are not suitable for refinishing – as is likely to be the case in newer properties – you’ll need to pursue an entirely new floor installation, so…
Step Two: Select the right flooring type for your needs
Here’s a quick overview of the options available, including essential considerations regarding each type that you’ll need to take into account when making your decision:
- Carpet – medium longevity, medium maintenance, medium expense
- Laminate – medium longevity, low maintenance, medium expense
- Hardwood – high longevity, medium maintenance, high expense
- Carpet tiles – low longevity, low maintenance, low expense
- Vinyl flooring – low longevity, low maintenance, low expense
- Tiles, which are typically mostly used in bathrooms and kitchens – high longevity, medium maintenance, medium expense
It’s best to make your selection based on the three factors above. For example, if you’re happy to pay more for a floor that will last for a long time, then you could consider hardwood. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a cheaper surface that will be easy to live with, you could opt for vinyl or carpet tiles.
Step Three: Set your budget
Although we’ve provided a brief overview of the performance of each type of floor above, these are not necessarily hard and fast rules.
Essentially, the cheaper any type of floor is, the less likely it is to last for a long time – for example, a cheap hardwood floor will not offer the longevity of more high-end hardwood floors. Due to this, it’s usually preferable to opt for the best quality flooring within your chosen type that you can reasonably afford.
Step Four: Consider adding a rug
While there is definitely something to be said for leaving floors bare, most people will find that doing so decreases the longevity of the floor.
Rugs can help to add extra protection in high-traffic areas or to offer additional protection when placed beneath furniture, so if you’re hoping your new floor will last for many years to come, reserving a portion of your budget for a rug or two is well worth doing.
The four steps above should help ensure you can choose a new floor – or a new-old floor – that is perfectly suited for your home, your style preferences, and your budget – enjoy!
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.