Today’s flooring provides myriad options for your home, which creates even more questions about the best flooring for living, kitchen and bath areas. Our guide helps you explore the benefits of each selection for your home.
Improved technology and manufacturing means that flooring options are better than ever, with multiple colors, patterns and textures available in every material.
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Carefully consider the location of your new floor. Is it below-, on- or above-grade? Basements are susceptible to ground moisture, so your flooring choice may be different from a bedroom on the second or third floor.
Likewise, kitchens and bathrooms are prone to water damage and humid conditions, which should be a heavy factor in your decision-making process.
Note whether the area you’re placing the flooring has (or will have) radiant heat. Some flooring materials aren’t compatible, so make it known early in the shopping process.
Also, be sure to observe the space throughout the day. Does it get a lot of direct sun? UV light can fade or darken certain flooring, so look for resistant products.
Take detailed measurements and create a drawing (on-scale is preferable, if possible) including doorways, fireplaces, built-ins or other structure that change the floor’s flow.
To calculate your room’s square footage, multiply length by width. If you have an irregularly shaped room, divide the area into smaller squares and rectangles, calculating the square footage of each, then add the square footage of each area together for the room’s total square footage.
But, don’t rely completely on this calculation. It’s always smart to buy 10% more flooring than what you think you need. This allows for mistakes and bad pieces. Plus, a little extra flooring on hand is great for repairs down the road. Keep a few cartons of your product in a place where the temperature and moisture will not damage the flooring, like under the bed or in the top of a closet. This keeps the product readily acclimated and available should you need it.
Whichever flooring options you choose, buy coordinating mouldings, transitions and accessories to complete your project. Look for quarter rounds, t-mouldings, thresholds, reducers, wall base, four-in-one molding, underlayment and care / maintenance accessories.
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