Is it time to spruce up your flooring? Here are some ideas to keep in mind when choosing the right flooring for your space.
We have now lived in 3 different homes and each one needed it’s own set of fixes and repairs almost immediately when we moved in. Of course, that may just be our own personal preference too. Regardless, we replaced the flooring in each home. We also used different types of flooring for each home too based on the need, plus our budget.
When we moved into our current home, the entire home had laminate flooring except for the bedrooms. The bedrooms were carpeted, but it didn’t match. There were 3 different types of carpet in the rooms. Now, for someone who is very much OCD, this did not bode well with me. Shortly after moving in, we ended up replacing the carpet in all of our rooms except our game room, it’s next on my list, but we are likely going with a different flooring type.
Quickly after we moved in, we replaced the carpet in the office with tile, which was great but also a pain to do as a DIY project for sure. If you are going to DIY your tile, be certain that you know what you are doing. We did…and it was still very difficult.
That left the rest of the house to deal with the flooring. Now, I honestly did not mind the laminate, it wasn’t awful, but about 18 months or so ago, we had a major issue. Here is a free piece of advice, if you have a septic system get it checked out before you move in or better yet, at least know where it is. We didn’t know where ours was. This wasn’t a good sign because that meant that it hadn’t been pumped in at least 30 years. That’s an entirely different post, but it ended up costing us a very hefty price to get it fixed and on top of that, it backed up into our bathroom, which then buckled our floors and guess what?
It’s time to replace ALL the floors in the entire house because they all connected together. That led us to deciding on flooring.
Now, in our previous homes we did laminate, but this time I decided to really think about this closely.
Questions to Ask When Choosing Flooring
- What is the purpose of the space?
- What is the moisture level like in the space?
- How much traffic does the space get?
- How much do you want to spend?
- Are you going to DIY or pay to install?
- How long do you want it to last or expect it to last?
- What level of cleaning do you want?
These are the questions that you MUST ask yourself to really make a good decision on your floors. Trust me, it is not fun to replace the floors because you essentially have to move your entire house out to get the floors in and then move back in again. It’s like a bonus move. It’s also a good way to detour you from moving because you will feel like you are moving just to get the floors in.
Now what are you options?
These are just a few key options that are likely to be in homes across the country.
Now, what did we go with?
I ask myself all the above questions. I wanted something that would last if not forever, close to it. I also wanted something easy to clean. I mentioned how OCD I am, trust me I prove my point when it comes to cleaning. I wanted something that I couldn’t always see the footprints and dust on all the time. I wanted something where when someone walks on it, part of the coloring doesn’t change.
We ended up going with tile for our home. We tiled the entire house, other than the bedrooms, with ‘wood-look’ tile. It’s ceramic tile but it looks like wood. I absolutely can say that I am beyond happy with how it turned out and how it held up. We ended up having it done with Lowe’s, which I honestly think is probably the best deal you can find. They did a great job installing it and working with us on the entire process. It is quite a process too. It took them about a week and we literally had to move out. We stayed with family for a week while the floors were going in.
We chose it because it checked all of our boxes on the questions to ask yourself. Now, for our game room, I’m actually thinking about doing a luxury vinyl, because we want something easy in there that is durable but overtime could quickly be changed out since it will be a heavily used room.
That is next on my list, so I’d love to hear if you have any thoughts on luxury vinyl?
My only complaint is that it moves and you can see the spots where it sort of slides away from the other tile. So I’m looking for tips on that too!
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