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What Questions to Ask Before Installing a New Floor

Installing a new floor can be a great way to change the look of your home without the hassle of repainting and redecorating every last detail of your home. The new floor will provide your family with a great place to walk and live on while also adding value to your home in some cases. If you are looking for a new floor, there are some questions that you need to ask yourself before you make the ultimate decision on the type of floor that you want for your home.

1. How’s the weather? 
Climate is a major factor you will want to consider when you are thinking about changing your flooring. If you live in a very wet area, hardwood floors may not be the best bet for your home. It is also important to note that humidity and heat can change the look of certain types of carpet in your home.

2. Will you sneeze? 
Allergies are one of the biggest reasons that homeowners choose to switch from carpet to hardwood. If you have allergies or anyone in your family has allergies, you may want to consider going with a hardwood or other non-fiber option. There are some carpets that are hypoallergenic, but these still need to be vacuumed on a regular basis to ensure that there is no buildup of substances that can be detrimental to people with allergies. Hypo allergenic carpet can sometimes be almost as expensive as hardwood floors.

3. Do you want to do the latest update? 
If your answer is no, move onto the next question. If you’re thinking about it, consider the possibilities of the floor you already have now. If you have hardwood or linoleum in your home, you may be able to put rugs down to change the look. A large rug will drastically change the way that your living room feels. Even concrete floors can be upgraded quickly and easily with all of the concrete paint that is available at most home improvement stores. If you have carpet, there are not many ways you can update the flooring in your home.

4. Do you have to take care of it? 
The short answer is, “of course you do.” The more involved answer is, “how much do you want to take care of it?” Different types of floors have different levels of care required to keep them looking nice and lasting a long time. You will be able to determine which type of floor has the easiest care by looking at the different options. If you already have a busy lifestyle or kids, you may want to choose a floor that is lower maintenance than other floors. Generally, dark hardwood floors and special made carpeting are higher maintenance varieties. Hardwood floors must be swept daily and carpeted floors should be vacuumed at least every other day.

5. Will it match your other floors? 
If you don’t have enough money to redo the floors in your entire house, we understand. Most people don’t have that kind of money. Even if you don’t plan to do your whole house at once or you want to have different floors in different rooms, you must make sure that your floors will match. Floors that don’t match can break up the pattern of your home and make guests feel choppy when they are walking through your home. Even if you don’t want floors that are perfectly matched, it is important to have at least some element carry over into all of the floors like a color or the direction of the flooring.

6. Will it even match your home? 
Will it match your decor? Will you need to redecorate? Will it go with the theme of your home? These questions are important in determining both what type of floor you want and how you are going to put the floor down. While you can redecorate as you go, some homeowners may not want to force themselves into a large decorating project just because they want to change the way the floor of their home works.

7. Is this a DIY or Don’t IY? 
It is important for homeowners to understand what they can do themselves and what they must hire a professional to do. Floors are something that can be done fairly easily on your own and do not require a lot of skill to be able to do. Simple tools are required and homeowners can expect the floors to take quite a large amount of time. By hiring a professional, the need for these tools is diminished and the process can go much quicker. It is generally recommended that only professionals install hardwood floors because having an uneven pattern or destroying the grain can ruin the look.

8. Do you want cold feet? 
Whether you are getting ready for a wedding or getting out of bed in the morning, cold feet are never a good thing. It can be uncomfortable to have to crawl out of bed just to have to step out onto a cold floor. Some floors, especially in more modern homes, have heat already installed under them. This creates a more comfortable environment and can add a large amount of value to the home. These floors are generally laid before the sulfuring is placed and the rest of the house is finished. If you already have heated floors, it is important to find out if you are able to install a new floor, special precautions may need to be taken. Heated floors are something that can be done during a floor redo, but they are much more expensive than a traditional floor being redone.

9. Where is it? 
The location of the room and the traffic of the room are one of the most important factors to choosing a new floor for your home. For example, you probably would not want to lay linoleum in your bedroom and carpet in your kitchen, but doing the reverse would be perfectly acceptable and practical. There are other things that must come into play as well, including the traffic to the area. If you are installing carpet in a living room or front room area, you will want to make sure that you get a carpet that is intended for high traffic. Kitchen floors should also be made to withstand a lot of traffic because people might not be constantly walking through them, but they will likely be moving throughout the kitchen at intervals. The biggest single biggest question to ask yourself when looking for a new floor is, “will it work for my home?”

Author Bio: Kevin Morse works at Franklin Building Supply, a one-stop solution for all the building supply needs. He loves to blog about home décor and DIY and often provides valuable suggestions for home improvement.

2 thoughts on “What Questions to Ask Before Installing a New Floor

  1. help .
    have dark hardwood in living room , lounge and dining area .
    Want to replace tiles in entrance and kitchen , but do not
    want to put down dark wood , any suggestions ?

  2. It is good to know that one should ask if the new flooring will match the rest of your home before installing. I also like the idea of redecorating your home as part of the re-flooring project. I have heard that engineered hardwood floors are good because they do not expand and shrink as much as other floors.

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