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July 15, 2014

Buying a Home: Flooring Options

Buying a home means lots of decision-making. When it comes to choosing flooring, innovative options exist for every room of the home. It pays to spend time carefully evaluating all of your options, from budget to high-quality, durable flooring, before making a decision. You can even consider incorporating heating and cooling into the flooring.

Work with your builder and design specialist, to cover these basic questions:

  • What is your budget? Within your overall budget for the flooring, perhaps you can devote some of that money to purchase durable flooring for high-traffic areas, or to rooms where you want to invest in a warm, cozy environment.
  • What location-specific components need considered? Take into account where the flooring will go. For instance, laundry rooms and bathrooms are famously wet, and they need specialized flooring that can resist water or is waterproof.
  • What kind of maintenance are you willing to do? Some flooring requires more maintenance than others. For example, while hardwood flooring is beautiful, it requires some upkeep in terms of refinishing, and sometimes sanding, to keep it in great condition.
  • What’s your personal style? This is the fun part. Once you’ve considered practical components like maintenance, let your hair down, and let your inner style loose. Look at options that reflect your style, whether that be modern, contemporary or country.

Now, here’s a rundown of some of the pros and cons of common and exotic flooring options:

  • Tile is versatile, and there are lots of options that can fit nearly any budget.  Once it’s installed, it’s easy to maintain. If it gets stained or chipped, it’s also relatively easy to fix. For example, if one tile becomes damaged, you can remove it and install a new one. While tile feels cool underfoot in summer, it can be too cold for some homeowners’ preferences for winter. Combine tile with under-the-floor radiant heating for a luxurious yet efficient solution.
  • Linoleum is waterproof, highly durable, and a great option for bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. However, it has a reputation as the “poor man’s flooring.” Today, there are lots of quality linoleum options from which to choose.
  • Hardwood offers homeowners a great return on investment and it can be installed nearly anywhere. Its warmth, character and durability make it a go-to choice for a lasting, never-goes-out-of-style look. You need to be committed to its upkeep, however, and sometimes, families with pets or small children opt against using it.
  • Green flooring like cork and bamboo are unique options for homeowners who want an innovative look. Cork resists impact, as its cushiony texture bounces back from impressions, and it’s versatile. Choose from non-toxic plank or tile sizes. Bamboo flooring is another sustainable flooring option, providing homeowners with a durable, strong floor that also resists impact. The downside of green flooring, however, is that it’s usually costly.
  • Carpet, a traditional option homeowners have used for decades, lends warmth to rooms, and it’s available in a wide variety of textures and colors. It also muffles noise, a task that hard-surface flooring can’t do, and it’s warm in winter. However, it stains easily and harbors dirt.

Study the flooring options that work with your budget when buying a home in Omaha. If you’re building a custom home, talk to the experts at Choice Custom Homes about using radiant heating underneath a hard-surface floor. Or just give us a call to talk through the flooring options that appeal to you.

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