How to Choose the Right Flooring for Your Custom Home

December 17, 2020

When thinking about your custom home, one of the important considerations will be the flooring in each room and throughout the home. There are a lot of flooring options to choose from and the right flooring for you will depend on several factors. Here are some things to consider to help choose the right flooring for your custom home:

1. Consider the Amount of Foot Traffic

The floor will be a highly-used element of your home and it will need to be durable enough to withstand the type of foot traffic that can be expected. Different parts of your home will have different levels of foot traffic and the type of foot traffic will be different.

Highly-trafficked rooms will require a more durable floor than rooms that are not used often. If you have children or pets, you’ll need a durable, long-lasting floor that can stand up to running feet and paws, toys, messes, and more.

2. Think About How the Room Will be Used

In addition to who will be walking or running across the floor, you also need to consider where the floor will be located and how it will be used. An entryway will need to be able to handle a lot of foot traffic as well as moisture and dirt. A weatherproof mat can help, but your floor will still need to be durable enough to handle any of the outdoors that come in on people’s shoes and be easy to clean.

A bathroom or a kitchen will need a floor that can withstand a lot of foot traffic in addition to moisture. Bathroom floors deal with a lot of water in addition to humidity while kitchen floors need to be able to withstand spills of all kinds. On top of that, these floors also need to be durable and easy to clean.

A bedroom will also need to be able to handle a lot of foot traffic over time. Although durability and maintenance are important here too, comfort is also an important characteristic of bedroom flooring, especially if you don’t want to deal with layering carpets or area rugs to make it more comfortable. There are also flooring options that can help absorb noise and can be soundproofing options for a quieter home if that is the atmosphere you want.

3. Consider How Much Maintenance is Required

Different types of flooring require different amounts of maintenance to keep it looking great. Some are easier to clean than others and some are more easily damaged than others. In addition to the type of foot traffic your flooring needs to endure, you also need to think about how much maintenance you want to deal with.

Hardwood floors are beautiful and easy to clean, but they require cleaning, upkeep, and polishing. Vinyl and laminate can give you the look of hardwood and the easy cleaning without the need for polish. Tile also tends to be easy to clean, but tends to be loud and cold. Carpet is warmer and softer, but tends to trap dirt and allergens and can be harder to clean.

Maintenance often means more than just cleaning. You do want to consider how easy it is to clean the flooring option you are evaluating. But, you also want to think about how easily that type of flooring is damaged, the cost in time and money to repair the damage, and what else you have to do in order to maintain that type of flooring.

4. Think About the Style of Your Home

The right flooring for your custom home also has to help create the look and feel you want. As you’re thinking about the flooring in a room and throughout your home, also consider the style you’re going for in the home. In addition, think about whether you want similar rooms to have the same flooring, like the same type of carpet or flooring in all of the bedrooms.

Many flooring types are versatile and come in a variety of colors, patterns, styles, etc. So, you should be able to find the right fit for you and the atmosphere you want to create. If you tend to switch up decor a lot or like to be bold with it, a neutral color for your floor is a good option. But, statement floors are gaining popularity and are one of the vintage kitchen decor ideas.

These are just a few considerations to help you choose the right flooring for your custom home. There are many flooring options to choose from. Looking at popular flooring trends can help you keep up with new options, but you’ll still need to figure out what you need in a floor before making a choice.

There are also a ton of other details to work through when thinking about a custom home. A reputable, experienced custom home builder can be a valuable partner during the custom home process. They can help you handle the details and work through the best options for you based on your lifestyle, needs, and tastes.

If you’re ready to start making your dream home a reality, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090!