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What Is The Best Flooring For My Custom Home?

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

When building a custom home one of the most important decisions you will make is choosing the right flooring for your new home. What may seem like a simple and easy task will take a bit more thought that you may initially realize. One of the things that you need to realize is that your floor is the most utilized part of your home, so it will need to be durable enough to handle the type of traffic that can be expected. For instance, a family with children under the age of 10 would not necessarily be able to choose some of the flooring options of middle aged empty nesters. As much as beauty and preference play a role, practicality is a powerful variable as well.

This article will focus on providing some brief insight into making the right decisions concerning flooring for your new custom home based on your specific needs and preferences.

Traffic

One of the first things you want to consider when choosing the flooring for your new home is the traffic. Different parts of your home will have different levels of traffic and the type of traffic will be different. For example, your stairway will have way more traffic than your personal study and your children’s bedrooms will be high traffic areas because of their activity. The traffic in your children’s bedroom will even be different from the traffic in your own bedroom. You will want to discuss the different types of flooring with your designer and the advisor at the flooring store. Remember to take your time when making your decision; you don’t want to have to make premature changes because of an initial mistake.

Flooring for the Occasion

Ceramic tile makes a great flooring choice for bathroom and kitchens. Ceramic tile is extremely versatile and durable, while still being able to provide a look that is aesthetically pleasing. Tile comes in so many different colors and textures that you will surely be able to find something that will be a complete fit.

Hardwood flooring is always a great choice when you are shooting for that more classical look. Although wood flooring can sometimes be easily damaged, there are numerous ways to treat the wood prior to installation to increase its resistance to scratches and other damages. There are also precautionary post-installation measures that will help increase the longevity of your wood floors.

Carpeting runs the gamut when it comes to flooring. You have certain types of carpet that stands up to anything. You also have more delicate types that require a lot of care and attention. Once again, the key is to understand the variables surrounding the area you wish to place this carpet in. You would obviously not want shag carpeting in your children’s room. When considering carpet it would be a good idea to consider the cleaning costs associated with each brand and type. Also give careful thought to the average lifespan of the type of carpet you are considering.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com