Hardwood, carpet or tile - choosing the right flooring for your home
April 26, 2019 | by QualicoCommunities
Picking the right flooring for your home isn’t as cut and dry as it seems. There are tons of options to choose from and tons of factors to consider before coming to a final decision. Most builders have standards for which types of flooring they put in which rooms. Such as tile in the bathroom, carpet in the bedrooms, but the beautiful thing about building your own home, if that you can choose the style and in some cases the material based on your needs and budget.
Whether you visit the design centre or a flooring showroom, the builders or the builder's contractors are always there to guide you. They are up-to-date on trends and knowing what will work best for every family dynamic. To help you along this sometimes overwhelming part of the home building process, we’re exploring a few common flooring options used in many homes.
A traditional favourite, hardwood is one of the most popular flooring options out there. Each hardwood plank is cut from a tree of your choice and has its own unique pattern and colour. Planks or strips are typically three-quarters of an inch thick and vary in length and width. You can find planks that are anything from two and a quarter to six inches wide. Of all the hardwood options, oak remains the favourite. However, walnut, cherry, mahogany or even more exotic options like Tasmanian oak are great options as well.
With the exception of bathrooms and laundry rooms, hardwood floors are a great choice for any room in your home. This is because bathrooms and laundry rooms are typically prone to extreme humidity, and this can damage your wood floors. If you choose this flooring option, prices can vary drastically. Depending on the grade, species and finishing of the wood, you can expect to pay anywhere from two to eight dollars per square foot. More exotic cuts of wood can even run up to fourteen dollars. Luckily, homeowners who opt for hardwood flooring get a bang for their buck. With proper care and maintenance, hardwood floors can last for decades. They are also durable, easy to clean and have the potential to increase the value of your home as they are appealing to most potential buyers.
Carpet is another versatile and preferred flooring option for many homeowners. You can find carpet options in tons of different fabrics. However, the most common fabrics are wool, acrylic, nylon and polyester. With all the options out there, it can be hard to determine if you’ve chosen a quality carpet or not. As a general rule of thumb, look for the fibre density count – the more fibres it has per square inch, the better quality and more durable the carpet is.
Normally, carpet flooring is ideal for living rooms, bedrooms, hallways and other transitional spaces in the home. Depending on the quality of the material you choose, purchasing carpet for your home will cost you anywhere between two and twelve dollars. This flooring option is great for homeowners who are budget conscious and is also a more comfortable and safe flooring option.
Last but certainly not least, tile flooring. Made from materials such as clay, terrazzo, stone and quartz, tile flooring comes in a variety of colours, shapes, sizes and textures. Each flooring installation is distinct and has its own unique characteristics. Generally, tile is classified into two main groups – ceramic and natural stone. Ceramic tile can be further categorized into two groups – porcelain and non-porcelain tiles. Non-porcelain tiles are made up of clay and other minerals while porcelain tiles are made up of clay, minerals and 50% feldspar. Natural stone tile, on the other hand, has more options to choose from. Common types of stone tile include limestone, granite, marble and slate.
Tile floors are commonly used in areas of the home such as the kitchen, bathroom and mudroom. However, with its durability and uniqueness, tile is truly one of the few flooring options that can be used in any room. If you opt for tile flooring in your new home, you can expect quite a range in pricing depending on the type of tile and the difficulty of the installation. Ceramic tile, one of the more affordable options, can cost less than five dollars per square foot. However, if you choose to go with higher quality tiles and professional installation, you can expect prices similar to that of hardwood flooring. Regardless of the kind of tile you choose, this flooring is typically worth the purchase. Tile is water resistant, easy to maintain and comes in a wide variety of styles – so you’re sure to find one that suits your taste. Tile that is well cared for can last a very long time.
Choosing the right flooring for your home doesn’t have to be tricky. With a little bit of information and some assistance from your builder of choice, you can easily make the right decision for your lifestyle, taste and space.