One of the most exciting and rewarding things about building your own home is having a say on all of the little details that truly make the space yours. Oddly enough, this can also be one of the more stressful parts of a custom build, especially if you’re overwhelmed by choices. Doing your homework and having a knowledgeable and helpful build team will help make decisions easier. Flooring is one of those decisions – there are so many options, each with their pros and cons. This article will help you weigh some of the pros and cons of each.
Hardwood floors are the timeless choice that can give your house a classic, cozy feel or a clean, modern look. Available in a variety of styles and hues, it is the most popular choice with homeowners. It works in pretty much every room in your house, but can sustain water damage, especially if not cared for properly. It’s rarely used in bathrooms and kitchens, although you see it more and more in kitchens, especially in houses with open floor plans. The upfront costs of installation can be higher than other options, and can require refinishing in the long run. But, if cared for properly, it will last a lifetime.
Laminate is a very popular choice with homeowners because it mimics most of the aesthetic qualities of hardwood, but is often more durable and a fraction of the price. Although if it does become damaged, it is much more difficult to repair than hardwood; you can’t refinish it, you have to replace it. It’s a great choice for basements as you get the look of hardwood, without the cost or upkeep, and it’s generally better with exposure to moisture, on the surface anyways.
When it comes to a dramatic, durable and relatively maintenance-free flooring option, you can’t beat stone. It looks gorgeous and adds a certain panache to any space. But that can come with a price – installation is usually more expensive than other options. And a high-gloss stone floor can be slippery and not a great option for houses with kids or elderly people.
Tile is available in a variety of colours, styles, sizes and textures, which gives you limitless design options. It’s water resistant and great choice for bathrooms and kitchens. It’s also usually more affordable to install over hardwood or stone. But it also has its drawbacks – there is constant upkeep of the grout, it can be cold on the feet unless you install radiant floor heating, and cracked or broken tiles can be difficult to replace, especially if your tile is discontinued.
Cork has regained its popularity with designers in recent years – it’s eco-friendly, generally quite durable and adds a great warmth to a space. It is quite expensive though and can be susceptible to water damage if not sealed correctly.
Carpet is still a popular choice for basements and kid’s rooms for its tactile softness and general warmth. Carpet also works well to dampen sound – making it another great option for a basement full of kids. It’s generally less expensive than other flooring types, but is harder to clean, and often need complete replacement if there is water damage or large staining.
Vinyl is durable, affordable, easy to clean and great for high-traffic areas. Modern vinyl is nothing like the vinyl flooring we grew up with – the options are much more broad and high-end, and with modern printing practices, it can be hard to tell it from other, more expensive, flooring options. It’s less expensive to purchase and install, but some people still find it hard to move past the stigma of vinyl as a lower quality, lower grade flooring option. Either way it’s still a great option for bathrooms, laundry rooms, boot rooms, kitchens, basements and pretty much anywhere you experience high traffic and the possibility of moisture on the floor.
When it comes to floors, there are a multitude of options that all offer benefits and drawbacks. It’s important to look at your budget and lifestyle and choose the right option for every room in your house. Our team is happy to sit down with you and discuss these options, and every option in the home-building process.