Maybe you’re getting tired of the good old white-tiled floor, or maybe you just don’t like the squeaking noises your wooden floor makes anymore. Whatever the case may be, one thing is clear: switching up your flooring has been on your mind lately, and you’re wondering if changing your flooring is the right move to make or not. Before you make any decisions, ask yourself these important questions first.
1. What rooms do you want to renovate?
Sure you’re thinking up of changing your flooring, but focus on the rooms that are most urgent first for one reason or the other: whether it be creaky floors or just trying out a new style.
In addition, considering which rooms to be renovated includes considering nearby rooms as well: if your kitchen is adjacent to your living room, changing up the flooring for the kitchen may mean that the new floor has to go well with your current living room set-up.
The location of the room is a big deal too: lower-level floors are more prone to moisture (and therefore mold buildup) than the upstairs, so consider your priorities first.
2. What is your budget?
What is the most realistic amount of money you’re willing to put aside for this project?
If changing up your floors is really urgent as it causes harm to the people living in the household, then you may have to consider repairs first. If not, make sure to set a spending limit so other areas of your household that need financing won’t get affected by this project. This would also set the tone for what kind of flooring you will choose for your renovation.
3. How frequently will the room and floor be used, and who uses it?
Is the room you’ll be renovating a play area? Or maybe it’s an open space that’s meant to accommodate guests? If the room floors you’ll be replacing are used for many activities and foot traffic, consider getting flooring that can handle wear and tear, such as marble tiles or hardwood.
4. Does anyone in your household have allergies?
It may not seem obvious, but flooring can also cause allergic reactions. For example, floors with hard surfaces are less prone to collecting allergens like dust mites as compared to softer textures like carpeted floors. If you need the extra cushion of a carpeted floor, opt instead for rugs as they are easier to clean and replace.
5. What’s your design preference?
Once you’ve settled all of the factors above, you can start checking out pegs for your new flooring based on your design preference.
For example, for homeowners who like the edgy look, you can opt for dark gray tiles or dark hardwood floors. On the other hand, homeowners who appreciate the rustic, vintage look can opt for wood flooring of lighter colors.
6. Will you need to change the room’s design?
Changing your flooring may change the overall tone of the room you’ll be renovating. Check if you would need to change the entire room’s design just to match with the floor – if it does and it’s not within your budget, try to find other options for flooring that can go better with your current room’s design.
7. How high-maintenance will your new floor be?
A lot of people tend to forget this important question when it comes to flooring renovation, but it’s just as important as the preparation that comes with the big change. You wouldn’t want to be stuck with a floor that you never knew was hard to maintain. To be prepared, ask what materials and procedures are involved in cleaning the floor and how often cleaning is required.
Who will you hire to help you?
Installing brand new flooring may seem like a daunting task, but it shouldn’t be if you have the right people to help you. For this, Gawin’s trusted flooring professionals can not only help you find the best floor for your home, but install it safely and securely as well. Just submit a request online or via our app, which is free to download on the App and GooglePlay stores.
written by Bea Luna