Deciding on the flooring for each of your rooms, whether in a newly built home or in your home’s remodel, can really depend upon the room and what you use it for. Hardwood isn’t ideal for bathrooms because of the humidity, but might be perfect for your hallway. Tile is for kitchens or bathrooms. We’re here to help you make the perfect decision for any room. Read on to see the breakdown of which flooring works best for what area of your home!
Kitchen & Mudroom
This area of the house can get a lot of dirt and water on the floor. Not to mention the kitchen can have heavy trash cans or chairs being dragged back and forth. The best flooring for this area is going to be porcelain tile. It’s great for high-traffic areas because it’s scratch resistant and easy to clean no matter what hits the floor. The next best option is vinyl. This material can be a little more affordable than the tiles.
Bathroom & Laundry Room
While food and dirty shoes usually aren’t traveling through these areas, they can still have the same issues. Laundry baskets slide across the floors, especially if it’s heavy loads. You’re also dealing with lots of water from getting in and out of the shower, kids playing in the water, animals having fun or hating their bath time, and more. Water is going to get on the floor at some point throughout the day. Similar to the kitchen and mudroom, porcelain tiles and vinyl will be the best options for easy cleanup and a scratch-resistant surface.
Dining, Family, & Living Room
This is where your family will spend most of their time when they’re home from school or work. The room needs to hold up to a bunch of foot traffic from kids running around, pet nails, furniture, shoes, kids’ toys, and more. There will inevitably be some spills too. In these rooms, hardwood flooring will be the perfect match. It’s designed to stand up to a lot of foot traffic. It’s low maintenance and you have a brand new looking floor every few years with a refinish.
The basement is often overlooked when it comes to flooring because the basement has a wide range of functions. It can just house the water heater, breaker box, and other major units of the home, it can be an additional family room, an in-law suite, a craft room, a playroom, and so much more. Since it’s closest to the ground than any other part of the house, the flooring needs to hold up to any excess moisture that might occur. No matter what you turn the basement into, we recommend using either vinyl or laminate flooring. Both are relatively inexpensive but can make a huge difference in the function of the room.