When it is time to renovate a floor there are many details to be considered. There is a long list of available materials and solutions and they have to be matched with your needs, wishes and budget.

You want a flooring solution that is:

  • Aesthetically attractive
  • Resistant to wear
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Healthy for your family
  • And it should fit your budget

Flooring materials cover a very big surface of your home. The choice you make will have consequences for:

  • Flooring materials costs
  • Flooring installation costs and time
  • Flooring maintenance costs
  • Estimated life time of the flooring
  • Cost of flooring renovation or replacement in the future
  • Indoor air quality in your home

If any or all of these sound important for you you should consider answering a number of questions before you make a decision about the kind of flooring you will spend your money on:

  1. What is special about the area where the flooring will be installed?
    • Is it a high traffic area?
    • Is it in direct sunlight?
    • Is it exposed to moisture from rain or snow?
    • Is it underground or above the ground?
    • Is it in the kitchen?
    • Is it in a bathroom?
  2. Are there special requirements for the flooring solution?
    • Should the flooring act as a sound barrier?
    • Does it need to be slip resistant?
  3. How easy is it to clean?
  4. How expensive is it to clean?
  5. How easy is it to clean?
  6. Will it be exposed to kids toys?
  7. Will it be exposed to pets?
  8. What is the warranty coverage provided by the manufacturer?
  9. How resistant is the flooring to wear, scratching, denting, light, moisture?
  10. How expensive is the flooring material?
  11. How expensive is the flooring installation?
  12. Do you need to upgrade the type of sub-floor?
  13. How are you going to make the transition between this new flooring and other adjacent flooring areas?
  14. Will you have to adjust the size of the doors?
  15. Are there any conflicts with existing features in your home like cabinets etc?

After you answer all these questions you will have a good starting point for choosing from the available flooring materials, each of them coming in a huge variety of qualities, features, shapes, looks and prices:

  • vinyl
  • linoleum
  • rubber
  • cork
  • carpet
  • hardwood
  • wood strips
  • wood planks
  • parquet
  • engineered hardwood
  • laminate
  • ceramic tile
  • granite
  • marble
  • and so on …

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