When building a new home, one of the biggest fashion vs. function decisions you’ll have to make is what flooring you’ll choose. Obviously, you’ll want something attractive that matches your design aesthetic, but it’s also important to consider a few factors that could impact the shelf life of whichever flooring you choose. Here are a few things you’ll want to consider before making your choice!
Obviously, budget is probably going to be your primary concern when building a new house, so it goes without saying that you’ll want to think about this before picking your flooring. But what you should make sure you’re aware of is the way flooring is priced – which is by square foot. The average cost of new flooring installation is $6 to $10 per square foot with some homeowners spending as little as $3 or as high as $18 per square foot depending on the materials chosen. Looking for inexpensive options for your flooring? Check out this list of cheap flooring options courtesy of The Spruce! You’ll want to measure the space so you can get a rough estimate of how much you’ll be spending before you purchase materials. Of course, talking about budget brings us to the next thing you’ll need to decide before making a purchase.
Who’s Installing It?
Most of us aren’t professional contractors who know how to install flooring, so it stands to reason that you’ll likely need to hire someone to get the job done for you. This means you’ll need to factor in time with your materials (unless you’re super talented or just really brave and plan to do it yourself!). Use a website like Home Advisor to get a rough estimate on how much a flooring installation job could cost in your area!
Finally, you’ll need to think about wear and tear. In high traffic areas, you want to make sure your flooring choice is very durable, like vinyl, bamboo or laminate. These are also great if you plan to have pets running around your home!
When planning flooring for your kitchen or bathroom, you want to make sure your choice can withstand moisture and is easy to clean up. And while you may love the look of wood flooring, keep in mind that natural wood flooring doesn’t do well with moisture, so you might want to consider engineered wood for high moisture areas. Here are some great choices for your bathroom flooring courtesy of This Old House!
The best flooring mixes fashion and function – something that looks appealing and matches your decor but that will stand the test of time. The last thing you want is to install brand new flooring and find yourself replacing it a few years later because it didn’t hold up! The most important thing is to have some fun with it! Making choices for your home can be a stressful process, but don’t forget to have some fun, too. This is your dream home, afterall!