05 Sep Flooring Options for Your New Custom Home
One of the most visible decisions you will make are the flooring options for your new custom home. A lot goes into this decision. Function, budget, location, lifestyle, maintenance and durability all factor in your flooring selection.
As you design your new custom home, you will want to take these factors into consideration so that you select a flooring that will complement your home and wear well. If you live an active, busy lifestyle, have children or pets, plan to entertain frequently all of these factors will also need to be considered.
Types of Flooring Options and Considerations
An all time favorite, hardwood flooring is a classic look that is rich, warm and inviting. Durable enough to be installed nearly everywhere in your home, it will stand up to high traffic areas. Hardwood flooring is available in a variety of finishes, which makes it isy to complement your house design.
Here are some hardwood flooring options:
- Hickory – Natural color, striking graining
- Brazilian Cherry – An exotic reddish brown color
- Maple – A medium shade with occasional knots
- Oak – One of the hardest woods. Heavy graining
- Birch – Naturally light wood
These woods provide a variety in color and style, as well as cost. You may find these woods in both solid hardwoord and engineered hardwood floors.
Laminate flooring looks and feels like real wood, but is at a lower price point than hardwood flooring. Extremely durable, it is resistant to scratches, dents and stains. Easy to clean and care for, laminate floors are a good choice for busy households.
Laminate flooring is a popular option because it offers a wood grain or stone texture and appearance as a convincing alternative mimicing real stone, brick or tile. The wide variety of options that mimic wood breeds, stone color & materials and tile make this a choice for many.
Tile and Stone
Tile flooring is easy to clean and does well with frequent cleaning. Beautiful and rugged, it is a great choice indoors and outdoors, but is particularly useful in high traffic areas with kids and pets. Bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens and dining areas for tile and stone flooring.
Stone flooring reflect the natural beauty of the material, creating gorgeous, unique floors. A trend in tile flooring is to use planks degisned to look and feel like wood.
Some tile and stone options:
- Travertine tile
- Porcelain tile
- Ceramic tile
- Mosaic tile
- Glass tile
- Antique stone
These are a wide variety of options to suit and texture, color and style your heart desires.
Luxury Vinyl Tile
Luxury Vinyl Tile (often refered to as LVT flooring) is not what you traditionally think of when vinyl tile comes to mind. This is a different flooring, that is more durable than old vinyl floors and is produced to provide a modern, sleek look emulating tile, stone, and hardwood.
LVT flooring is a good choice for homes with pets, kids and active lifestyles.
Carpet remains an important element in many homes, providing warmth, a range of colors and a variety of textures. Carpeting also helps minimize noise in your home, making it perfect for second floor rooms and hallways.
Keeping your Carpeting clean and looking its best requires a good deal more attention than other flooring. To avoid staining, clean up spoills and to prevent dirt from building up in the fibers, regular vacuuming and occasional steam cleaning will be important in your carpet maintenance.
What’s The Best Flooring Option for Your Home?
With a custom home, you have complete freedom to utilize multiple flooring options. Flooring is an opportunity to make your home truely unique. You can choose to put in premium flooring options in areas that are important to you and use more affordable, durable options in other areas in your home.
How each space is used my help dictate your choices. For instance, high traffic areas would not be good for carpeting. You’ll want a flooring option that is easy to clean for kitchens where spills will need to be cleaned more frequently.
Finally, resale is always a consideration. You may intend to stay in your custom home forever, but in the event that circumstances lead you to put the house on the market, timeless looks for your flooring may be your friend.
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