Selecting the Best Flooring for Your Lifestyle
When we make purchases for our home, it is natural to first be drawn to the style and look of what we are buying. The last thing we want to hear is "that is beautiful, but it won't work in your space." However, some components of your home are both functional and visually important, such as cabinetry, fixtures, lighting, and yes, flooring!
One of the biggest factors to consider in your flooring choice is your lifestyle. As you answer the questions below, you will find it easier to arrive at your perfect flooring solution.
1. Do you have pets?
If you want to install hardwood flooring, one or two small pets won’t alleviate the option, but if you have large or multiple pets, you may want to consider a vinyl or laminate product. These floors have scratch resistant wear layers for durability that hold up to everyday wear and tear from your pets’ nails and playful activity. Modern vinyl (LVT and sheet) and laminate floors have the same visuals as hardwood floors including distressed, wire brushed, and rustic wood styles, or earthy, natural patterns, like Tarkett's TruTEX™ Collection, shown above in Pebble Rainy Day. So, you can still have the look you want, but the function that you need (and less worry about damage to your floors!).
If you really have your heart set on hardwood floors, then look for a hardwood collection with surface treatments that camouflage this type of wear, and offer sufficient durability for small pets or pets with more subdued behavior. Some suggestions would be a hand scraped, wire brushed, or distressed hardwood.
2. Do you have children?
Consider the ages and activity level of your children. Are they active in sports and bring home muddy or heavy equipment every day?
If you have a dedicated area for those items, such as a mudroom or entryway, consider using a durable, waterproof or water resistant product for that space. If you think these items will make their way all over the house, you may want to choose a super durable, yet beautiful vinyl plank, tile or sheet product that will stand up to years of activity, for your entire home. Not only are luxury vinyl floors easy to clean and maintain, but the large range of color and style options available will surprise you!
3. Do your family members have allergies?
Hard surface flooring is a much better choice over any carpet product to alleviate allergy symptoms and triggers. Hardwood, vinyl, and laminate products can be safely and thoroughly cleaned frequently with the peace of mind that there are no hidden dust mites or mold lurking beneath the surface. Many Twenty & Oak products are Certified Allergy & Asthma Friendly.
4. Where are you installing your new flooring?
With the exception of bathrooms and mud/laundry rooms, all Twenty & Oak types of flooring, including hardwood, can be used in any space in your home. It is the collections within each flooring type that offer the diversity of installation for basements, concrete slabs and/or less than perfect subfloor conditions. For example, vinyl products that don’t require adhesive, and rigid core products are much more forgiving of subfloor imperfections.
Engineered hardwood can be installed in basements thanks to its cross layer construction. Choose a vinyl or rigid core product with waterproof or water resistant warranties, such as Beauflor Boardwalk, Pure or Parkway and several Palmetto Road and Metroflor collections for any space that has frequent exposure to topical water spills or tracked in mud. Beauflor Eternity water resistant laminate includes an attached pad that reduces noise and also helps smooth over small imperfections in the subfloor.
5. Where do you live?
The climate in which you live can limit your hardwood selections. Avoid wide plank, solid only hardwood collections if you live in a very humid, southern region of the US. Although gluing and nailing these products can alleviate some cupping and crowning, an engineered option may be available in the same visual and will result in a much more stable installation.
With today's options in flooring, it is very easy to find the look that you want with the functionality that you need. An expert flooring retailer will be able to show you all the options available that best suit your lifestyle.