Flooring material and design greatly impact both the aesthetics and functionality of a home. As a homeowner choosing flooring, you must think about what serves your needs and fits into your budget. Other factors, like the presence of pets and personal preferences, also determine the best product. Use this checklist to help you decide which flooring product to choose for your custom/semi-custom home.
Evaluate Your Lifestyle
It matters how you use each room in the house – the flooring material must support the room’s function. Sometimes homebuyers think about what looks nice without considering how they’ll use it. Consider the following:
- Moisture content – high/medium-moisture rooms like bathrooms should have ceramic, vinyl, or porcelain tile or concrete flooring.
- Pets – if you have pets, your floor should be wear-resistant and scratch-proof. Try durable options like laminate floors, ceramic/porcelain tiles, or plank vinyl flooring. Wall-to-wall carpeting adds warmth, but regular vacuuming will be necessary. If you choose hardwood/wooden flooring, you may have to sand them regularly to remove scratches.
Think About Your Preferences
Every homeowner should consider the patterns, colors, and textures that appeal to them in flooring materials. If your lifestyle prevents you from installing wooden floors, you can still find tiles or plank vinyl flooring with faux-wooden finishes. You should also consider your furniture and décor and ensure your desired flooring complements what you already have or want to buy.
Calculate Your Budget
Homebuyers should also consider the cost of the flooring materials they wish to have in their custom home. Don’t just look at the cost of purchase; remember to include the cost of delivery, underlayment, and installation.
If there’s another floor in the house, there’s a cost to removing and disposing of it. Budget for additional materials like stains, adhesives, or baseboards. Finally, consider the ongoing maintenance cost of your preferred floors.
Here are some options considering price per square foot:
- Under $2.00 – bargain laminate flooring, resilient sheet or tile flooring, ceramic/porcelain tile (tile has high installation cost, though)
- $2.00-$5.00 – many options here, including engineered wood floors, solid domestic hardwood (not rare woods), high-quality luxury vinyl tile
- Over $5.00 – rare and imported hardwoods like ipe, mahogany, kempas or Brazilian cherry, premium laminate flooring, luxury vinyl flooring
Consider the Labor Costs
Labor costs can significantly change the final cost of any flooring option. A homeowner can easily shave the flooring cost by as much as 30-50 percent by installing the floors themselves.
Self-installation is easy to do for options like plank vinyl or laminate flooring, which are floating floors. It’s harder to install porcelain/ceramic tile, but you can start with hidden areas like basements to improve your skill.
Always leave wall-to-wall carpeting, engineered wood, or solid hardwood floors to the pros. These are demanding jobs, and there’s no need to lose their significant investment to improper installation.
Grand Homes Can Help You Decide
Homebuyers face many decisions when buying or building their custom or semi-custom home. With flooring decisions, just like all other major decisions, our Grand Homes experts can help you choose the perfect floor going to your new home.
Contact us today and let our designers help you turn your dream home into a reality.