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Picking The Best Flooring For Every Room In Your House

Not every room in your house is created equally – it’s just a fact. Just as each space has a designated function, each room should have flooring that equally supports that function and works with your personal decorating style. Take a look at these suggestions for the average homemaker looking to have new floors put in their home:

Kid’s Playroom

Safety and sound issues are foremost in this room, and carpet emerges as the best choice. It cushions kids’ falls and takes the noise level down a notch. Some carpet is made from yarn that’s virtually nonabsorbent, which allows spills to be cleaned easily.

Main Entryway

Any type of floor covering will work in this area, since most people wipe their feet off on a mat before entering the house. If it’s a high-traffic house with several kids and pets, you might be more concerned with scratching (the flooring) than moisture. Hardwood’s still a good look for many homes, as well as ceramic tiles.

Bedroom

The most private room in the house is still the domain of carpet, which dampens sound and feels softer underfoot than other floor coverings. Carpet is textile for the floor – The construction of the fiber itself dictates how it performs underfoot. Choosing plush pile versus Berber is a cosmetic choice. Someone older, who’s more tentative on their feet, wants a firm feel underneath, so a harder finished carpet is best to avoid slippage

Dining Room

In most cases, the dining room is attached to the kitchen, so it makes sense to simply extend the flooring from one room to the next, whether you choose wood flooring, tile or cork.

Guest Room

While carpet is a popular choice for the bedroom, wood flooring, whether hardwood, engineered or laminate, can be a great alternative for a guest bedroom if you’re looking to add style. Choose a warm color and a defined texture to up the coziness factor. Add a premium underlayment for maximum sound reduction.

Office / Library

A study or reading room should exude a sense of elegance and formal serenity. Wood floors in dark, rich colors help make that statement. If you’re on a budget, laminate is an affordable alternative to the real thing.

Living Area

The flooring options for living rooms are many and should match the style of the house. Hardwood is timeless, and slate, terra cotta and carpet are also good choices

Bathroom

Water splashed from the tub or shower and the high humidity in this room require flooring that won’t be affected by moisture. Laminates and hardwood floors, which absorb moisture, aren’t recommended, but ceramic tile is a good choice. And if you use natural stone or marble, seal them with a protective coating.

Finished Basement

Before installing any flooring option, make sure there are no moisture issues with the concrete slab. If there were, laminate and wood wouldn’t be good choices, because they tend to absorb water. Resilient vinyl floors are often used in basements because vinyl is unaffected by moisture and is low maintenance. Engineered wood or laminate flooring, above a moisture barrier, will also work. If moisture isn’t an issue, carpet will help keep the room warm.

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