A Step-by-Step Guide to Choosing Flooring
Choosing flooring is far more complicated than just finding the best-looking product. Several other factors—moisture, durability, costs, and more—greatly influence a decision. Follow these five steps to reach the flooring decision that is right for you and your home.
The size of the room versus the size of the flooring product, such as using large tile in a small area, can make a room appear larger.
Will Your Floor Be Installed in a High-Moisture Area?
- If Yes: You need flooring that is suited for a high- or medium-moisture environment, such as concrete, ceramic or porcelain tile, or vinyl tile.
- If No: Moisture is not a limiting factor. At this point, all types of flooring still may be used. Proceed to the next step.
Do You Need a Pet-Friendly Floor?
- If Yes: You will need a floor with superior wear resistance. Some flooring that appears to be wear-resistant often is not. For example, site-finished solid hardwood can easily scratch. Its saving grace is that scratches can be sanded out. Instead, try durable flooring like ceramic or porcelain tile, laminate flooring, plank vinyl flooring, or even carpeting.
- If No: While everyone wants a durable floor, durability is not a chief factor in your decision. Proceed to the next step.
Do You Want to Install Your Flooring by Yourself?
- If Yes: By installing your flooring yourself, you can often cut your entire flooring cost in half. Laminate flooring and plank vinyl flooring tend to be the easiest floor coverings for homeowners to self-install and they're readily available. Both are floating floors, which means that each board connects to an adjacent board (not to the subfloor). Ceramic or porcelain tile installation is not as self-evident as laminate or vinyl installation. Hone your learning curve on an out-of-the-way room, like a basement bathroom.
- If No: Wall-to-wall carpet is tough for DIYers to lay down perfectly flat. Nail-down solid hardwood and engineered wood floors are best installed by pros. As mentioned, ceramic or porcelain tile can be self-installed, but it's more a matter of whether you want it installed well.
Do You Need Low-Maintenance Flooring?
- Absolutely. It Is My Primary Concern: Any form of resilient (vinyl) flooring is best, such as tile, sheet, or plank. Laminate flooring is a close second, only because it needs special cleaning methods. Because wet mops can ruin it, use an extremely damp mop.
- It Would Be Nice, But It's Not the Most Important Thing: With solid hardwood, you trade beauty for maintenance. No matter what the manufacturers say, it takes work to keep solid or engineered wood looking good, but it's worth it. Keep high-traffic areas covered with throw rugs and runners to cut down on maintenance.
Everybot Three Spin Robot Mop is a useful tool for perfect cleaning and mopping of your floors. The three mop structure beneath the cleaning bot does not have any wheels and maneuvers itself by firmly gripping the floor and simultaneously cleaning and moving, using the three mops attached beneath it. The three mops press and wipe so firmly that it removes any dirt, dust, and pet hair from the most remote corners of your house.