Your living room is most likely one of the busiest spaces in your home, so you may be noticing damage to your carpet, tile, or wood floors. This damage may be repaired in some cases, but replacing the floors will add function, value, and appeal to not only your living room, but also your entire house. Of course, the different flooring options can be overwhelming, so choosing one will be challenging. By asking yourself the following questions, you will be able to determine what type of flooring is right for your living room and for your family's needs.
How Is My Living Room Used?
The type of flooring needed in your living room will depend on how the space is used.
If you are replacing the floors of a formal living room, which acts as a seating area only, durability and maintenance will probably not be a factor. Tile, hardwoods, or carpet can be used in this room, since there will not be much future wear and tear to the floors.
If your living room acts as a den or gathering space for your family, you will want to choose flooring that is durable and easy to maintain. Carpet is sufficient, but excessive walking, playing, and lounging in the living room will cause carpet fibers to become matted and even discolored quickly.
Hardwood floors are a smart option for a busier living room, since they are strong enough to withstand children and pets. In addition, cleaning up food and liquid spills from hardwood floors will only require a quick sweeping, vacuuming, or mopping.
Do Family Members Have Allergies?
Carpet may look clean, but dirt, dust, and other allergens may be embedded deep within the fibers of this type of flooring. If you or another member of your family suffers from allergies, replacing old carpet is smart. However, replacing old carpet with new carpet will not prevent allergy symptoms in the future.
To reduce an allergy sufferer's risk of sneezing, coughing, itchy and watery eyes, skin irritations, and breathing problems, consider installing wood or tile floors in your living room. While dirt and dust may build up on these hard surface floors, cleaning up the allergens requires very little effort.
A hard-surface vacuum with a HEPA filter will suck up all debris and allergens while the filter traps them and prevents them from floating into the room's air. Using a dust mop with an electrostatic head is also an efficient and effective way to remove dirt, dust, and dander from hard-surface floors.
How Much Should I Invest?
Floors are an investment in your home's appeal and total value, but you may have a strict budget to follow when choosing flooring for your living room.
Carpet is the most affordable option to buy and install. Unfortunately, carpet will stain and wear down faster than other flooring options. Although less expensive up front, carpet will need to be replaced sooner, which can become more costly in the long run.
With proper maintenance, hardwood floors can last many decades, making them a smart long-term investment even though they require more time and labor to install. Opting for hardwoods is also smart if you plan to sell your home in the near future. An estimated 54 percent of potential buyers will pay more for a home with hardwood floors.
Set a realistic budget when it comes to your living room's floors, but understand you are making a long term investment in your home's value.
Choosing floors for your living room can be difficult, but weighing out the pros and cons of each material can help. By asking yourself these questions, choosing the right floors for your living room will be a little easier. Contact a company that provides flooring installations for additional information.