Cantor’s Corner: How to Choose the Right Flooring
Presented by Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
by Gregg Cantor
Resident Expert, The Home Pro Show
President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
As a general contractor, I see a lot of flooring. The most popular flooring trends lately are porcelain tile, engineered wood and, of course, carpet. But just because it’s trendy doesn’t mean it’s right for your home. There are many things you should consider when choosing the right flooring:
Material Features & Uses
When deciding on what materials to use in your home, consider the durability, maintenance and cost of the styles you like. Lifestyle options like having children or pets and frequently entertain can also help you choose the right flooring. If durability is needed, but you want the wood or natural stone look, porcelain tile is perfect. With the latest technology, it is hard to tell the difference between wood, real stone or marble and this man made material. The advantages of porcelain are the material and labor is less expensive and there is no long term maintenance.
For some applications, especially over slab, engineered wood is a great option because of the stability of the material. It is less likely to warp and the floor preparation is easier. Also, factory finishes are almost always better than ones applied in the field.
For homes built on a raised wood floor, you have the option of installing hardwood plank that can be stained to your liking and there are many species of wood to choose from.
Carpet is still the most popular floor covering, especially if budget is a concern. With Stainmaster technology and the manufacturing process, the latest carpets perform very well. I recommend regular carpet cleaning by a trained professional who is certified by the manufactures so as not to void warranties.
It is not uncommon to have 2 – 4 different types of floor covering in a home, so don’t be afraid to have diversity. Flooring can be a great way to change the feel from room to room. If you need help with flooring, see who we recommend.