Like most home remodeling decisions, choosing the right flooring for your home can seem incredibly daunting. There are so many options to choose from, each with its own pros, cons, and pricing — not to mention, the fear of improper installation.
That’s why ACo exists—to remove the worry by guiding homeowners through design and installation to ensure they truly love where they live. From area rugs to hardwood floors, we’re here to make your floor selection process simple and installation a breeze.
Before diving in to select your new floors color or size, it’s important to think through some basic flooring considerations. These will be elements that play a big role in the selection process and can influence your flooring decision.
To aid you in your flooring journey, here is a quick home flooring checklist of questions to think through.
What is your budget?
Many homeowners have an idea of what they are willing to spend on new flooring in their home. However, some fail to calculate budget according to cost per square foot for materials, demolition, and installation, all of which affect the final overall costs. Establishing your square foot budget upfront will help you narrow down the range of materials to choose from.
The best way to accurately calculate the square footage for your project is to bring in a professional to measure and give you an estimate. When they measure, they account for all areas as well as waste factor. Most reputable companies will give you a complimentary estimate. This will include everything from materials to demo and installation. From there you can decide on the answer to our next question.
Will you install the flooring yourself or have it professionally installed?
While we always recommend having your flooring installed by a professional, we understand and respect the DIY drive to save on costs. Keep in mind, some flooring options are harder to install than others or may have specific manufacturer installation requirements, so it is important to discuss this with our professional team beforehand.
Will your flooring be installed in an area with high moisture (bathroom, basement, laundry room etc.)?
Over time, moisture/water can ruin certain flooring options. With this in mind, it’s important to know where exactly you need flooring in your home to ensure you select the right flooring for the job. For areas with high humidity, we recommend choosing one of the following options:
Is your home a high traffic home (children, pets, parties, etc.)?
Because durability varies significantly between flooring options, it is best to consider your lifestyle when deciding between materials. For areas needing higher durability, we recommend the following options:
Do you want flooring that requires little maintenance?
Do you want to be able to clean your floors in 15 minutes or spend a couple hours keeping everything updated? Maintenance is always something to consider. If you’re looking for flooring with little time to clean and low maintenance, we recommend the following:
Is your new flooring a long term investment?
The time your family is going to spend in your home will impact what flooring you use. How long do you anticipate floors lasting before they need replacement?
If you are not wanting to revisit the issue for another 10 years or more, hardwood floors might be the best option. It can withstand the test of time because of its ability to be refinished down the road. Tile is another great option that is both attractive and can stand the test of time.
Are you considering this for resale value?
If you are planning to sell your home in the next few years, you may want to select flooring that will attract homebuyers. The best and most eye-catching option to ensure your home sells quickly and at a higher price is going to be hardwood or LVP flooring.
It is always good to consider what the most popular and practical option is going to be for new homeowners. Flip through a few architecture and design magazines, Pinterest, or ACo’s Project Gallery to see what flooring options are trending, then talk to an ACo Designer for guidance on what best suits your home’s style.
You’ve completed ACo’s flooring checklist and now you’re ready to move on to selecting a flooring option.
Kitchen flooring can be tricky because there are quite a few options to choose from. Here are some of the options most commonly requested by clients that we recommend for your kitchen space.
ACo offers many options for kitchen flooring that you may not have considered such as large format tile or custom wide plank hardwood. Your options truly are nearly endless.
As you probably guessed, choosing bathroom flooring is a little different than choosing flooring for other parts of your house. The main issue being water—which can quickly ruin the wrong flooring (like carpet or solid hardwood). Here are the top five flooring options for your bathroom remodel:
Tile is ideal for both interior and exterior floors but is an especially wise choice for high-traffic, high-moisture areas such as bathrooms. Whether you opt for porcelain, ceramic, stone or glass tile, selections in colors, sizes and shapes are endless. Tile is fairly easy to care for and maintain with regular cleanings, though the finish and grout will last longer if you avoid harsh chemical cleaners.
Versatile and available in many attractive style options, LVP is highly water resistant and durable, which is perfect for any bathroom. It is also quick and easy to install and the most affordable option for bathroom flooring.
Believe it or not, hardwood flooring is an option in the high-moisture environment of your bathroom with Floorte Hardwood from Shaw. This waterproof hardwood is available in a variety of species and finishes, and is also scuff resistant, offers noise reduction, and is easy to install with a click profile.
Are you ready to tackle a home improvement project while practicing social distancing, but aren’t sure where to start? ACo is here to help. Using video conferencing, in home measuring apps, virtual reality, and even our flooring visualizer, our designers will guide you through design and installation of your project from afar.
If you want to explore and be inspired, you can also select from the app’s many sample rooms. Select a category (kitchen, living room, bathroom, shared spaces, etc.), choose a room, and play.
That’s where ACo comes in—we strive to put homeowners at ease by simplifying the remodel process and in turn eliminating the fear of the unknown.
And it starts with our worry-free approach.
Our cultivated team of experts, specializing in everything from design to construction, partner with you through every step of the renovation process (including the design and build and finding your style). And through constant, open communication, clear deliverables, and well-defined expectations, we guide you through the creation of your luxurious kitchen, lavish bath, beautiful cabinets, or stunning flooring space so you and your family can truly love where they live.
And when you’re ready to love where you live, we’re ready to make it happen.