One question I get asked a lot about is what type of flooring to choose and it really is such an important decision because it can be a big investment one that you’ll live with for many years if not forever and it’s the foundation of your design. So it not only has to work with your style but be functional for your lifestyle and needs as both a designer and a landlord who owns rental properties. I look for flooring. That’s not only aesthetically beautiful. And not too trendy but also durable for tenants and of course affordable, we recently moved into a house that were renovating to use as a vacation rental.
And before we get too far into the rehab we decided to go ahead and replace the floors the existing floors had different tile and every room they were old and cracked the grout was falling out there were uneven transitions which were tripping hazards and the surface was slippery. So these floors were not safe not nice to Look at and they had to go now when it comes to choosing new floors, there’s lots of options to consider. So I’m going to walk you through our decision making process and share my experience and thoughts on each one in the hopes that it will help you decide what will work best for you here allows to look at flooring options for the new house.
Deciding On Flooring
The major decision like flooring. I always recommend seeing it in person first since I could look really different in photos online in a perfect world. I don’t think you can really beat the look of hardwood. It’s so classic and inviting can warm up any space and it will go with any decorating style but there are some negatives. So here in Central Florida real Hardwoods are not a viable option they buckle and warp the humidity and it’s advised to avoid them altogether in drier climates. They’re great. Can also be really pricey and they usually require some maintenance.
Looking At Alternatives
And there’s alternatives out there that give real would a run for its money. So the closest alternative to real wood is engineered wood, which is a thin layer of real wood on top of a composite. I’ve used engineered hardwood in the past and they look beautiful once installed. You can find the cheaper stuff for under $2 a square foot. But a lot of the better ones there in the five to ten dollars per square foot range, which makes it a great option for many homeowners who want a higher quality flooring with a wider range of styles and price points. But they still can’t be exposed to a lot of moisture. So they’re not ideal for every room here in Florida. And in other warmer climates one of the most popular choices in style.
Tiles one of my favorite materials to work with because there’s an unlimited number of styles colors and patterns you can get creative with and they’ll always be my top choice for bathrooms, but there are a couple of drawbacks to using it throughout your entire home.
First of all, the materials and labor involved for the install can make the total price go way up, even if you use a budget-friendly tile tile also has a more specific look and won’t necessarily transition. Well, if you change your style or even color palette over time it can Also both look and feel cold and it doesn’t bring a warmth to a room like wood. Can it usually requires more maintenance like having the cleaner repaint your grout and you have to worry about cracks and chipping. It’s also a more permanent choice and removing. It can be a pain.
Another option that’s become popular, especially with investors as luxury vinyl here. We have luxury vinyl tile which are thin strips of vinyl that glue or stick down. It can mimic the look of both wood and stone and it’s one of the cheaper options. This one’s less than a dollar a square foot, but they just look and feel cheap to me. My whole made a lot of progress in the last several years, but I can still tell a difference in quality when I walk into a room and I just don’t think the minimal cost savings this worth it.
We have carpets. Carpets can be the most economical initial investment, but it’s too easy to stay in or damaged professional deep cleaning is expensive and you’ll have to replace it sooner or later. I just can’t see myself using carpet anytime soon. The last option we’re going to look at is laminate is made of a composite wood with an image of real wood printed on top. The biggest selling points for me are priced durability and style I used Pergo. My last house and I love the way it turned out. So I knew I wanted to use it again this time. They’ve added a lot more colors recently and I really love this Brier Creek Oak from their Timber craft line. I specially love that. It’s an extra wide plank, which is pretty rare and really expensive with real would think we have a winner they have these smaller samples in the store, but I think I’m going to go ahead and order a larger one online just to be safe.
When I got the sample from Pergo, the first thing I did was look at it next to the paint colors in the room. We were deciding on a paint color for our trim and holding the sample up next to the colors really helped us to see the different undertones and which one matched up best with the laminate our rooms will all have different colors and styles. So we had to choose a neutral floor color that would go with all of them. I’m very particular about the details in my design and these floors look and feel so much like real wood. Even have the wood grain texture.
I actually prefer the look of these more than any of the engineered wood options. I could find for even triple what the Pergo cost I could go on about the look of this laminate but equally or even more importantly is the durability this stuff can really take a beating. First of all, it’s waterproof, which means it’s great for bathrooms kitchens and laundry rooms. It’s also a scratch resistant which makes it great for pets and kids with toys and the best part is Pergo comes with a limited lifetime warranty. So you won’t have to worry about any problems down the line since this house will be rental. We need something that stands the test of time and I think these floors are easily the most practical Choice out of all our options.
Once we made our decision. We worked with an Associated lows to get everything ordered and installed.
They got us on the schedule right away. Send someone out to take measurements and about a week later. Sure, the floors were delivered after all the tile was removed in the subfloors prepped. The Lowe’s install crew completed the whole house in just a few days. They used the Pergo gold underlayment for moisture protection and sound insulation in the install was quick and easy since the forest simply lock in place. No glue or nails required. Now that they’re in it feels like a completely different home.
We’ve instantly increase the value made everything feel more cohesive. And now we’ve got a great Foundation to start on the design for each room the baseboards and doors will be painted soon. And next on our list is the laundry room for next time.