The holidays are just around the corner and with that, so is the likelihood that you will be entertaining family and friends in your family room this season. Because of this, you may be making some improvements around your home, which may include your flooring. With so many types of flooring available, it is easy to be confused about what kind to choose.
When choosing flooring for areas such as your family room, your choice should be based on several factors, including:
- Amount of traffic going through the room, including pets and children
- Whether the room is prone to moisture
- Ease of care and maintenance of the floor
- Your budget and the general lifespan of flooring
Warmth of Long-Lasting Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood flooring can be an excellent choice for your family room. While it can cost more than other types of flooring, it can last up to 50 years or more when properly maintained. When choosing this type of flooring for your family room, you will want to choose a harder wood with a tighter grain, such as oak for durability.
Keep in mind that wood floors can become scratched or dented. This damage can be removed by sanding and refinishing the floor, which can be done multiple times over the floor’s life span. Wood flooring is sensitive to moisture and can easily become stained from water so be sure to avoid this if your room is prone to accidents or moisture. They also require a little more special attention with cleaning, polishing, and sealing but can last for years to come.
Convenience of Budget-Friendly Laminate
If you want the look of wood flooring, but you are working with a tight budget, laminate may be the answer that you are looking for. With laminate, you can choose from a wide variety of designs, ranging from all types of wood to the look of stone or tile. This type of flooring is coated with a protective layer that helps resist scratches and UV damage from the sun.
Laminate floors stand up better to moisture than hardwood floors, which make them ideal for family rooms. Keep in mind that if a piece is scratched, it can need to be replaced and the overall lifespan of the flooring is about 10 to 15 years with a little extra care. This type of flooring cannot be sanded down and refinished, though it requires very little maintenance and can often be cleaned with just a damp mopping.
Either choice is great for your family room. Join us at Custom Furniture Flooring today for a glance at our various types of floorings to meet your needs.