Which Flooring Should I Use in My Home?

The room makes the difference when it comes to picking the right floor. Choosing the right flooring throughout your home may seem like a tough decision. It’s a long-term purchase that you’ll use and see every day. You and your family will walk on it, play on it, and even spill on it. That’s why it’s important to understand which flooring options work best for different spaces.

Generally speaking, homes are comprised of four main rooms, regardless of how many of each your home has: the living room, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. We’re going to explain which flooring options work best in each room of your house.

Bathroom

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When was the last time you’ve seen a bathroom with carpet flooring installed? Probably never. That’s because there is quite a bit of moisture that builds up in your bathroom. Carpeting may be soft and comfortable to the touch, but in a bathroom setting, moisture would accumulate under the carpeting and could lead to mold and other issues.

For your bathroom, we recommend linoleum, ceramic tile, stone, or the up-and-coming industry favorite, luxury vinyl tiles. These options provide resistance so that moisture doesn’t build up under your floors. Luxury vinyl tile provides the look of marble, stone, or even hardwood floors, but with the added durability to stand up against the everyday wear and tear of entering and exiting the bathroom.

Kitchen

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There’s probably not a day that goes by when you aren’t in your kitchen. Your kitchen is a space that gives you that “homey” feeling. The kitchen floor is a high-traffic area that sees quite a bit of wear and tear and should be able to stand up against spills, drops, scuffs, and the wearing from simply walking on it.

We recommend finished hardwood, ceramic, luxury vinyl tiles, or linoleum. Again, your kitchen floor should be able to withstand quite a bit. A popular option for kitchen flooring is a type of hardwood. Remember though, if you decide on hardwood floors, make sure to give them a nice finish so that they are protected against the inevitable moisture.

Living Room

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Your living room should make you feel comfortable. It’s a place in your home where you can just kick back and relax. Flooring for the living is usually a matter of personal taste. There are really no wrong answers here. Some people enjoy carpeting while others prefer hardwood. Other options such as stone, ceramic or luxury vinyl tiles are popular choices as well.

Your living room is another high-traffic area of your home. It can be a place of relaxation as well as play. If you have children you may want something that may be more child-friendly such as carpeting. Maybe you don’t have children, or they’ve moved out. Now might be a great time to freshen up your living room with a nice hardwood flooring.

Bedroom

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You are in your bedroom every day. It’s the first room of your home you’re in when you wake up, and the last room you’re in when you go to bed. Of all of the rooms in your home, this should be the one that is the most relaxing and stress-free.

The two most popular options for bedroom flooring are carpeting and hardwood. Carpeting is usually softer and feels better to the touch which can help create that relaxing environment we all enjoy. On the flip side, hardwood flooring is generally better for you while standing on. Again, the flooring in your bedroom is typically a matter of personal taste. This part of your home doesn’t receive as much traffic or wear and tear as your other rooms, so you won’t necessarily need to be concerned with durability.

We hope you have a better idea for which flooring work best in the various rooms throughout your home. We’re always happy to provide further information and assistance. Stop by our showroom floor in Madison, Wisconsin today and check out our variety of flooring options!

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What does it mean to truly be Green with Flooring?

Yes, you can be green and help the environment with your flooring decision! At Floors For Less, going green means that we offer a variety of flooring products created from recycled materials, as well as carrying flooring products that meet air quality standards to ensure that we are providing our customers the best and safest products to use in their homes. There are green-friendly, beautiful flooring products on the market that are also priced fairly, making them accessible to everyone so that being environmentally conscious isn’t just a luxury.

Here are a few of our Green-Friendly Products:

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Silent Night
Silent night is a foundation padding for laminate flooring and engineered float floors. It also serves as a noise barrier for hardwood flooring installations. We love that Silent Night is created from 95% recycled rubber. It is the best acoustical pad and is naturally anti-microbial. It has an IIC rating of 60 decibels, one of the highest ratings in the market today. Silent Night comes in 100 SF rolls that are 48 inches wide.

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LVT Tile
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is growing in popularity. It’s great in kitchens, basements, laundry rooms, commercial areas and anywhere one might have water hitting the floors. LVTs are deemed green friendly and you can learn more about LVTs here: http://floorsforless.com/products.php?cat=Luxury+Vinyl+Tile

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Cork
Cork can be a great option for workplaces such as a kitchen or crafting area as it’s soft under foot and forgiving if you drop something. Cork is also naturally warmer which can be very appealing in Wisconsin.

Cork has a multitude of green characteristics including the way that it’s acquired, by stripping most of the outer bark from the cork oak tree. This regular stripping does the tree no harm, and the bark grows back, to be stripped again every nine years. The cork oak trees live for 200 years or so, and the forests, called Montados, are highly prized and passed down through generations of families in the cork-producing business. Cork processing is relatively straightforward with the cork sheets being cured, boiled and pressed. Scraps are collected and re-used so that almost nothing is wasted in this process.

One draw-back to the eco-friendliness of cork in North America is that it comes from Europe, therefore, one must consider fuel consumption from shipping the cork.

This draw-back of shipping is counter-balanced by the urgent need to preserve the cork oak forests. Due to the decline in the global cork market, there is more forest clearing of the cork forest ecosystems, thus endangering cork trees. The decrease in demand for cork has devalued the forests, leading to sales or even abandonments of the once priceless land. Cork products such as flooring will help keep the forests intact and support a sustainable form of agri-forestry, therefore, your purchase of cork flooring will help impact the continuation of cork forests.

All of our green products are competitively priced. Stop by Floors For Less in Madison, Wisconsin today! Our emphasis is on service, knowledge and the ability to help you get started. Whether you’re going to install the flooring yourself or have an installer do it for you, our flooring professionals are here to help!

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