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How To Choose Your New Flooring

What should you consider when replacing your flooring?

When replacing your flooring, there are several factors to consider to ensure you make the best choice for your home or space: 

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1. Purpose of the room

The type of flooring you choose will depend on the room’s intended purpose. For example, kitchens and bathrooms require flooring that is moisture-resistant, while bedrooms and living rooms may benefit from carpeting for added comfort.

Kitchen floor, tile
Child plays on new floor

2 Durability:

Consider the amount of foot traffic the floor will receive, as well as the wear and tear it will need to withstand. Hard flooring such as ceramic tile or hardwood can be more durable than carpet, for example.

3. Maintenance:

  1. Some flooring options, such as hardwood or natural stone, require regular maintenance and sealing, while others, such as laminate or vinyl, are low-maintenance and easy to clean.
Mopping of a tile floor
Expensive but luxurious hardwood floor

4. Cost:

Flooring costs can vary greatly depending on the type and quality of the material. Consider your budget and the long-term cost of maintenance when making your decision.

5. Style:

Flooring can greatly impact the overall style and aesthetic of a room, so choose a flooring option that complements your personal taste and the decor of your space.

Modern looking floor
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Laundry room floor

What about flooring that is to be installed in a high-moisture Area?

When choosing flooring for a high-moisture area, such as a bathroom or a basement, it’s important to consider the following factors:

  1. Moisture resistance: Choose a flooring option that is resistant to moisture, such as ceramic tile, vinyl, or concrete. Avoid flooring materials that can be easily damaged by water, such as carpet or hardwood.
  2. Slip resistance: Wet floors can be slippery, so choose a flooring option that offers good slip resistance, especially in areas where people may be barefoot, such as a bathroom.
  3. Mould and mildew resistance: Flooring in high-moisture areas is prone to mould and mildew growth. Choose a flooring option that is mould and mildew resistant, or one that can be easily cleaned to prevent the growth of mould and mildew.
  4. Grout lines: If you choose ceramic tile, consider the size of the grout lines. Smaller grout lines can be harder to clean and may trap moisture, while larger grout lines may allow water to seep through.
  5. Drainage: In areas with standing water, such as a basement, consider a flooring option that allows for proper drainage to prevent water damage.
  6. Ventilation: Proper ventilation is essential to prevent mould and mildew growth. Make sure that the area has adequate ventilation, such as a fan or an open window, to allow moisture to escape.
  7. Durability: High-moisture areas can be tough on flooring, so choose a durable option that can withstand frequent exposure to water.

By considering these factors, you can choose a flooring option that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing in high-moisture areas.

When choosing a new tile floor, how can you avoid it cracking?

There are several steps you can take to avoid cracking in your new tile floor:

  1. Subfloor preparation: Ensure that the subfloor is level, clean, and free of any debris before installing the tile. If the subfloor is not level, use a self-levelling compound to level it before installing the tile.
  2. Use a solid base: Use a solid base for the tiles, such as concrete or a cement board, to prevent cracking. This will provide a stable foundation for the tiles to avoid cracking due to movement or settling.
  3. Grout lines: Ensure that the grout lines between the tiles are not too wide. Wide grout lines can allow the tiles to move independently and cause cracking.
  4. Tile size: Choose tile sizes that are appropriate for the size of the room. Large tiles can crack if they are installed in a small room, while small tiles may crack if they are installed in a large room.
  5. Quality of tile: Use high-quality tiles to reduce the risk of cracking. Cheaper tiles may be more prone to cracking or breaking over time.
  6. Proper installation: Proper tile installation is essential to avoid cracking. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation, and consider hiring a professional if you’re not confident in your tile installation skills.
  7. Room temperature: Ensure that the room temperature is consistent to avoid temperature changes that could cause the tiles to expand or contract and crack.

By following these steps, you can reduce the risk of cracking in your new tile floor and ensure a long-lasting and durable flooring solution.

Kitchen tile floor

Smyth Stolarz Construction Ltd. can help.

During a home renovation project is a good time to replace the flooring of your home. There are many variables to consider when replacing the floor in your home. If you’re unsure as to the best choice to make, contact us at Smyth Stolarz Construction Ltd. With many years of experience in doing home renovations in Edmonton, our team knows just the right flooring to meet your needs and your budget. Contact us to learn more.