Design Tip: How to Choose the Right Flooring

April 28, 2016

Selecting the right type of flooring for your custom home may feel like a monumental task. After all, flooring sets the tone for each individual room and for your home overall. Are you aiming for a cozy look, a modern feel, or something that makes you feel like you’ve woken up in the Tuscan countryside? Your custom home builder is instrumental in the flooring selection process. Here at Estes Builders, we’ve built more than 400 homes, so we’ve naturally become experts when it comes to choosing flooring. Here are a few questions we like to consider with our clients to help determine what type of flooring makes sense in their homes:

  • How much traffic will the floor undergo?
  • Do you have pets or young children?
  • How big is your family?
  • Will this floor regularly be exposed to moisture?
  • How often will you clean the floor?
  • How long do you expect the new floor to last?

Practical Kitchen Solutions

image05 Your kitchen flooring should be durable and easy to clean, since this is a high traffic area of the home that often sees spills. Ceramic tiles, linoleum, and hardwood flooring are classic choices that offer a variety of styling options. If you have small children or elderly people in your home, it’s important to remember that smooth tiles can become slippery when wet, so this might not be the best option for your custom home.

Prevent Moisture Damage

image04Bathrooms, laundry rooms, steam rooms, and other areas of your home that have high exposure to moisture require practical flooring selections that are easy to clean. After all, no one wants to see their beautiful floor destroyed by mold or mildew! Limestone, linoleum, granite, marble, and ceramic tiles are all functional options that offer easy maintenance and long term durability.

High Traffic Living Areas

image02 Hardwood flooring adds natural elegance and warmth to your home. Selecting the right wood flooring for your home can take time, but it’s worth it for this long lasting flooring. Wood flooring is an especially attractive option if any members of your family suffer from indoor allergies, because it is easy to clean. This flooring option is also stain resistant and low maintenance, making it a great option for growing families, pet owners, retirees, and more.   You’ll find that there are a number of options available for both soft and hard wood floors at a variety of price points. Laminate wood flooring can be a cost effective solution that still provides a beautiful look if cost is a concern.

Combination Flooring image03

Many families opt to use a combination of different flooring types throughout their home. Carpeting requires a little extra maintenance and may need to be replaced more frequently than other options (especially if you have pets or small children), but it lends a warm and inviting feel to your living space. It’s a popular selection for bedrooms and rooms that don’t have heat below them, such as an area located over a garage. There are wide variety of options and styles of carpeting available at various price points.

Select the Best Flooring

Finding the right type of flooring for your home is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Use our tips to start planning ahead and then ask our expert custom home builders for guidance when designing your home.   If you’d like to get more tips and advice about building your ideal custom home, from designing a floor plan to the selecting the finishing details, Estes Builders is here to help. Subscribe to our blog for the latest custom home news and ideas! Estes Builders is an award-winning design build firm that specializes in custom homes in Western Washington. We have earned more than 130 customer testimonials and a reputation as Western Washington’s most trusted custom home builder. We build custom homes in Sequim, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Port Ludlow, Bainbridge Island, Kingston, Silverdale, Port Orchard and surrounding areas. Contact us for a FREE Project Analysis to discuss your project.]]>