On a normal day, the flooring in your home endures a lot of abuse. There is a constant barrage of human and animal traffic moving across it. Some of those feet will scuff the floor surface with their footwear, transport grit onto it, or scratch it with nails and claws.

On other days, someone might spill some liquid – anything from hot coffee to oil and pet urine – on the floor. At the same time, dust and dirt are constantly accumulating on the surface. While all these are going on, the changing seasons of the year also affect the flooring.

On top of all this abuse, your flooring is expected to look beautiful and last a long time. It should be easy to maintain but, at the same time, you don’t want to spend a ton of money to buy the flooring. How will the flooring in your home keep up with these demands?

The only way to ensure you choose the right flooring for your home is to understand the different uses the flooring in the home will be subject to. You must know the capabilities of each flooring material to determine how it will respond to being used in a certain way.

It is only when you match the right flooring to the right area of the home that you will get the most from the flooring in your new home. As Dawson Property Management explains, the most attractive flooring material in the wrong part of the home will only lead to frustration, unnecessary work, and wasted money.

Here are a few tips to follow when choosing the flooring materials for your new home.

Tips on how to choose the best flooring for every room in your new house

1.    Who lives in the home?

Do you have pets and small children in the home? Are there elderly folks in the home with mobility issues? When you have visitors, where are they likely to go inside your home? Are there family members who suffer from allergies, asthma, or rhinitis?

2.    Where is your home located?

The location of your home plays a huge role in the kind of flooring you install in the house. Temperature and humidity are just two of the seasonal factors that affect your floors. Some types of flooring are best for certain regions.

3.    How will a room be used?

The following must be considered when choosing flooring for specific rooms water exposure, the volume of traffic, sound absorption, potential for slips or falls, and how comfortable the floor feels underfoot. Based on these, you can vary your choice of flooring for the kitchen, wet areas, etc.

4.    Ease of installation

Some floors are so easy to install you can do it yourself, others require a lot of work. The amount of work it takes to install the flooring also influences its cost. In addition to the difficulty level of installing the floor, you want to think of how easy it is to fix. Can you fix portions of the flooring, or do you have to remove the entire surface?

5.    Think of maintenance

Is the floor easy or hard to maintain? Is this something anyone can do, or do you need to have special skills to maintain the floor? Does maintaining the floor require special equipment and how much will it cost you to look after the flooring?

6.    Consider the style of your home

The flooring should add style, beauty, and class to your home. It should blend with the features of the home and improve its aesthetics. If you like a flooring option but it feels out of place with the rest of your home’s design, you should not install it in the home.

7.    Does it improve your home’s value?

After the thousands of dollars you spent to buy your home, you don’t want to install flooring that will diminish the market value of your property. At the very least, if the flooring does not make your home more valuable, it should not make it less valuable than it is already.

8.    How much does it cost?

The cost of the flooring should not be your most important consideration. Instead, you want to weigh the cost of the material against the benefits you want from the flooring. Do not buy the flooring simply because it is expensive, popular, or affordable?

9.    How long will the flooring last?

Ideally, you want flooring that you don’t have to replace for another ten years. But this is not always possible or even desirable. Sometimes you just want to be able to replace the flooring in your home after a few years.

The longevity of a flooring material should be considered along with the ease and cost of installing that flooring. If the flooring has a short lifespan but high installation cost, it might not be the best option for your home.

10. Does it suit your personal style?

Lastly, you want the flooring to reflect your personality and style preferences. Additionally, it should flow with the mood you are trying to create with your design choices.