Choose the Best Flooring for Your Custom Home

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The look and feel of your new home starts with the floor – its foundation. As such, flooring sets the tone and color scheme. Our on-site designer will help you choose the right flooring for each room, balancing comfort, ease of cleaning, what is best for resale value, and what has the least environmental impact. Here are our current favorite flooring choices for each room, to help you choose the best flooring for your custom dream home.

First consider the function and look of each room. Then consider the pros and cons of each available flooring option.

 

Best for the Kitchen or Mudroom: Tile

Pro: Low-maintenance

Con: Grout lines can be hard to clean and low-quality tiles may chip

For high-traffic areas that require waterproofing, go with porcelain or ceramic tile. In general, porcelain is harder than ceramic and offers greater design flexibility.

  • Some of the most popular finishes are matte, embossed, glazed and textured for anti-slip
  • Porcelain color-through tiles hide scratches and damage best

 

Best for the Bathroom: Porcelain Tile

Pro: Holds up well against liquids

Con: Grout lines can be hard to clean and low-quality tiles may chip

Most people plan for tile in the bathroom. However, tile doesn’t need to be predictable. Floor Covering Weekly reports that a recent trend is porcelain tile that actually looks like wood.

  • Porcelain allows for barrier-free showers, where the floor extends into the shower without any lip
  • Choose a more textured product to reduce slipping
  • You can install an electric heating element under the tiles connected to a timer control

 

Best for the Dining, Living and Family Rooms: Solid Wood

Pro: Beautiful and durable

Con: Certain types darken with age and others can shrink and expand, creating gaps

Hardwood flooring presents a combination of beauty and durability rare in a flooring material. So if you want a classic look, choose from a wide variety.

  • Hardwood comes in maple, pecan, beech, cherry, oak, pine, birch, walnut, hickory and more
  • This is a long-lasting, wear-resistant surface that can be refinished

 

Best for the Basement: Vinyl

Pro: Can stand up to dampness wicking through the subfloor, and pooling from storms or plumbing failures

Con: Does not stand up well to heavy loads; can fade under direct sunlight

  • Be sure to choose a flooring rated for installation over below-grade concrete
  • The surface needs to be installed as a “floating floor” that does not attach to the subfloor

Vinyl works well if you use your basement only for storage. On the other hand, if you plan to finish your basement and make it an awesome game or media room, choose a stain-resistant carpet or carpet tiles. Read more below.

 

Other Options

Marble Tile

Elegant marble tile comes in many colors and is durable and versatile. It can be used for floors, walls, and hallway columns. This type of tile is easily cleaned and maintained. It is also easy to engrave with stylish textures and designs.

 

Cork

Cork flooring is often chosen for play areas where there is a desire for comfortable walking and standing. It also provides acoustic insulation and comes in many colors.

 

Bamboo

Bamboo provides a greener solution compared to traditional flooring. It grows fast, so it’s much more sustainable than slower-growing hardwood. It is durable, elegant and comes in a variety of colors, ranging from honey brown to light tan. Bamboo can darken over time or when exposed to sunlight, and cannot be left wet.

 

Wall-to-Wall Carpet and Carpet Tiles

Traditional carpeting is waning in popularity but is still a great choice when cost, noise, ease of installation and warmth are concerns. Negatives include the off-gassing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and staining and matting over time. Carpet tile is a rapidly growing trend. It can go over any surface (including carpeting) and allow you to become your own designer.

 

It is worth taking your time when selecting flooring. The type you choose can make a significant difference in your home’s appearance, and enhance its value.

 

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