Are you preparing to start finishing work on your new home? Do you want to breathe new life into certain rooms? It’s time to start thinking about the floor, a key element that will give your home atmosphere and express your identity. There are multiple choices available to you – wood, concrete, tile – and you have to make the right one, especially since the financial investment won’t be negligible.
Follow this step-by-step guide to navigate this labyrinth of possibilities…
List your constraints
What type of home do you live in?
If you live in a condominium, for example, the co-ownership regulations may impose soundproofing standards. The type of subfloor may also dictate your floor choices.
How many people live in the house?
A big family that moves around a lot should privilege durable, solid floors. The presence of pets or young children should steer you toward floors that are easy to maintain.
Choose your style(s)
Walls, furniture, openings, and colours set the tone, and your floor choice should complement the harmony of the space. In your large rooms, regardless of your style, combine multiple materials to visually delineate the spaces and create aesthetic contrasts.
Get to know the different options
The crème de la crème: slate and stone give a high-quality modern look to your home. These materials are extremely durable, highly resistant, and easy to maintain; they also retain heat well. For more classic tiling, there’s a multitude of styles, decors, formats, and appearances.
For a contemporary look, choose this inert material (that is to say, without any toxic fumes) that boasts excellent heat retention.
Long popular in our area, these days, carpet is no longer in style because of the progress made in our heating systems, due to its allergen risks, and because it’s hard to maintain.
Parquet floors offer a warm feeling and give cachet to your home without any allergen risks.
- in solid wood: durable, eco-friendly, locally produced, and easy to breathe new life into, thanks to the sandblasting technique. For the regular maintenance of your new floor, don’t hesitate to choose a certified floor sanding contractor that guarantees superior service.
- as “engineered” floors – that is to say, plywood accompanied by a layer of hardwood.
- as recovered floors: and why not reuse boards or old parquet? You can find them in stores, but pay attention to the restoration costs. Ecology and originality guaranteed!
Seagrass, sisal, coconut wood
In recent years, these natural materials have had the wind in their sails in Québec. Easy to install, they give a natural look to your rooms, but are harder to maintain.
Choose the floor that corresponds to how you use your room.
Different types of flooring are suitable for different types of rooms. But if you want to bring harmony to your whole home, you should choose a floor type that suits every room.
A few tips: tiles are often used in high-traffic areas, such as the kitchen. Solid wood is sensitive to scratches and wear and tear in places with the highest traffic. Plywood is suitable for basements, while concrete is perfect for a modern bathroom.
It’s hard to make a decision with just a flooring sample in hand. What will it look like over a large area? Does it risk quickly going out of style? Remember that you’re committed for many years.
If you intend to hire a professional, ask to see a portfolio of their previous projects. Go visit your loved ones and get a sense of how their floors look. Leaf through some home décor magazines.
This is the time to define the style of your interior, so take the time to make the right choices.
SmartReno can help you find the right contractor for your Interior renovation project