here are very few things as exciting as choosing the materials and fixtures for a home you’re in the process of building. The possibilities are many and if you have a budget to explore a variety of materials, then there’s nothing like it. Along with how you want your walls to be painted or figuring out how you want to design the porch, you also have to decide on the more basic aspect of flooring. In fact you might have to put in extra effort to remember that while it may be basic, it’s something integral to your space. With the right kind of flooring material, you can change the look and feel of your space, add a sense of warmth, style or vintage.

Now here comes the question – do you know what kind of floor to choose for your new home? What would you base your decision upon? Whether you’re taking the advice of interior design consultants or getting the ideas together yourself, here are a few things to remember while you come to your conclusion.

– What kind of weather do you live in?

This is an important pointer to take into account, because weather can decide how long your flooring will last. For example, if the weather around you is really humid, classic wooden flooring might be a bad idea, as wood tends to trap moisture. On the other hand, laminate floors are more flexible when it comes to matching with different weather conditions.

– Which part of the house are you choosing for?

While it might be your decision to choose the same material for your entire house, it’s a good thing to remember that some materials are more suited for some spaces. For example, a tiled floor in the kitchen might be a far better idea than a wooden floor. A stone floor in the bedroom might not create the cosiness you’re trying for, instead a hardwood floor might just suit better.

– How easy would it be to maintain?

The first two questions naturally lead to this one, because the answer to this can lead you straight to the flooring material of your choice. Vinyl, for instance, is usually considered rather easy to clean. However, it is not that easy to repair when it is damaged. You get the picture here. Consider the functionality of each material and then decide if it lives up to the effort you’re ready to make towards maintenance.

Materials you can consider

To make your decision slightly easier, here’s a list of materials you can look into. Each has their advantages as well as disadvantages, and it’s for any flooring material to match your unique set of requirements.

– Hardwood flooring

There’s good reason why hardwood floor options are loved by many. For one, they create a look and feel, which is warm, suave and immediately puts you into a pleasant mood. Hardwood floors are also usually durable and last a long time. The only slight disadvantage is that they need some special care in maintenance. Especially in terms of keeping heavy objects away and cleaning with a semi-hard bristled broom to eke out niggling dust particles.

– Vinyl flooring

This is an option that might not have the aesthetic of wood but certainly features both durability and easy maintenance. Add to that the fact that vinyl flooring is really silent, which means that if you have kids and pets, it’s a rather blissful experience. Also easy to install, one main disadvantage of vinyl flooring is that it can easily get damaged or faded due to direct sunlight.

– Carpet flooring

When warmth is at the top of your mind, carpet flooring could be the most suitable. Like vinyl, carpets tend to cut off sound and noise and can have a softening effect on the entire experience of moving around the home. The only disadvantage with carpet flooring is that some amount of maintenance will need to be done daily. While daily vacuuming works well, a more wholesome clean-up needs to be done monthly.

To sum it up, choosing a flooring material can be tough when you don’t exactly know what you want or why you want what you want. Bring it down to the basics as pointed here and your buying experience can become way smoother.