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New flooring can be a big investment, so it's best to know your options before making a decision. Here's how you can choose the right flooring.

When a visitor enters your home, our real estate agents know that one of the first details they notice is your flooring.

Your flooring can change the entire look and atmosphere of a room, and it can have a significant impact on your cleaning routine. Follow this guide to choosing new flooring in 2022. 

  1. Know Your Options
    There are a slew of materials to select from as you choose your home's new flooring. Here are some of the most common flooring alternatives:

    Solid hardwood flooring offers a classic look, can be refinished when it starts to show wear and tear, and will literally last for centuries when properly cared for. However, hardwood flooring is sensitive to moisture and easily damaged by water and other liquids. Some varieties also scratch or scuff easily.

    Engineered hardwood flooring is more resistant to water and damage; it also allows come in wider planks than solid hardwood flooring. Unlike solid hardwood flooring, engineered hardwood flooring can usually only be refinished once or twice.

    Laminate flooring offers the look of hardwood or tile flooring for a lower price. It's easy to clean and resistant to damage. While laminate isn't as easily damaged by water, it will warp if water gets underneath the planks. You can't refinish or repair laminate flooring, and some low-end styles are a poor replacement for the styles they're trying to replicate.

    Vinyl plank flooring has some products that are completely waterproof, making it ideal for homes with pets and children or for use in bathrooms or kitchens. It can mimic the appearance of a number of flooring materials, and it's low maintenance. However, some vinyl plank flooring isn't a realistic replication for the product it's mimicking. It's also constructed from plastic and has a larger environmental footprint than other flooring materials.

    Vinyl sheet flooring consists of a large roll of flooring. It's inexpensive and comes in multiple styles and colors. When incorrectly installed, it will warp when exposed to moisture. It's also the least realistic replication of other popular flooring styles.

    Tile flooring is available in numerous materials, including stone, ceramic, cement, and porcelain. It creates a timeless look, and it's easy to find tiles that suit your aesthetic. Some tile flooring (particularly porcelain) is brittle and breaks easily. You'll also need to regularly regrout and reseal tile floors. 
  1. Decide What Kind of Flooring Pattern You Want
    Once you've chosen your flooring, decide what kind of pattern you prefer for the installation. Your pattern options will vary depending on the type of flooring you choose.

    For hardwood flooring products, laminate flooring, and vinyl plank flooring, a straight pattern is a popular choice that gives an room a classic, timeless look. With a straight pattern, the floors are installed from wall to wall.

    A diagonal pattern is another top selection. For this pattern, your floors are installed from corner to corner. This installation pattern adds more depth to the room but requires an experienced installer.

    To add more character to your home, opt for a random, herringbone, or chevron pattern. 
  1. Choose Flooring That Fits Your Needs
    What do you want to accomplish with your new floors? Are you interested in updating the look of your home? Do you want to embrace some of the recent flooring trends, like whitewashed or smoky gray flooring?

    Or are you more concerned about minimizing the time you spend cleaning and maintaining your floors? If your plans involve listing your home with other Southport homes for sale, you'll want to choose a style and design that's considered classic and not overly personal.

Ready to put your home on the market? Contact us today to get started!