Choosing a floor for your new home can be an exciting thing, but there are some things to keep in mind. It pays to pay attention to the realities of flooring before you get all caught up in the excitement of hardwood or ceramic tiling. Some things to consider when considering flooring include noise, comfort and safety.
A hardwood floor can be a thing of beauty to look at, but it can also be quite noisy. If your household is one in which one person can sleep late while another must get up early, think about the effects of high heels or hard-soled shoes walking up and down hardwood. Ceramic tiles and noise? Forget about it! If you want a noisy house in which you can keep track of every single footstep, then go ahead and lay down a ceramic tile floor. Otherwise, stay away. Any kind of stone is going to be create noise as much as the ceramic tile and probably more than hardwood. If silence is next to godliness in your house, go with cork or rubber flooring to ensure the quietest and relaxing ambiance in the home. Any foundation can be made less noisy with the application of rugs or carpeting.
Most rooms inside your house are not going to be places where you are on your feet for prolonged periods of time. The kitchen floor is the main place where you want to go for comfort over just about anything else related to flooring. Standing up while cooking can give your feet a workout. Opt for rubber or cork for sure in the kitchen to help with the pain of being on your feet. If you are an artist or work on your feet in some other capacity inside the house, go with comfortable flooring in your home office or studio.
Those living deep in the heart of Dixie need not worry so much about cold feet on a cold floor, but up north, well, you want to ensure maximum heat efficiency. Hardwood, ceramic and stone flooring is definitely going to be cold on bare feet, but you can always get around this by wearing thick socks or slipper socks. Unless you provide resilient heating in your flooring plans, you really can’t get away from a cold floor in the middle of winter. Unless, of course, your flooring choice is a throw rug or carpeting.
You want to stay away from flooring that will be damaged by water when choosing material for the kitchen and bathroom. Ceramic tile is a good choice for the bathroom as the coolness to the touch might be welcome after a long, hot shower. Stay away from hardwood flooring in the bathroom or kitchen unless you can cover it with carpeting or rugs. If you’ve converted your basement into a furnished room, you have to take in to consideration the fact that basements are almost by definition prone to moisture. This may not always be the case, but the last thing you want is for water to seep up under an expensive rug that will have to be trashed when the mildew odor becomes overpowering.