If you’re looking to revamp your living area, you’re probably wondering about family room flooring ideas. There are a lot of options to sort through, and each has its own set of pros and cons. Before diving into a renovation, learn more about each material so you make the best choice for your home. If it’s the right fit, you’ll love it for years to come.
Laminate flooring can offer a sleek solution for a fraction of the cost of natural hardwood. Its versatility lends itself to a variety styles and textures, since it simulates many different natural woods or tile. Laminate is a good option for high-traffic areas because it is resistant to scratches, dents, and stains. It’s also easy to clean: all you need is a broom or damp cloth to tidy up spills. Laminate is simple to install, so it can be put in quickly; you might even consider making it a DIY project.
While laminate can look great, its drawbacks are mainly in how it feels and sounds. It is pretty hard on the feet and it can be slippery, not the coziest option for a family room. When you feel it, it’s obvious that it is manufactured and lower-grade than real hardwood. It also sounds loud and hollow. If you opt for using laminate flooring in your family room, consider investing in an area rug to bring warmth and traction to the room, as well as to reduce noise.
Hardwood flooring is a one of the best choices for a family room. It is the most expensive and most durable option. A well-maintained flooring will last for decades; however, it does not hold up well to moisture, and is prone to scratching. It will need to be sanded and refinished several times over the years. It is a good idea to put protective pads on your furniture to reduce damage. A cozy area rug also brings warmth and comfort to the hard floors. Hardwood flooring is a great investment and will return value for your home, even after many years.
Engineered hardwood has the same look as solid hardwood, but at a slightly lower price. Unlike traditional hardwood, engineered flooring is a layered product: a thin layer of real, solid wood, on top of high-quality plywood. Because it has only a thin layer of hardwood, it can’t be sanded and refinished more than once or twice before it needs to be replaced entirely. That being said, it is simple to keep clean on a daily basis with a quick sweep. It is more resistant to water damage, too. The plywood layer is firm and less likely than natural wood to swell or flex if it comes into contact with moisture. Engineered hardwood is great option if you’re looking for the classic feel of solid hardwood, with easier installation and more stability with moisture.
Always a favorite among family room flooring ideas. It is soft and comfortable on bare feet, and it is perfect for children to play on. Stretching wall-to-wall, you can enjoy the comfort of carpet anywhere in the room (not just on an area rug). Carpet is an economical option because it is much less expensive than hardwood flooring, although it will probably need to be replaced every few years if there is a lot of traffic in your family room. Carpeting also insulates a room, keeping warm air in, rather than letting it seep out through porous wood. Keeping it clean on a daily basis might involve a little more work with a vacuum or steam cleaner, since the fibers tend to hold onto dirt and allergens. Over all, carpet is a great, affordable option for flooring in your family room.
Whichever kind of flooring you choose for your family room, make sure it works for you and your home. There is no single best option for everyone, so go with what you love most! If you have any more questions, please contact us at Bittersweet Contracting. We would be happy to help you with your next flooring project.