Top 10 Mistakes When Choosing Flooring

Great article from TLC which discusses the top 10 mistakes made when choosing flooring. This may help take the guesswork out of choosing the right flooring for your home.

10. Plan for Spills
Don’t use hardwood floors in rooms where water spills and splashes are the norm, unless the wood is properly sealed and maintained to prevent water damage.

9. No Mini-Rugs!
Don’t select dining room or kitchen area rugs that are too small for the area. You need a minimum of 36 inches from the table’s edge to the edge of the rug to comfortably pull chairs out and be seated without straddling the rug and the floor.

8. Avoid Elevated Matching
Don’t choose large-scaled patterns for carpet used on stairs. Trying to match the pattern, when it’s laid on the steps, leads to a lot of wasted rug and money.

7. Proceed With Caution
Don’t allow the repairman to pull out the refrigerator or trash compactor without first protecting the floor covering. Tiles and woods can be scratched, and even super-strong vinyls tear when caught on something sharp and tugging ensues.

6. Trippy Thresholds
Don’t forget the thresholds! In adjoining rooms, choose floor coverings of similar thickness or height to prevent tripping or stubbed toes.

5. High-Traffic Areas
Don’t choose light-colored carpet for high-traffic areas — no matter how much you love it — unless you can clean it often or plan on replacing it sooner rather than later.

4. Cheap Chic?
Don’t go cheap on flooring. Pay as much as you can afford, because floor covering is the one thing you use every time you enter a room.

3. Find the Hidden Charges
Don’t forget to include hidden charges in your floor-covering budget — padding for carpets, grout and sealant for tiles, delivery, furniture moving and installation!

2. Solid vs. Patterned Carpet
Don’t use a solid-colored carpet in dining areas or family rooms. Patterned rugs are a great choice because they mask soils and spills.

1. Seal Stone Flooring
Don’t forget to seal a natural stone floor covering. Avoid water rings and moisture damage by getting the right finish and type of sealant for your surface.

When in doubt, contact the professionals at C&C Tile and Carpet. We are here to help and would love the opportunity to share our 50+ years of knowledge and experience to help you with all your flooring needs.

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