How To: Choose the right flooring for your home


one question I get asked a lot about is

what type of forum to choose and it

really is such an important decision

because it can be a big investment one

that you'll live with for many years

it's not forever

and it's the foundation of your design

so it not only has to work with your

style but be functional for your

lifestyle at NIEHS as both a designer

and a landlord who owns rental

properties I look for flooring that's

not only aesthetically beautiful and not

too trendy but also durable for tenants

and of course affordable we recently

moved into a house that were renovating

to use as a vacation rental and before

we get too far into the rehab we decided

to go ahead and replace the floors the

existing floors had different tile in

every room they were old and cracked the

grout was falling out

they were uneven transitions which were

tripping hazards and the surface was

slippery so these floors were not safe

not nice to look at and they had to go

now when it comes to choosing new floors

there's lots of options to consider so

I'm gonna walk you through our

decision-making process and share my

experience and thoughts on each one in

the hopes that it'll help you decide

what will work best for you


we're here Lowe's to look at flooring

options for the new house the major

decision like flooring I always

recommend seeing it in person first

since it could look really different in

photos online in a perfect world I don't

think you can really beat the look of

hardwood it's so classic and inviting

can warm up any space and it'll go with

any decorating style but there are some

negatives so here in Central Florida

real hardwoods are not a viable option

they buckle and warp the humidity and

it's advised to avoid them altogether in

drier climates they're great but they

can also be really pricey and they

usually require some maintenance and

there's alternatives out there that give

real wood a run for its money so the

closest alternative to real wood is

engineered wood which is a thin layer of

real wood on top of a composite I've

used engineered hardwood in the past and

they look beautiful once installed you

can find the cheaper stuff for under $2

a square foot but a lot of the better

ones are in the five to ten dollar or

square foot range which makes it a great

option for many homeowners who want a

higher quality flooring with a wider

range of styles and price points but

they still can't be exposed to a lot of

moisture so they're not ideal for every

room here in Florida and in other warmer

climates one of the most popular choices

is tile tiles one of my favorite

materials to work with because there's

an unlimited number of styles colors and

patterns you can get creative with and

they'll always be my top choice for

bathrooms but there are a couple of

drawbacks to using it throughout your

entire home

first of all the materials and labor

involved for the insult can make the

total price goes way up even if you use

a budget-friendly tile tile also has a

more specific look and won't necessarily

transition well if you change your style

or even color palette over time it can

also both look and feel cold and it

doesn't bring a warmth to a room like

wood can it usually requires more

maintenance like having to clean or

repaint your grout you have to worry

about cracks and chipping also a more

permanent choice and removing it can be

a pain another option that's become

popular especially with investors is

luxury vinyl here we have luxury vinyl

tile which are thin strips of vinyl that

glue or stick down it can mimic the look

of both wood and stone and it's one of

the cheaper options this one's less than

$1 a square foot but they just look and

feel cheap to me Meital made a lot of

progress in the last several years but I

can still tell the difference in quality

when I walk into a room and I just don't

think the minimal cost savings is worth

it here we have carpet

carpet can be the most economical

initial investment but it's too easy to

stain or damage professional deep

cleaning is expensive and you'll have to

replace it sooner or later

I just can't see myself using carpet

anytime soon

the last option we're gonna look at is

laminate laminates made of a composite

wood with an image of real wood printed

on top the biggest selling points for me

are price durability and style

I used Peugeot in my last house and I

loved the way it turned out so I knew I

wanted to use it again this time they've

added a lot more colors recently and I

really love this Brier Creek oak from

their timber craft lines I especially

love that it's an extra wide plank which

is pretty rare and really expensive with

real wood think we have a winner they

have these smaller samples in the store

but I think I'm gonna go ahead and order

a larger one online just to be safe

when I got the sample from Peugeot the

first thing I did was look at it next to

the paint colors in the room we were

deciding on a paint color for our trim

and holding the sample up next to the

colors really helped us to see the

different undertones and which one

matched up best with the laminate our

rooms will all have different colors and

styles so we had to choose a neutral

floor color that would go with all of

them I'm very particular about the

details in my designs and these floors

look and feel so much like real wood

they even have the wood grain texture I

actually preferred the look of these

more than any of the engineered wood

options I could find for even triple

what the Peugeot cost I could go on

about the look of this laminate but

equally or even more importantly is the

durability this stuff can really take a

beating first of all it's waterproof

which means it's great for bathrooms

kitchens and laundry rooms it's also

scratch resistant which makes it great

for pets and kids with toys and the best

part is Peugeot comes with a limited

lifetime warranty so you won't have to

worry about any problems down the line

since this house will be a rental we

need something that stands the test of

time and I think these floors are easily

the most practical choice out of all our

options once we made our decision we've

worked with an associate at Lowe's to

get everything ordered and installed

they got us on the schedule right away

send someone out to take measurements

and about a week later the floors were

delivered after all the tile was removed

and the subfloor is prepped the Lowe's

install crew completed the whole house

in just a few days they used the Peugeot

gold underlayment for moisture

protection and sound insulation and the

install was quick and easy since the

floor is simply locked in place no glue

or nails required now that they're in it

feels like a completely different home

we've instantly increase the value made

everything feel more cohesive and now

we've got a great foundation to start on

the design for each room the baseboards

and doors will be painted soon and next

on our list is the laundry room

you can find more details about the

flooring we chose and the entire process

from start to finish in the blog post

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