I get a lot of questions along the lines of “Which flooring is best?”. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good question, but there isn’t a single answer. Not even close. If there was, there wouldn’t be 3 trillion flooring options out there! My old answer would be something like “well, that’s a personal question that depends on budget, usage, style, blah blah blah”. Not that I was wrong, but I wasn’t helpful. I think my customers sometimes came out more confused after I “answered” their question. So I made this little spreadsheet to help people quickly digest the pros, cons, and cost of each general category of floor coverings. Check it out!
This sheet is designed to give a very quick overview of each general category of flooring. It’s basic strengths, weaknesses and installed cost per square foot to help you narrow down which flooring types would be the best for your application. Then once you’ve narrowed it down a bit, we can help you dig deeper into the relevant ones.
If you’re green you’re good to go, yellow is proceed with caution, red is staying away.
Freeze/Thaw: Is this a cabin that is unheated during the winter? A 3 season sunroom? Freeze/thaw cycles always null and void standard flooring warranties… that’s why you might want to consider a cottage country flooring expert! East Beaches Flooring has developed flooring systems with full warranties in freeze/thaw conditions!
Wet Areas: Any area that might have standing water, such as entrances, bathrooms, even kitchens, and sunrooms.
Budget: This refers to the price per square foot of mid-range quality materials. Includes materials, sundries, delivery and labor including minor floor prep on a subfloor with flatness 3/16” over 10’ or better. It does not include removing and replacing baseboards, toilets, furniture, appliances, and other contents, removing and disposing of existing floor coverings or major floor prep such as correcting flatness greater than 3/16” over 10’.
Hopefully, you have a better understanding of your options at this point. Call us for a more in-depth look into your flooring project! 204-471-1152