Getting Started With Flooring

Getting Started

Whether you are finishing off your latest project or changing the appearance of a room, installing a new floor is one of the easiest ways to add value and style to your home. With so many selections on the market today, it can be hard to know where to start. No matter where you are in your process, your local Curtis Lumber is the smart place to begin. Our experienced salespeople will guide you through selection and installation to achieve the look you want.

Existing Floor

To determine the types of flooring that you can choose for your new floor, you must first determine what type of subfloor you currently have. A subfloor is the supporting structure underneath your existing floor and is typically a plywood, stick lumber construction or concrete. If the subfloor is plywood or stick lumber, all flooring options are available to you, however if your subfloor is concrete or particleboard, engineered and laminate floorings are the best choices.

The best way to determine your subfloor type is to remove a piece of your current flooring and whatever padding or underlayment may exist. Once you remove these, you will be able to give your salesperson the right information in order to select the right flooring. If you are unsure of what the subfloor is made, be sure to talk to a salesperson before starting your project.

6 Factors To Consider When Choosing Flooring

Choosing the best floor type for different rooms in your home depends on many factors, including your household needs, budget, and personal taste.

Location:  Certain rooms lend themselves to certain types of flooring. Is it a high-traffic area, or a part of the home that’s a bit quieter? Got an open floor plan? Using the same flooring throughout the space will create a clean, continuous appearance.

Durability: Have kids or pets? You’ll need spill-proof and scratch-resistant flooring that is easy to clean.

Style: What style of home do you have? Certain types of flooring will match your home’s décor and personal aesthetics better than others. What colors, patterns and floor textures appeal to you. Do you prefer the look of wood or stone?

Installation: Know your skill level. Some types of flooring are easier to DIY than others. Some are better left to the pros.

Create a realistic Budget: Don’t forget to account for things like removal and disposal of your old floor, subfloor repairs, additional tools and materials, and even the cost of moving furniture when budgeting for your project.

Return on Investment: Higher cost or quality often means a better long-term investment

Let’s break down several main flooring types individually to help you gain a better understanding of each and how they may fit into your flooring plans.