How to: Choose Flooring for Your Home

Is 2015 bringing a renovation or new home into your life? If that’s the case, the first step for each room should be the flooring! With so many materials and colors to choose from it can be hard to know where to start. When shopping for flooring start by answering these questions to help determine which flooring you should choose:

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What is your budget? A realistic budget can help you narrow down your choices. Keep in mind, you’ll pay more for quality, so while you should be honest about your budget, don’t skimp on flooring quality.

Where are you putting the floor? Different flooring works in different areas of the house. Moisture susceptibility and durability are major deciding factors for figuring out which flooring is right for you, this is especially true in rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom.

What style and color are you looking for? The floor can transform the look of a room, so take some time to think about what style and mood you want the room to convey. Bringing home samples of flooring can be the best way to see what really works in your space.

How hard are you going to be on your floors? Do you have kids or pets? Does the room get high traffic? All of these factors will impact the durability you’ll need in a flooring material. Also consider this when thinking about how long you want or need the flooring to last.

How much maintenance and upkeep are you willing to do? Be honest about how much upkeep you’ll be willing to do to get the best floor for your lifestyle that will look its best.

These questions can help you start thinking about what you need in a flooring choice. Stop by one of our locations today to let one of our flooring professionals help you find the perfect flooring for your home!

Winterize Your Home

January is here and winter weather is in full swing! Although it may be too late to do any major winterizing of your home, these tips can help you and your family stay toasty warm this winter while saving on your heating bills.

Stop drafts. Weatherstrip windows and doors to keep cold air out. Caulk windows or use window film from a home improvement store to keep window drafts at bay. Buy or DIY draft stoppers for your doors.

Use a programmable thermostat. Setting the temperature of your thermostat around your daily routine can save a lot of money throughout the winter at no discomfort to you. Simply program the thermostat to lower the temperature for times you are out of the house or on vacation. Just be sure not to set the temperature too low to avoid overworking the furnace or freezing the pipes.

Ensure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. Replacing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home is a great safety precaution to take, especially during a season with a lot of baking and time spent indoors.

Depending on the weather, clean your gutters. Obviously if you have ice or snow already built up in your gutters, it is too late for this step. If not, clean out your gutters to avoid build-up and damage which can cause water damage to your home.

Swap out furnace filters. Clean or replace furnace filters. This is especially important during the heating season to prevent your furnace from overworking and potentially stop working.

What ways do you winterize your home? Let us know in the comments!