Top 5 Considerations when Renovating your Condo Floors
New condo? Or perhaps you’re simply looking to upgrade the space you currently live in? In either case, changing the flooring in your condo can have a huge impact on your home’s overall appeal. To make the right decision as to
what type of flooring installation to get, there’s a number of factors you’ll need to weigh. Here are five things to consider.
1. Type of flooring
You have many options when it comes to flooring, and the very first thing you should do is become acquainted with them. It’s best to know what the possibilities are before you rule anything out. Among the products most suitable for Calgary condo living are:
- Hardwood flooring. Made of solid wood and comes in an assortment of wood types, finishes and colours.
- Engineered wood flooring. Similar to the above but composed of a top layer of solid wood and subsequent layers of plywood. Unlike solid wood, these floors won’t warp or bend.
- Luxury Vinyl Plank. One of the most popular types of flooring today. Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) is made to look like wooden planks but is available at a fraction of the price.
- Laminate flooring. Modern types of vinyl flooring can be made to resemble natural products like stone, wood or tile and come in an assortment of finishes and colours.
- Tiles. Made of ceramic, porcelain, slate or even marble. Stores in Calgary carry countless varieties.
- Carpeting. Made of nylon, polyester, wool, olefin or other materials. Colours and patterns vary and the fibres can be either long or short.
A concern that many people have when considering flooring is how long will it last? While no product is impervious to wear and tear, if you buy for quality, most types of flooring will last for years to come. The typical lifespan for some common flooring products are as follows:
- Hardwood flooring. Can last 100 years or more and be re-finished to restore its natural beauty.
- Engineered wood flooring. Designed to last 20 to 30 years.
- Luxury Vinyl Plank. Will last up to 20 years or longer in a condo.
- Laminate flooring. On average, laminate flooring should be replaced every 15 to 25 years.
- Tiles. Ceramic has a lifespan of about 50 years and natural stone can remain in impeccable condition for well over 100 years.
- Carpeting. Most manufacturers recommend you change your carpeting every 10 years.
3. CostYour budget for re-flooring will be a key component in deciding which options are a good fit for you. Before you start shopping, be sure you know what you can realistically afford.
4. ROIIf you’re hoping to sell your condo in the not-too-distant future, it’s worth noting that hardwood flooring will provide you the highest return on investment. Carpeting, on the other hand, is often perceived as undesirable and may bring down the value of your home.
5. Design Elements
The colour, texture and type of flooring you install will play a huge part in the overall look of your space. If you need help deciding what works best in your home, stop by our showroom to speak with one of our in-house designers. We’re pleased to offer free design consultations to all Nu-Way Floor Fashions visitors who drop by our showroom.
Excited to start shopping? Contact us today to set up an appointment or simply stop in at our Calgary outlet.