Flooring is one of the most important features of any home. From hardwood and laminate to tile and carpet, flooring not only serves a functional purpose, but it also helps establish the style and “feel” of a given room. Luckily, there are incredible flooring options available today, ensuring that you can find exactly what you want while staying within budget.
As you design your new custom home, you want to ensure that you select flooring that will wear well over the years, especially if you have young children or pets. You’ll also want to choose materials and colors that complement the rest of the home and will maintain their beauty for years to come.
Here, we highlight five of the best flooring options for your new custom home:
Rich, warm, and inviting, hardwood flooring has a classic look that suits any style home. Hardwood is durable enough to be installed in nearly every room of the house, including high-traffic areas and kitchens. Best of all, it’s available in a wide variety of finishes, which gives you plenty of options from which to choose.
At Adair Homes, we offer a range of hardwood options, including:
- Birch - A naturally light wood with a tight graining
- Hickory - Natural color variation with a striking graining
- Kupay or Brazilian cherry - An exotic species with a reddish brown color
- Maple - A medium shade with broad color variation and occasional knots
- Oak - One of the hardest woods with a heavy graining
Each wood offers its own unique color and style, as well as a slightly different price. Many species are also available in a variety of board sizes, including wide planks. Today, manufacturers offer both solid hardwood and engineered hardwood floors. Engineered hardwood gives a bit more durability, because the wood itself is more resilient against temperature and humidity changes. Our flooring partner Shaw Floors takes durability a step further with ScufResist, a proprietary process that makes its engineered hardwood up to seven times stronger than solid hardwood.
Caring for hardwood flooring
Hardwood floors are more susceptible to scrapes and dents because even though the typically used wood species are relatively hard, they are still one of the softer flooring materials. Avoid dropping or dragging heavy objects (like furniture) or walking in heels, and keep pets’ nails trimmed. Regularly sweeping with a soft-bristle broom will prevent small, hard particles from damaging floors. Placing mats or rugs in high-traffic areas will keep hardwood floors looking like new for longer.
Today’s high-quality laminate flooring looks and feels like real wood but at a much lower price than hardwood flooring. It’s also extremely durable and resistant to dents, scratches, and stains. Plus, it’s easy to clean with a vacuum or broom, so pet hair and dust are a non-issue.
Laminate comes in even more color and texture choices than hardwood, and newer options convincingly mimic the look of stone or brick. This gives you plenty of flexibility to find exactly the look that works best for you.
Caring for laminate flooring
Regularly cleaning with a soft mop will help prevent scuffs and scratches from dirt and other particles. Cleaning up spills and puddles immediately will prevent water damage and staining. Avoid applying cleaners directly to the surface of the floor.
Although hardwood and laminate flooring have grown in popularity over the last few decades, carpet is still an important part of many homes. Carpet provides a feeling of warmth and coziness in a range of colors and fabrics. It also helps minimize noise, which makes it perfect for second-floor rooms, hallways, and kids’ play areas.
Of course, you always want your carpet to wear well, which is what makes quality so important. If you’re considering incorporating carpet in certain areas of your custom home, be sure to select a manufacturer that provides extremely high-quality, well-wearing materials, like those offered by our flooring partner Shaw Floors.
Caring for carpet
To avoid staining, clean up spills as quickly as possible with water, or with a spot cleaner if needed. Regular vacuuming will prevent dirt from building up in the fibers, and high-traffic areas can benefit from strategically placed area rugs or mats. Consider a professional deep cleaning once every year or so to keep carpets looking clean and bright.
Tile and Stone
Indoors and out, tile and stone are beautiful enough to transform a space while still having the rugged durability that homeowners require. Today’s options are mosaic, glass, ceramic, travertine and porcelain tile, antique stone, sandstone, and nearly everything in between.
Many of today’s stone products celebrate the natural beauty of the material, creating a gorgeous and unique floor. Meanwhile, a big trend in tile is planks that are designed to look and feel like wood. Our tile and stone partners Emser Tile and Shaw Floors offer nearly any texture, color, and style your heart may desire.
Caring for tile and stone flooring
Use felt pads on furniture to prevent scrapes. Daily sweeping can help prevent the floor surface from becoming dull over time. Use an appropriate hard surface cleaner that will not stain grout between tiles or discolor the stone surface.
Luxury vinyl flooring, like Floorte from Shaw Floors, has emerged as another exciting way to enjoy both durability and style. Today’s vinyl looks modern and sleek, making it perfect for a wide range of styles. Leading brand Floorte comes in a variety of style and color combinations, all of which are waterproof and resistant to damage. It’s no wonder we’re seeing growing demand for Floorte in high-traffic rooms, kitchens, and homes with kids and pets.
Caring for vinyl flooring
Vinyl floors can start to look dull or flat over time. You can avoid this with regular sweeping to prevent tiny scratches and by rinsing the floor after mopping to remove any detergent residue. Scratches are not easy to remove on vinyl, so avoid dragging furniture and don’t use abrasive cleaning materials.