Whether you're ready for a house-wide renovation or looking for ways to upgrade small spaces in your home, flooring is one way to not only add value to your nest, but also add personality.
Myron Dyczok of AA Floors in Toronto says there's no such thing as choosing the "right" type of floor, because flooring really depends on what the customer is looking for. From hardwood to laminate to engineered wood, it can get overwhelming to choose something if you're floor shopping for the first time.
"First, you have to know what you're working with, whether it's a house or condo, and your budget," he tells the Huffington Post Canada. "Next, pick the type of wood you want that fits that budget."
And if you're worried about investing in hardwood floors for a large space in your home like hallways or living spaces, Dyczok says not to worry, because the chances of changing those floors again are very rare.
"If you have scratches on your hardwood, it can be easily fixed with buffing and a new coating," he adds. "Hardwood is very durable, it would take a lot to ruin the floor."
Below, Dyczok gives us tips on which types of flooring work best in different places in your home.
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The living room typically works best with hardwood floor, says Myron Dyczok of AA Floors in Toronto. "There are two types, pre-finished, which is already stained, and unfinished hardwood, which is a red, white or maple oak." For unfinished hardwood floors, homeowners often choose to stain it themselves.
The bedroom works in the same way as the living room and again, Dyczok says, choosing a style depends on the type of flooring that best matches your decor needs. If you choose a plank that's larger than five inches in width, he suggests using engineered wood flooring for extra stability and support.
"People are still hesitant about hardwood in their kitchen because they are worried about water, but I would say hardwood is fine in this area," Dyczok says. For the kitchen, go with a pre-finished hardwood that can withstand some spills.
"Because you're below ground, you have to go with an engineered product or laminate product," he says. Engineered wood floors and laminate floors are meant for spaces like basements, and offer extra stability and support.
If you're interested in hardwood stairs, don't be surprised if you see an expensive estimate. Dyczok says hardwood stairs take the most time to put together, and on average, you're looking at spending $100 to $200 per stair. For wood types, he suggests a mix of veneer and solid hardwood.
These areas in your home are high-traffic areas, so if you're going with hardwood floor, make sure you have a non-rubber mat on top. "It has to be non-rubber because rubber mats can stain your wood," he explains.
Generally, it's not a good idea to have hardwood in a bathroom (just think about all the water), Dyczok says, unless you are only focusing on hardwood floors in powder rooms.