Luxury Vinyl Plank Madison basement flooring

Actual installation of luxury vinyl plank flooring here in Madison!

Time for new floors?  You’ll probably start your search with some research online.  But, you want to make sure you’re asking all the important questions. Luckily the experts at Floor Coverings International Madison are here to share some important questions to ask when you’re in the market for new flooring.

What will it take to properly maintain this floor?

Like any choice for your home, you want to know what you’re getting into.  Will the flooring need to be sanded and refinished?  Does the carpet resist stains? What kind of sealant is needed for stone flooring?  When you’re choosing flooring you need to read up on how to care for the flooring once it’s installed.  That way, you’ll be able to maintain the floor properly and maximize your investment!

Where can this flooring be installed?

Oftentimes the room will determine what flooring options are appropriate. Solid hardwood, for example, usually isn’t installed below grade or in bathrooms. If the flooring is being installed upstairs, you may want to consider sound insulation and choose a carpet for that space.

Is this flooring known to fade easily? Scratch easily? Wear around the edges?

Ask what the flooring looks like once it’s been around for a few years.  Is the flooring going to deteriorate quickly?  You may want to opt for a more expensive material if it means you aren’t having to do much in the way of upkeep down the road.

How many years does this type of flooring usually last?

Of course the answer to this question will depend on how you treat the new flooring.  If it’s cared for meticulously or installed in a room you hardly ever use, you’ll see a much longer lifespan for the floor.  Try to give the flooring expert a sense of the day-to-day this flooring will see so that they will be able to give you a more accurate answer.

Where does this hardwood fall on the Janka hardness scale?

Choosing a hardwood flooring species can be daunting; there are simply a ton of options.  However, there is a metric that helps you see how hard (and susceptible to denting) each species is.  Look up the Janka hardness scale to find out how each species ranks!

Will this flooring fit my lifestyle?

Do you have pets?  Kids? Both? Make sure you’re getting a flooring material that is up to the task to meet your family’s needs.  Luckily, the experts at Floor Coverings International Madison know how to help you narrow down the many options.  We’ll help you get the flooring of your dreams, from start to finish!