Nothing will be used more in your new or remodeled bedroom than the floor. If you make the wrong choice, you’ll know it every morning when you get out of bed.
Wood is always a great option because it’s durable and easy to maintain. In addition, you have a wide choice of wood species, providing a variety of colors and patterns. After they’re installed wood floors also give you design flexibility – simply add or swap-out an area rug whenever you’re in the mood.
The main drawback is expense – wood floors are typically the most expensive alternative. Softer woods can also scratch more easily and become warped if they get wet.
Laminate flooring is multi-layer fused product. It incorporates a core of resin and fiber board covered by a layer that has an image of the look you want. Then it’s all covered by a protective layer that’s clear, allowing the image layer to show through.
Laminate is durable and low maintenance, resisting scratches and stains. It’s also hypoallergenic and a good choice for families with pets. While laminate is moisture resistant it’s susceptible to water damage, causing both cosmetic and warping issues. Laminate cannot be sanded or refinished, so you need a new floor if it needs an upgrade.
Tile is not typically used in a bedroom for a variety of reasons. It retains cold more than other materials, which may be an issue getting out of bed on a cold Minnesota morning. It can also be prone to cracking if the bedroom is on the second floor and the house is prone to shifting and settling.
However, tile is a great choice if you’re considering a radiant heat system. Like wood, it’s also durable and provides a variety of materials and looks.
Carpet is the choice if your main concern is warmth and quiet. The carpet creates an insulating effect that provides warmth under foot and also helps dampen sounds in the room. Similar to the other flooring options, there are a wide variety of materials, weaves and colors/patterns.
While carpet is somewhat moisture resistant, if the carpet does not dry quickly and completely it can form mold. It is also not a good choice if allergies are a concern because it retains dust, mold and pet hair. As a result, if you choose carpet, plan on regular deep cleanings.
SMC has extensive experience advising people on the best flooring options. Contact us today at (763) 300-5519 to discuss your plans.
By Sinan Music, Owner, SMC Construction