Choosing the right flooring for your home can be an overwhelming decision. Not only is it a major investment, but the type you choose impacts your home’s style and long-term value.

Homeowners should take time to consider several important factors before finalizing their decision on the appropriate type of flooring. Flooring expert Tom Wood, president and CEO of Floor Coverings International — the world’s largest and oldest shop-at-home floor covering franchise — takes the worry out of floor shopping by answering our most pressing questions:

Q: What are the most important factors to consider before purchasing flooring?

A: Purchasing new flooring can be daunting for some. Consider your lifestyle, budget, the purpose of the flooring and space, your decor and comfort before making a decision.

Q: What different types of flooring match different lifestyles?

A: Different types of flooring require different types of care. Someone who leads a busy lifestyle may want to go with a low-maintenance flooring option such as laminate, which closely mimics the look of hardwood, but is easy to clean. Carpet is also a low-maintenance option, but once it gets dirty it may require professional cleanings. Families with children may want to consider stain-resistant carpet because it’s softer than wood or laminate, but still relatively easy to clean. If you have pets, wood flooring makes it easy to clean up after “accidents,” but pets’ nails can scratch the surface. Take time to weigh your options and figure out the best choice to fit your lifestyle.

Q:What are the most popular types of flooring on the market today?

A: Patterned and textured carpets are very popular right now to add color and texture to bedrooms and living areas. We are seeing more hand-scraped and distressed hardwood as well as wide plank wood as well. Consumers are also getting creative, using tile and stone styles mixed together with different sizes and pieces.

Q:What options are most popular for kitchens right now?

A: There are so many flooring options for the kitchen, but hardwood, stone and tile typically are the most popular choices.

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