A recent Tennessean article made the claim that Nashville ranked third in the nation in terms of housing appreciation. This is not a surprise to anyone who lives in the Middle Tennessee area, but buying a home or plot on which to build a home is a great financial decision, if you can afford it. Now, if you’ve recently purchased a home or a plot, one of the most important things you can make a decision about is the flooring. Think about it. It is literally in every room, and one of the most eye catching things about every room. What kind of floor you use says a lot about what you want the vibe in your home to be. This is especially true for your first home, as people will be looking at it with a critical eye. You want to make sure you have the right floors in the the right rooms, not only to make things look nice, but also so that each floor will last for a while. A new home is expensive, and there’s no point in spending money on something you’ll have to replace in a couple of years. Luckily, the professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey are skilled at this sort of thing, and we are here to help.
Comfort vs. Utility
The first thing you need to decide is if you want to have a lot of carpeting in your home or go with a harder material, such as most natural hardwoods. Choosing residential carpeting still leaves you with a lot of options for your home, such as deciding between a longer or shorter loom, or whether you want to go with something more comfortable and luxurious. Carpet will always have some downsides: it doesn’t deal with water very well, it traps dirt and pollens more than hardwoods or vinyl laminate tiles, and it tears very easily. The thing is, carpet is also very comfortable. It feels nicer under your foot than just about everything else on the market, which makes it the perfect choice for a bedroom or any room you want to scream “relax, take it easy.” That is not to say a natural wood floor doesn’t have a place in the bedroom or living room, just that it might be better suited for an area that receives a good deal more foot traffic.
Consider the Levels
Something else you need to account for is the grade of the sub flooring. For ground levels, or any other level of your home that has a concrete subfloor, pretty much any flooring material can be placed without concern of moisture-based problems. That is not the case for other levels, especially in the basement. Basements are not as popular in Nashville as they are in other areas of the country, but they can still be managed. A basement is the perfect place to try out laminate or vinyl plank flooring, because you still get the design options present in other hardwoods without the threat of mold.
A new home, whether you built it or bought it, is something special, something you will always treasure in your memories when you move on. Flooring is so essential to the process, it is probably a good idea to enlist the professionals at Ozburn-Hessey for any flooring installation services you require. We will handle it with a level of care and precision you’d expect someone to put into their own home, so contact us today and let’s get started!