Often, when we think about condominiums, we are left with the idea that it’s merely just another apartment system or a collection of houses. We tend to forget that within each of those units is a home. And a home should feel like one.
The best way to make a space feel like a home is to start with the very floor that keeps you grounded. Here are some of the best flooring options for condominiums.
What Are Some of The Basic Questions You Need to Ask?
When deciding between flooring options for your condominium, it’s always best to visit a showroom. At a showroom, you see the different types of flooring and even get the opportunity to walk on them, allowing you to get a feel of the floor under your feet. Is it comfortable? Is it beautiful? How much work will I have to put into maintaining it? Is it within my budget? Does the condo corporation board have specific restrictions when it comes to flooring? Most condominium corporations recommend flooring types such as engineered wood and vinyl.
Let’s take a look at how these two popular flooring options compare.
The Pros/Cons of Different Flooring Options
To ensure you choose the most optimal flooring for your condo, let’s take a look at some of the most popular condominium flooring options and consider their different strengths and weaknesses.
Engineered Wood Floors
- Looks like solid hardwood floors
- Price ranges for any budget
- Resistant to cupping
- A lifespan of 20-40 years
- Is still ultimately a thinner layer of wood as compared to solid hardwood
- Solid hardwood floors can be refinished multiple times where engineered floors may not be refinished at all or only a few times depending on the wear layer of wood
- Depending on the condominium board, a sound proof barrier may be required.
Some condominiums will worry about the extra weight that the unit will have to bear. That’s why engineered wood floors are an excellent alternative. Not only is it lighter, but it gives the aesthetics and beauty of solid hardwood floors.
Luxury Vinyl Floors
- Can be less expensive than other floor options
- Thicker and sturdier in construction
- Made out of a synthetic durable material.
- Many options and designs to choose from, including natural wood-like finishes.
- Waterproof and works in areas like bathrooms and kitchens
- Not as flexible as standard vinyl, which is thinner
- It just isn't real wood
The best advice we can provide when it comes time to choose flooring for your condominium is to ask the condo corporation board about what they allow. Most homeowners’ associations will have a voice regarding flooring decisions to help regulate noise nuisances, which can happen with certain flooring types. Once you know what flooring types are not allowed, you can start to explore available options.