Installing a new floor is a big-ticket home improvement, so budget is certain to factor into your decision. But you should also consider how much foot traffic, sunlight, and wear and tear your flooring will endure
Carefully consider the location of your new floor. Is it below-, on- or above-grade? Basements are susceptible to ground moisture, so your flooring choice may be different from a bedroom on the second or third floor.
Likewise, kitchens and bathrooms are prone to water damage and humid conditions, which should be a heavy factor in your decision-making process.
Note whether the area you’re placing the flooring has (or will have) radiant heat. Some flooring materials aren’t compatible, so make it known early in the shopping process.
Space vs Light
Also, be sure to observe the space throughout the day. Does it get a lot of direct sun? UV light can fade or darken certain flooring, so look for resistant products.
Take detailed measurements and create a drawing (on-scale is preferable, if possible) including doorways, fireplaces, built-ins or other structure that change the floor’s flow.
To calculate your room’s square footage, multiply length by width. If you have an irregularly shaped room, divide the area into smaller squares and rectangles, calculating the square footage of each, then add the square footage of each area together for the room’s total square footage.
But, don’t rely completely on this calculation. It’s always smart to buy 10% more flooring than what you think you need. This allows for mistakes and bad pieces.