While the sheer diversity of flooring materials is very exciting to the experts at Floor Coverings International South Baton Rouge, we must confess that not all flooring is created equal. To be more specific, one floor may be better suited to a given level of the home than others.
In terms of comfort, safety, and practicality, there are reasons that a flooring material may be highly recommended for one particular level of a house. Join us today as we cover what floor material goes on which level. Moving forward, you can begin to make informed decisions about where to have new floors installed in your own Baton Rouge home.
Making the Grade
“Grade” is a term that refers to the location of a floor relative to ground level. This is a term we’ll be using in today’s reading. If a floor is above-grade, that means it is above the ground level of a home. As you may have guessed, at-grade represents the main level itself. The lower the floor grade, the more susceptible it is to mold, mildew, and other common banes in areas of the home where moisture reigns freely.
For the main floor you may take your pick among plenty of options: hardwood, vinyl, linoleum, cork, carpet — the list goes on! One key virtue of the main level is its openness to virtually any flooring material. Something welcoming may be best, as this is the floor visitors will see first when entering your place. But as the entrance level, it is also the floor that will endure the most dirt and other particles from the outside world. Any floor at the main level, or at-grade, will do best if it is resilient and durable, or if it permits hiding stains.
For above-grade flooring, most floor materials will work. It is important that heavier materials like concrete be avoided, as they can put excess weight on the foundations and damage the house, or worse, its residents.
But while hardwood works just fine for above-grade flooring, you may prefer something softer and more absorbent. Carpet and cork, for example, can effectively absorb significant amounts of sound from above, so that those on the main floor are not bothered by noise.
New Floors at Any Grade
The professionals at Floor Coverings International South Baton Rouge are your local, tried-and-true resource for beautiful new flooring. Contact us today to get started with a free in-home consultation, no obligation. We provide and install the best flooring materials around, and our customer service is A-grade. Proudly serving residents of South Baton Rouge, Prairieville, Gonzales, Ascension Parish, and surrounding areas.