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The Best Flooring Options For Your Custom Home

Choosing the flooring for your custom home is an important decision. Flooring not only serves a functional purpose, but it also helps establish a style for the room. It’s one of the largest design surfaces in your home, so take the time to put real thought into picking the right floors.

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Some questions to keep in mind when choosing flooring include:

  • What color and type of flooring will go with my existing furniture, countertops, and paint color?
  • Does this floor need to be pet friendly?
  • Is this a high traffic area in my house?
  • Is this area of my home a high moisture area?
  • Will I be standing on this floor for long periods of time?
  • Does this fit into my budget?
  • How easy is it to clean?

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Hardwood flooring:

For a classic look, you can go with hardwood floors. They’re available in a variety of different colors, widths, and lengths. They can be installed in nearly every room, including kitchens. It can be susceptible to scratches and scuffs, but those can be removed or sanded down. There is also an option for engineered hardwood floors, which have more durability and are resilient to temperature and humidity changes.



If you want the look and feel of real wood but want to pay a lower price, than laminate flooring would be a good option. It’s very easy to clean and is extremely durable. It’s also resistant to dents, scratches, and stains. There are even more color and texture choices than hardwood, with the option of mimicking stone, brick, or tile if you want. It gives you a lot of flexibility of finding exactly what you want in a low maintenance way.

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Although hardwood and laminate have become more popular in recent years, carpet is still an important material in many homes. It provides warmth and coziness, while minimizing noise. It can be great for bedrooms, hallways, and playrooms. Especially in the cold winters of Michigan, you might appreciate having carpet in your bedroom. Carpet comes in a variety of colors and textures so there is a lot to choose from. Newer carpets offer better durability and are more stain resistant than ever before.

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Tile can be a great option when it comes to kitchens and bathrooms because it is water resistant and resilient to discoloration and staining. It’s easy to clean and keeps your home cool. If you want a more natural aesthetic to your home, tile flooring can be a great option as it comes in a broad earthy tone palette. Other style benefits include matching the floor tile to shower walls or sink backsplashes for a more cohesive look.



Vinyl is another popular option as it is highly durable and scratch resistant. It comes in a variety of styles and colors. Vinyl is great for high traffic areas of the house and kitchens. The low maintenance makes it great for kids and pets. The real disadvantage of vinyl floors is that it is unlikely that it’ll be mistaken for the material it is imitating.


Choosing flooring can be tough decision, but here at Elon Homes we help guide you through this process so you can be confident about your decisions. With years of experience, we are experts at helping you choose what will be right for you and your family. Download our Home Design Guide for more tips on how to design your custom home.