Along with all the “dos” you might hear when having new floors installed there are some pretty big “don’ts” you need to keep in mind when actually deciding what kind of flooring to put where. Here are some of the biggest that you should keep in mind while out shopping:

Save hardwood flooring for rooms where they are likely to be relatively safe from water splashes, which means that for kitchen or bathroom they tend to be right out. Water ruins hardwood flooring and fixing water damage can involve ripping out sections of the floor itself and replacing the boards, a very expensive undertaking. If you really have your heart set on a wood look floor for your kitchen opt for Pergo instead.

Don’t opt for large patterns on carpet for the stairs. Even the best tradesman in the world often have a hard time matching those patterns the right way as they install the carpet and the finished look is often disjointed and less than attractive.

When choosing a carpet consider the traffic level that will be crossing it on a daily basis. Certain carpets are not cut out for excessive wear and tear, so listening to the salesperson’s recommendations on this on this what is definitely advisable.

Measure carefully. Unless you have someone come in to measure up your room professionally before you buy your flooring it is up to you to make sure that you take accurate measurements with you to the shops. Even then you will often find that the salesperson will recommend that you buy extra. In most cases that is not because they are trying to fleece you but because they know that however good the flooring installer there is always going to be a need for more than you had first though, whether you are laying carpet, tile or hardwood.

Don’t skimp on the installation. Although new flooring isn’t cheap saving a few dollars by installing it yourself is not always the best idea if you have not done so before. Paying a local tradesman to do the job may add a few extra bucks to the bill but it will be nothing compared to the cost of fixing a mess if things do not go quite to plan!