Choosing Flooring When Remodeling Your Home
One of the details that goes into a residential remodeling job is choosing flooring to complete the room. This is as much about function as it is looks and comfort, so it makes sense to want to have the information you need in order to make the best decision. There are of course plenty of factors that go into determining what choice will work best for you and it should be about more than just looks however, it should also not just be about your budget restrictions. Using either of these factors to base your entire decision on is likely to lead you to making a choice you do not like, at least not long term.
What Are Your Options?
These days there are a great many options available to you for your flooring, each with their own unique set of pros and cons. This is to give you a broad overview of some of the most popular; from there you can find out more specifics from your remodeling contractor or flooring professional.
- Carpet – Still one of the most affordable and available in a variety of color choices and patterns. This is also one of the most comfortable options out there, for under your feet and to make the room or home as a whole feel more comfy and cozy. While it is not difficult to clean, it is more labor intensive than some of the other options, especially if stained or damaged. While carpeting also comes with standard stain guarding now, this does not make it impossible to stain or tarnish. Plus, this may not be the best choice in a home where one or more family members suffer from allergies, asthma or other respiratory-related health issues because the fibers can trap dirt, dust, pet dander and other debris.
- Tiling – The look of tile is unique, modern and clean but, in the opinion of some homeowners, can come off as a bit cold – and even feel cold under your feet. Tile is quite durable and it takes a lot to cause damage, such as cracks or chips. However, it is not impossible to damage tile and repairing it can be more complex than some other flooring alternatives. While it is fairly easy to clean, extra special steps must be taken in order to keep the tile and grout clean. Without doing so, you will end up with flooring that looks unsightly and that is beginning to retain dirt, germs and harmful substances like mildew and mold.
- Wood Floors – Probably still one of the most favored options, wood floors have a classic look that can work well with any type of style ranging from traditional to modern. They are easy to clean with a surface sweep and do no retain dirt and debris the way that carpeting does but the long-term care is more intensive than other options. Also, it can be easy to damage the surface layer of wood floors meaning you will have to have them sanded and refinished in order to prevent long-term, permanent damage. However, this is an investment that will help to increase the property value of your home.
- Laminate – This is a great way to have the look of one type of flooring with the cost of another. For example, if you love tile or wood but these are not really budget-friendly options for you, then you may want to consider laminate. You can get the look of fake wood or tile but at a fraction of the cost. Not to mention, this alternative is easier to care for and to repair than the real thing. There are of course other style choices for laminate, other than faux bois or fake tile, so make sure you consider them all before making a final decision.
It also boils down to who you choose to work with in order to take care of your flooring. A true professional should be willing and eager to walk you through the options that you have so that you make the best choice possible for your remodeling project. Don’t settle for less than a real industry expert, and never settle for less than you want when it comes to the flooring you choose.