Whether you’re considering a major remodeling project or simply want to update a room, changing your flooring is an easy way to make a dramatic change. With so many flooring choices available today, you can choose from many options including hardwood floors, carpeting, and tile. Another option, laminate flooring, has also become extremely popular.
In general, hardwood floors are more durable and more resistant to damage from impact than softwood floors.
The most popular hardwoods include oak, followed by maple and ash. Specialty woods are more expensive, however, they are often quite beautiful. If you have an ample budget, you may want the luxurious look of specialty woods. Walnut, teak and cherry are popular choices.
You can also customize your wood floor with pieces arranged in a special design, or stain a contrasting color to reflect a special theme or design. Inlay elements can turn an already striking hardwood floor into a distinctive work of art.
One way to customize your hardwood floors is to stain the hardwood in an unexpected shade. While hardwood flooring can come in a variety of different shades and colors, it is becoming more and more popular to create a custom color. Many homeowners have chosen a bright red or deep green stain with striking results. Often it is best to choose a vibrant color for smaller areas or rooms, as too much of a non-neutral color can prove to be overwhelming. Click here and use our free service to have one of our licensed and insured flooring contractors in your area install or refinish hardwood floors.
Bamboo flooring is an increasingly popular trend in flooring and is actually harder than hardwood floors, which makes it a much more durable material. Technically a grass and not a wood product, bamboo is a renewable resource that can be harvested every five years. In many cases, bamboo flooring is less expensive than hardwood, while the installation costs should be about the same.
If you haven’t been carpet shopping recently, you may be overwhelmed by the many choices. Don’t make the mistake of choosing carpeting only for its color. Consider the carpet’s fibers and construction, as well as your lifestyle.
Plush or cut-pile carpet has loops trimmed off so that yarn ends poke up. Saxony plush, one of the most popular varieties, has short tufts that are densely packed. While a popular choice, plush carpet doesn’t tend to wear as well as berber carpeting.
Berber—or high level loop—carpet creates a nubby texture with complete yarn loops that stand upright.
Wool generally is considered to be the ultimate carpeting fiber. It costs two to three times the price of synthetics, but it’s particularly comfortable, durable, and natural in appearance. It is resistant to soil, but when soiled may be particularly hard to clean. Be aware that direct sunlight will fade wool fiber over time.
Synthetic fibers are made from several artificial materials.. Nylon is the most popular because of its durability, although it can be damaged by prolonged exposure to sunlight. It is less costly than wool, one of the most expensive of the synthetic varieties.
Understanding all of the attributes and drawbacks of each carpet product can help you choose the most appropriate flooring for your home with confidence. If you need carpet installed, it’s a good idea check with a few highly rated carpet contractors in your area.
The most durable of all tiling materials are ceramic tile and natural stone materials, which, when properly installed, last the lifetime of a house. This durability, combined with the natural beauty of stone and the incredible array of tile types, colors, patterns, and textures, makes tile and stone the materials of choice where quality and character are important.
Ceramic tile and stone are fundamentally different. Stone flooring can include quarried slate, limestone, flagstone, granite, or marble. Natural stone tile is a relatively affordable alternative to stone and is made from real stone aggregate suspended in a polymer binder.
Choosing the right stone tile is usually a combination of personal preference and budget considerations.
Marble and granite, for example, offer a more formal appearance. The most expensive of stone flooring, marble is an elegant, ornamental stone that takes a high polish. Both sandstone and limestone are more brittle, but less costly options.
Ceramic tile is made from slabs of clay that are fired for hardness. Ceramic tile may be either glazed or unglazed. Glazed tiles have very hard, smooth surfaces that reject water and stains. The tiles come in many colors, four finishes, and two surfaces that may be smooth or textured. No matter what tile you prefer, a local tiling contractor should handle any tiling project. Get a few free quotes to compare, and get that new tile installed.
Laminate flooring used to be considered merely a substitute for hardwood or tile, but now it’s a legitimate medium in and of itself. The durability is often what initially interests customers.
Laminate wood flooring is easy to install because, unlike conventional solid wood, it’s prefinished and may be glued down or applied over a thin foam paid laid on the subfloor. Some types are even adhesive-backed.
The grouted tile looks are also very popular. Customers love having the look of grout without having to scrub it to keep it presentable.