Choosing New Flooring
So you’ve decided to take on the latest project in your home, new flooring. Today, consumers have a endless supply of choices to pick from when it comes to flooring products. Hardwood flooring, carpet and tile products exist for most any situation. Each room of a home serves a different function and involves a certain traffic area and serves a different purposes. The Key is to understand your needs thoroughly before you decide. Ask yourself, What is you budget? How will the room be used? What looks are you trying to achieve?
Ceramic Tile, Carpet or Hardwood Floors?
So Many choices! Now what? Take a deep breath and think. You can even write this down and plan carefully to help you make the best choice that suits your needs and your lifestyle. Ask yourself, how is the room most often used? What kind of activities take place in this particular room? How is your lighting structured to support and show off the look of the room and new flooring? How is this room furnished or will plan to be furnished once flooring is done? If your family consists of children and pets, will they be using this room for recreational activities? Will you be eating or using this space for entertaining and functions? Is the purpose of the new flooring project for yourself to enjoy for years to come or are you planning on putting up for sale? As you can see, there are so many things to consider BEFORE you move forward with flooring installation. As you can see there are a few things to consider before you make the best choice.
Carpet As A Flooring Option
If budget is important, then carpet is a great choice. It is a versatile option that is available in various grades, colors and textures, and works for almost any room and budget. The main drawback with carpet is that it can be more easily stained than other options and therefore requires professional cleaning to maintain its original appearance.
Ceramic Tile and Natural Stone
Tile is often used on kitchens, baths, foyers and other living areas where high traffic and moisture are common because of it’s durability and water resistance. There are unlimited varieties of tile choices to choose from for your personal needs that results in that spectacular look you are trying to achieve. Ceramic tile to varieties of natural stone exists for most budgets and can have a stunning impact on your home. A common issue with tile is that is sometimes feels “cold” compared to other flooring.
Hardwood Flooring Options
Like stone, hardwood offers a natural beauty that is difficult to match with synthetic products. From neutral oaks to rich cherries, there are hardwood options to satisfy most any palette and to achieve most any style. Hardwoods can be used throughout the home, but should be avoided in high-moisture and high-traffic areas, unless they are adequately protected by an area rug. With solid strip and engineered varieties, and with various grades to select from, hardwoods are available for most budgets.
Shop Around And Get The Best Prices
Your home is an investment. Take the time to plan out and shop around. Ask lots of questions! Get out there and get as many estimates and prices as possible to get the most and best value for your money. If your budget includes hiring out installation of your flooring project, consider a legitimate and insured local contractor.
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