Very few choices in life are as lasting and expensive as choosing the right flooring for your home. The type of flooring you choose will not only add value to your home, but this decision can also mean the difference between saving money in the long run or having to replace faulty flooring on a regular basis.
The type of flooring you choose should really be taken on a room-to-room basis. Carpeting may not be a practical choice for your kitchen or bathroom, you may decide to install hardwood floors in your living room, or you may decide to use linoleum for the entire house. Each room in your home will present a different set of circumstances to consider before choosing the best flooring type. Let’s take a look at the most popular flooring types and where people typically choose to install them.
Hardwood flooring adds a polished, warm, and earthen sense to any room. Hardwood floors are easy to install if you buy the flooring panels. They are manufactured to ensure a uniform and stable fit. They are resistant to stains and dirt which makes for easy cleaning. They provide great acoustics and improve indoor air quality since they require no grout, fiber, or embossing that can trap dirt, dust, or pollutants. Hardwood floors are also strong and durable which make them perfect as a life-long investment on your home. Some downsides to hardwood flooring are the cost, the maintenance of refinishing the wood, and the noise of squeaky floorboards from years of use and traffic. Hardwood flooring is not recommended for rooms where constant liquid exposure is a factor.
Linoleum flooring is a much cheaper alternative to hardwood flooring. Linoleum comes in a wide range of styles, designs, and colors and can have a warranty of up to 25 years which can help with your peace of mind. Linoleum is very resistant to stains and water as well which makes it a common flooring choice for bathrooms and kitchens. They are also easy to clean and virtually free of maintenance. The one major drawback of linoleum is the installation. It requires a steady hand to cut the linoleum, precise measurements, and a spread adhesive over the base flooring to secure the seal. Linoleum will prove to be an installation nightmare in a room with lots of corners, nooks, and odd angles.
Carpeting is a luxury for your tired feet after a hard day of work or play. Carpeting can be plush and elegant to sparse and almost bare. Carpeting can provide comfort, insulation, beautiful color, and safety to a house that has young children who require a soft place to play. Stains, allergens, and maintenance are the common downsides to carpet flooring. Because carpeting attracts stains and absorbs water, carpeting flooring is not suited for rooms that have frequent liquid or spill exposure. Installation effort is moderate with some measuring, cutting, and nailing or stapling.
Your home is your world. Carefully consider the role each room will play in the life of your home and pick a flooring that will add both aesthetic value and economic practicality to it.