Choosing the right flooring for home may seem like a daunting task. It’s a process that will require personal taste as well as practicality considerations. But home flooring decision should not stress you out. All you have to do is ask yourself a few key questions at the beginning of the process to help you make the best choice and increase your long-term satisfaction with your new floor.
Consider these questions: What’s the size of your family and how much traffic will the floor receive? Having children and pets definitely make a difference. Will the floor be exposed to moisture regularly? How often should it be cleaned? Is it hard to maintain? How long do you expect the new floor to last?
This material is a traditional favorite. Because of hardwood’s durability and natural feel, it continues to be the top flooring of choice for many homeowners. Hardwood floors come in a variety of styles too so you won’t have to worry about options. There are plank, parquet and prefinished boards.
Laminate flooring is also one of the most popular flooring choices these days. It’s easier to install than solid wood hardwood floors. This flooring material is also less expensive. A variation on true laminate floors are engineered wood floors. However, this is a little more expensive than laminate because the top layer is real wood instead of photographic imprint.
When selecting tile on a budget, the most cost-effective choice could be porcelain. It has the beauty and hardness of stone, but costs considerably less and easier to maintain than marble. Glazed porcelain tile is also durable to handle heavy traffic areas. You also don’t have to worry about selection as it is available in a wide range of textures and finishes.
For the value-conscious homeowners, vinyl is today’s hottest flooring option. It’s a popular choice for rooms that are prone to moisture problems. This floor material is very easy to clean and softer underfoot than tile. Vinyl is available as sheets and self-stick tiles, and available in many different widths and thicknesses.