You’ve decided you’d like to update the floors in your home. Redoing the flooring in your house can bring new life to the home, get rid of ugly stains or damage, or be a good move if you’re putting your house on the market.
The next question is: what type of flooring should I buy? The answer to this question depends on a multitude of factors, and is probably best addressed with an in-home consultation with one of our flooring experts, but we’ve looked at a few scenarios that may answer some of your questions.
With no set budget, the sky is really the limit as to what type of flooring you can use in your home. There are other factors to consider when it comes to choosing which type of flooring you would like to use; for example, your subfloor will determine whether you can use solid or engineered wood flooring, as well as the moisture levels on that floor of the home. Here are a few suggestions:
Solid hardwood flooring gives you that classic look that can last forever. Hardwood flooring has been around since the Middle Ages, and there are still some hardwood floors out there from that time period! Hardwood floors are easy to maintain and extremely durable, and the choices of wood helps personalize the look just for you. If the wood floor ever does start looking dull or damaged, it can be sanded down and refinished many times. Solid hardwood flooring is not recommended for rooms with high moisture levels like kitchens, bathrooms or basements.
Tile & Stone
Tile and stone are another timeless, long-lasting option for your flooring. Tile and stone can be used anywhere – indoors or outdoors – and is extremely durable and easy to clean. The material choices are endless – from ceramic to porcelain, marble to granite – tile and stone add elegance and Old World charm to any home.
While tile and stone are beautiful and luxurious, they can be cold on bare feet. Consider radiant heating as a solution. Tile and stone are also slippery when wet so take that into consideration before purchasing.
Want the Look, Must Stick to a Budget
Many of us want the look of hardwood floors or tiles, but must keep to a fixed budget. That’s no problem. Modern technology has created a wealth of budget-friendly options that can give you the look and feel without breaking the bank.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered wood flooring is a great choice for homeowners when solid hardwood flooring isn’t an option. Engineered hardwood planks are made up of multiple layers of plywood and solid hardwood. These layers are pressed together with large amounts of pressure and heat and have a middle layer that runs horizontally within each plank to add extra strength. Engineered hardwood floors are extremely durable and they can be used in higher moisture areas where solid hardwood floors cannot.
The downside to engineered wood flooring is that because the layer of hardwood is thinner than a solid wood plank, engineered wood floors cannot be resurfaced more than once or twice in their lifetime. Engineered wood flooring will, however, help your wallet compared to solid wood flooring.
Luxury Vinyl Tile
Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is the hottest new trend in flooring material these days. LVT can imitate any flooring material – wood, stone, tile, ceramic, marble, etc. – but cost a fraction of the price. LVT’s basic construction is similar to traditional tile, with two main differences:
- LVT is thicker overall than vinyl tile, which makes the tile more durable.
- LVT also comes prefinished with a tough top layer that protects your floors from scratches and gouges that can occur over time.
LVT is a great flooring option for high traffic areas like an entryway, hallway or kitchen.
Durable, Attractive & Cost Conscious
For the price conscious homeowner who needs to spruce up their floors, there are some great lower cost flooring options available.
Laminate flooring can imitate hardwood flooring, tiles or stone, and at a fraction of the cost. It’s easy to maintain and is completely customizable in terms of color and pattern. Laminate may be the best choice for you.
Don’t Forget Carpet!
Last, but not least, carpet is still a preferable flooring option for many, and it can fit any budget. Floor Coverings International can do wall-to-wall carpets or area rugs, whatever works for you. Modern carpets can also be stain resistant, waterproof and low allergy – not usually what you associate with carpeting! So, make your bare feet happy, and save a bit of money, by checking out our carpeting options.
Your particular situation – your home, your budget, your lifestyle – will affect what type of flooring you should buy. Start the process now by setting up a free in-home consultation with a Flooring Coverings International Design Associate. We bring all of the flooring samples to you and are happy to answer any questions you may have. We’ll take into account all of the factors needed to make your flooring choice.
To schedule your free, in-home consultation with a Floor Coverings International Design Associate, call 803-661-8567 today!