Different flooring options for the homeowner

Although it is often taken for granted, your home’s flooring is among the most important of its features.  A floor can either detract from or tie together all the other elements of a room’s decor. Since it often represents a significant investment to replace a floor’s surface, it is important to carefully consider all your options before getting started.

Your local home improvement store is a great place to begin your research into replacing the flooring in one or several of the rooms in your home. It is likely that they will have samples of many of the most popular materials available, like vinyl, laminate, and solid hardwood. Viewing the individual types of floors in simulated settings, where you can feel how a floor feels beneath your feet, should help you to narrow down your preferences.

Vinyl plank flooring, also known as linoleum, is a great choice for a kitchen, as it offers a strong, and easy to clean surface. Today’s linoleum is available in an almost unlimited variety of colors, styles, and textures.  Another practical material is laminate.  While these floors may have the tone and grain of real wood, they are composed of synthetic material which is very durable, and virtually maintenance-free.

The classic solid hardwood floor is a lasting thing of beauty, whether it is a wide pine or narrow, rich cherry, these floors will bring instant character to their rooms. It is important to know the exact measurements of the room or rooms you will be working on, as this will help to estimate and compare the cost of the materials you are interested in. Once you have set your heart on the type of floor you will install, it makes sense to locate a reputable dealer, and trusted contractor. Asking friends and neighbors for referrals is a good place to start.

Feel free to read our post about vinyl plank flooring pros and cons for more information.

Like hardwood flooring, vinyl floor planks can be installed in just about every room in the house, except for the bathroom.  Since vinyl floor planks are constructed of composite materials, they can be produced in a variety of tile and wood configurations. Some examples of the different types of wood vinyl floor planks are bamboo, cherry, oak, maple, and walnut. Other types of vinyl floor planks have the look of porcelain and slate tile. Advancements in production techniques have enabled manufacturers to produce floors that even feel like wood and tile.

Once your existing floor is removed, you may find that your sub-floor needs some maintenance.  This is key to the proper installation or your floor, and your satisfaction with the final product. From there, it is just a matter of time before you are enjoying your new, beautiful floor.

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