Did you just move into a new home? Many people panic and call up numerous floor companies when they make that big move from apartment dwellers to homeowners. Rather than head out to a home improvement or floor specialty store and begin to ask the workers hundreds of different questions, check out this quick guide to flooring. It will help!
Laminate flooring is very resilient. It won’t warp or scratch easily, and you even install it over your existing flooring. It’s a great option for people who like the look of a hardwood floor, but not the price or the installation fees.
Many floor companies will tell you that this is the best flooring that you can purchase. There’s a reason for this – it’s designed to last. Hardwood floors might cost a bit more than you planned, and they will certainly be complicated to install, but in the end, you have a very long lasting floor that can even be refinished. A hardwood floor will last for decades.
Bamboo floors are kind of like hardwood floors in that they’re made of wood. The differences end there though. Bamboo is even more resilient than traditional hardwoods, and they’re very eco-friendly. The wood is darker in color, but it can be restained if necessary, and it’s very scratch resistant.
Modern-day vinyl floors are nothing like the ones of old. Instead, they are longer lasting, come in a number of colors and patterns, and no longer look as inexpensive as they really are. If you’re on a budget, then consider having a vinyl floor installed in your kitchen or bathroom. The results will be worth it.
Many home décor bloggers favor ceramic tiles, especially the white variety known as subway tiles. However, this isn’t your only option. You’ll find these long-lasting, tough (as in resilient) tiles in a rainbow of colors and patterns. They can stand up to some abuse and worth every penny that you pay for them.
Cork flooring is similar to hardwood flooring, with the only difference being the type of wood used. Cork is softer underfoot. For this reason, you need to be careful when installing it in a kitchen or living room where it will end up getting dented by heavy appliances or furniture. With that said, cork flooring is just as eco-friendly as bamboo and will last as long as you take care of it properly.
Linoleum used to a dirty word as far as home designers were concerned. These days, it’s reemerged as a legitimate kitchen and bathroom flooring option. Modern-day linoleum is easy to care for, as long as it’s installed properly. Speaking of installation, you do have to have this done by an expert, as every little uneven floorboard below will appear once the linoleum is in. Once it’s installed though, you’ll have a gorgeous floor that will make the room look nice.