Choose the Right Flooring for Each Room in Your Home
Selecting the right flooring can be a difficult process; you like wood floors, your partner likes tile. Personal tastes, costs, and quality all play a part in your choices. Consider the following when selecting flooring:
- How big is your family and how much traffic is the floor going to get?
- Will children or pets be using this surface?
- Will the surface be exposed to moisture?
- Does the floor need to be easy to clean due to lots of spills, pet accidents or foot traffic?
- Are you willing to pay more for a floor that lasts longer and is more durable?
- Will you need to finance your flooring?
A kitchen floor must be durable and easy to clean. For this reason, most people select ceramic tile or linoleum. Linoleum is the least expensive, and it comes in an unlimited variety of colors, textures and patterns.
Ceramic tiles cost more than linoleum, but they are durable and beautiful. However, if the subfloor beneath the ceramic is old, it may have to be replaced to prevent the tiles from cracking.
Of course, many homeowners choose less common options for their kitchens which can also work well. For example, many American kitchens feature cork, wood and vinyl flooring, which provide an easy to clean, durable and durable surface.
Since your bathroom floor is going to get hit with a lot of water, linoleum and various types of tile, including ceramic, granite, marble and limestone, are excellent choices. Smooth and potentially slippery surfaces aren't a good idea in the bathroom due to safety, so consider a textured linoleum or tile.
For the rest of your house, your choices are wider, but consider whether children or pets will be frequenting certain areas. For example, carpet traps odors and can be difficult to clean after pet accidents and liquid spills, but it is a soft surface that is great for children to play comfortably on.
Wood has a natural beauty and adds a cozy, warm and homey feeling to your living space, and there are many options. Solid wood flooring comes as a solid piece of 100 percent tree wood in varying thicknesses. These surfaces are great because they allow multiple sanding and refinishing and can last decades. Engineered wood floors are also a great option, and usually constructed of laminated wood veneers, which can add more stability to the wood floor -- especially in humid climates.
No matter what option you choose, durability, maintenance and affordability are important factors to consider, however, you can find quality without compromising yourself financially.
DIY Network: Guide to Selecting Flooring
HGTV: Buying Guide: Flooring
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