Choosing Flooring: Why You Shouldn't Cut Corners
Go for authenticity
Laminated wood flooring can provide the same warm look as real wood, but it's important to balance authentic quality with cost consciousness. The better types of laminated flooring are long-lasting and can stand up to dents and refinishing as well as the real thing. Similarly, ceramic tiles cost a bit more than linoleum, but Tom Silva of This Old House advises that you may find the investment worthwhile for high-traffic areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Whether you choose fired ceramic or high-quality linoleum, an investment in the best materials will guarantee that your floors stay bright and fresh for many years.
Rely on the warranty
If you’ve decided that a solid wood floor is part of your home improvement plan, it’s worthwhile to invest in a prefinished wood. The flooring material itself costs more, but Consumer Reports points out that you save on installation because you don’t have to pay for extra sanding and finishing. You’re protected by the manufacturer’s warranty on the floor’s finish, thereby saving on the cost and hassle of doing your own refinishing in a few years.
Protect your health
Some vinyl flooring emits organic compounds such as phthalates, which the EPA has linked to specific health concerns. Good-quality vinyl flooring producers have addressed this concern by making sure their products are awarded the FloorScore certification, and Consumer Reports urges homeowners to always look for this certification.
Make your future easier
Many beautiful types of flooring are available now, which include stone tile, cork, ceramic, hardwood, bamboo, and concrete, as well as various engineered products. Regardless of the material you select, higher quality always means less maintenance. Choose a durable material so you don’t face future episodes of revisiting your entire flooring choice when the existing material becomes scratched and worn out.
When you invest in a durable and beautiful flooring material, you are adding to the lifespan of your home and your own enjoyment of each day you spend living there.
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