With so many flooring options to cater to your personal style and preferences, you will have no problem choosing a floor type that is durable, affordable and attractive. Investing in any of the choices below will increase the value of your home and your level of enjoyment, guaranteed! 😉
Let’s first examine the options and the decisions you should consider when choosing the type of material for your flooring. Flooring materials come in many different styles, colors, durability and costs. Knowing what your budget is will pave the way for you to decide on what you can afford. Don’t worry if you have a low budget, you are in luck. Today’s manufacturers have come up with some creative and durable products for consumers.
If you are remodeling or building a home from scratch, the choices are endless. There is an enormous assortment of colors and textures for wood grains, tiles, glass, linoleum, concrete and more. Whether the project is a DIY or done by a licensed contractor, the project will be fun and creative.
Consider Laminate and Pergo for Style and Durability
If you are looking for a very affordable option, consider the unique qualities that laminate flooring has to offer. Besides being a low cost option to the higher-priced genuine hardwood, certain types of laminate can make your home quieter with the ability to reduce noise, be durable in the kitchen for liquid spills, and stand up to super high traffic areas in your kitchen.
Laminates can be created to look like stone tile, distressed wood and can be designed in many shapes to your liking. Laminate tiling can even duplicate the look of travertine floors. The designs are endless. Caring for laminate is easy. Laminate is pieced together with a tung and groove system with no nails or glue. It’s an easy and fast install. This type of flooring cannot be stained and finished. And while the cost is cheaper than hardwood, if this is going into a home that will eventually be resold, the resale value may be lowered as opposed to placing higher priced wood flooring choices.
A disadvantage to this flooring is that it cannot be repaired. The actual damaged piece will have to be replaced. It is quite durable and a cost effective option for those on a budget. It can also be a cost cutting option for sections of your home where don’t warrant the cost of hardwood throughout the home. For example, you may want to use real hardwoods in the living room and choose laminates in the playroom or kitchen area. Laminate flooring is an excellent choice for rentals because replacing damaged areas are not expensive.
Costs: The cost per sq. ft. can be $1.30 to $4.00 for the material and $1.50 per sq. for labor costs.
Tips for Laminate Flooring
- Place furniture protectors on the legs to protect from dents in the floors. Never refinish or sand.
Vinyl Flooring – Not Your Grandmothers Flooring Anymore
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Versatile and economical, vinyl flooring has been revised and has made a comeback. Matt finishes offer good durability and many designer-friendly designs, consider vinyl flooring. Inlaid vinyl floors go through a process that places tiny vinyl granules on the backing, placing closer to the wear surface, creating a more durable floor.
Vinyl is used throughout the entire thickness of the flooring. Scrapes and chips are less noticeable as the color is from top to bottom. Vinyl is sold in rolls and tiles. Rolls are the most common. Vinyl is a fairly easy DIY flooring project.
Three types of vinyl are sheet vinyl, modified loose lay, felt-backed, and vinyl-backed. It is common and better to use a felt- backed sheet as this type has an added layer of felt for strength and comfort. Adhesives are used for this process. Vinyl-backed, the least common, it is glued only at the edges. Modified loose-lay flooring, which includes a fiberglass backing for increased strength and is typically installed using double-sided tape.
Consider luxury vinyl tile, it’s a high-end vinyl flooring option. It can be an affordable alternative to costly flooring materials such as natural stone and wood. Installation is less costly. It can be purchased in a roll or tiles. Installation costs can vary as with any flooring project. If buying tile, you may want to consider purchasing a roll out underlayment, which gives you a grid pattern to lay out the tile with. Adhesives and cutting materials will be needed.
Costs for a decent quality purchase are about $2.00 to $5.00 per sq. ft. Installation costs usually average about $2.00 per sq. ft.
Real Hardwood Floors – They Will Last a Lifetime
Sturdy and impressionable. Natural wood has its own natural variations. The floors need to be nailed down; therefore making this project better suited for a professional as using saws, drills and hammers are needed for the install of hardwood. If you are going to perform a DIY hardwood floor installation, consider renting the tools instead of buying them. The floors can be stained to your taste. Solid wood can be purchased unfinished or finished, and can be stained anyway you like it over its lifetime.
Solid wood floors that feature solid wood all the way through work best in bedrooms and living rooms or anywhere moisture will not occur.
Avoid solid hardwoods in bathroom and kitchens.
Narrow strips, narrow planks or wider planks are the way it is sold. Solid hardwood can be laid on existing floor boards, but you should choose solid wood flooring that is 18mm thick at the minimum, if you’re laying it over the existing floorboards, so you get a more even installation.
Make sure to open your boxes and lay out the hardwood so the air gets to the wood for a few days before installation. This way it acclimates them to the air. It will make the installation a better one.
Tips for Real Hardwood Floors
- Look for the logo from the Forest Stewardship Council or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative on any wood product you buy.
- Real hardwood is subject to moisture damage, Wipe up any spills quickly and polish with good quality hardwood floor cleaners that do not use waxes.