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 is not expensive.
Costs: The cost per sq.ft. can be $2.00 to $5.00 for the materials and between $2.50 and $4.50 per sq.ft. for warrantied installation.