GIVE YOUR HOME THE FLOOR IT DESERVES
It is important for floors to be functional and aesthetically pleasing. Whether you are doing yoga in the den, hosting a dinner party in the dining room, or entertaining the neighborhood kids in your kitchen, you need a surface underfoot that's comfortable and durable. Today’s options for flooring vary more than ever, running the gamut of styles, finishes, and installation options. Product innovation is clearly blurring the lines between flooring categories, and the raw materials used to create different finished products. These styles can include materials from gin bottles to the staves from old wine barrels. You can choose the perfect product that fits your lifestyle and budget.
The meticulous process of turning a house into a home is a series of careful decisions regarding comfort, style, color, and of course cost. Few decisions are as crucial as choosing the right flooring to best accent your home during the building process. Use this handy buying guide to help you decide which flooring option is right for you and your budget.
CERAMIC & PORCELAIN TILE
Ceramic and Porcelain Tile are reliable, and design-friendly. These materials are durable and easy to maintain in the long term. This means that you should only have to install this type of floor once over the course of owning your home or office. Their colors don’t fade, and certain brands offer hypoallergenic qualities. No need to worry about pets, spills, or wear and tear! When selecting tile on a budget, porcelain is the most cost-effective. Tile is best suited for areas prone to water, such as basements, kitchens and bathrooms
FLOATING WOOD TILE
Advances in the tile industry have lead to the production of wood styled tile that gives you everything you love about a wood flooring without the common issues.
Floating Wood Tile combines the beauty and hardness of stone, but is more cost effective and easier to maintain. Unlike marble that is sensitive to scratches, and wood that is susceptible to temperature changes and water damage, this tile is easy to clean and wears better over time. If damage does occur, you can replace single or multiple tiles easily without having to rip up a whole section of the floor.
The most important benefit of Carpet Flooring is the comfort it provides to the feel and style of a room.
Carpet comes in a variety of colors and styles. You can choose the one that best fits the vision of your remodel. Carpet can be used as a decorative element, while its textures can add depth to any plain room. Carpet tends to make your home safer. If you have children, or even elderly adults, it can help save them from injury.
Hardwood Flooring has the advantage of being very easy to maintain and clean, it is hard to stain. For people with allergies, hardwood flooring is a great option because it does not trap particles that aggravate allergies, unlike carpet.
Hardwood flooring has different natural patterns. With no two hardwood floors being exactly alike, you wont have to settle for a single color or texture. This type of flooring is tough and strong, but can be damaged by pets, moving furniture, and destroyed by its worse enemy – water.
Bamboo has been widely used in America for furniture, home accessories, and flooring. Bamboo has a better resiliency than softer floors like pine or vinyl. A bamboo floor, despite its rapid growth, proves to be extremely strong when cured and can handle the elements and high traffic areas. It is easy to install and very affordable. The average homeowner can single-handedly install a large section of flooring in a weekend.
The cost of bamboo flooring can vary greatly, depending on grade, finish, material percentage, veneer, etc.
Cork gained popularity as a flooring material because of its unique durability, beauty, and "green" qualities. It resists cracking and abrasions and is impermeable to gas and liquid. Cork is naturally resistant to mold, mildew and termites. It's also anti-microbial. Cork is fire-resistant, it melts only at very high temperatures.
Cork flooring is available in tiles and planks in many styles, colors and sizes. Use planks to create an almost seamless-looking floor, or use tiles in single or alternating colors to create a nontraditional effect.
Nothing compares to the elegance, durability and traditional beauty of stone flooring. Your initial investment in a stone floor is likely to be more expensive than most of the alternatives. However, you will discover that there are many advantages: they will last a lifetime, stone floors can be easily cleaned or washed.
In warm and hot climates, nothing is better than stone. If you experience cooler winters in your area, it gives you the opportunity to add area rugs during the cooler months, for a seasonal decorator change. If you prefer, you can even install a heated floor for warmth on even the coldest nights.
Vinyl flooring is very inexpensive compared to most flooring materials. It is much cheaper than wood or tile and in a similar price bracket to linoleum. One of the biggest benefits of vinyl flooring is the sheer amount of options that you get design wise. It can be easily installed.
Vinyl can be highly durable and offer long-term warranties of up to 20 years. Also it is also very resistant to water and dirt, which means that it can be installed directly over other types of flooring. When it comes to cleaning, virtually no maintenance is required. Just sweep or mop on occasion.