A new floor is perhaps the most significant interior decor change you can make in your home. Of course, you need to be careful of your choice of flooring material. But, with so many good options available, it's almost impossible not to find an effective and affordable way to improve upon your home's old floors. All it takes is a little planning, budgeting, and scheduling.
Making The Right Choices:
To make the most beneficial flooring decisions, you need to decide what needs replacing or refurbishing in your home and then set priorities for these upgrades. For the best possible impact in your home's appearance, you may want to begin with a consistent "neutral territory" among all the common floors and halls connecting various rooms. Then you can change individual rooms in their order of priority, thereby delaying some costs, and avoiding extra moving and storing of furniture.
Before choosing your flooring, bear in mind the pros and cons of each surface. For example, the most expensive and hardest floors may be the most durable, but they can also be the most fatiguing to stand upon. On the other hand, the less expensive and softer surfaces may be more comfortable underfoot, but may be damaged more easily.
Common Types of Floors:
Carpet - Wall to wall broadloom is the quickest way to redo a room. To achieve the best possible results make sure you get good under-padding and experienced installers who have the proper installation equipment.
Vinyl - Durable and relatively easy to install and clean, vinyl surfaces are idea for high use, general purpose arrears that must endure frequent spills and scrubbing, such as kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and play rooms. Vinyl is available in traditional linoleum and cushioned sheeting.
Wood - Traditional wood is probably the most universally accepted form of flooring, due to the wide choice of species (raw or pre-finished) and their ability to be refurbished. If you currently have a worn or tired looking wood floor, consider sanding and refinishing, rather than replacing it. You could get a great looking floor at a considerably lower price.
Clay Tiles - Many versions of clay tiles are found in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements, including traditional European ceramics (thin, hard backed, with high gloss finish) and rustic Mexican tiles (usually thicker, softer, often unglazed). Look for color-coordinating mini-tile meshed sheets for your tub and shower areas, and various back-splash patters to complement your flooring choice. Tiles are more or less permanent, so be sure to hire a professional installer for results you can live with.
Stone, etc. - Interior designers are introducing many nre architectural treatments to residential situations, including slate, granite, limestone, marble, terrazzo - and even cork. To inquire about the latest flooring, check out the leading contemporary websites, magazines, showrooms and tradeshows.
New or refinished floors can make an enormous difference to the living experiences in your home, as well as value for potential resale. So, if you've been waiting to refurbish an existing floor or install a new one in your home, there's really no need to wait any longer. All you have to do is set aside a few days, hire a reliable contractor and move some furniture!