When those old carpets are starting to look worn and you decide it’s time to replace your flooring, there are three main flooring types to consider, as well as a few other possible options. The right one for you depends on your lifestyle and how you use the rooms in your home.
Carpet is usually the most affordable flooring for any home. It comes in an endless array of colors and types, and is relatively easy to install. Carpet is, of course, prone to stains, which is a consideration if you have kids or pets in the home. Keeping carpets really clean requires regular shampooing or steam cleaning, which can add up over time. Carpet provides warmth on bare feet and is soft and comfortable to walk on.
Wood And Laminate
Wood flooring is one of the oldest types of flooring and can be very beautiful. Some wood floors are made of soft woods, however, and they do scratch easily. If you have a pet with claws or kids who want to drive their toy cars around, you may find the flooring is damaged easily. Hardwood floors can be refinished, but it can be expensive.
Laminate flooring, which goes by name brands such as Pergo, is more affordable then wood in most cases, and is a little more durable. The higher end versions can actually resemble wood. It is less prone to scratching, but can’t be refinished the way wood floors can if it is damaged. It comes in a variety of styles and colors.
Bamboo has become a popular choice in recent years because it is sustainable and earth friendly. It is a beautiful choice for flooring and more affordable than other woods. It’s important to note, however, that it is soft and does scratch easily.
Tile is a flooring option that is often seen in warmer climates. Some people find it hard to stand on tile for extended periods, but it can help keep the home cool in hot weather. Tile can make a real statement in your home, but the grout can be a bit hard to keep clean.
Whatever flooring you choose, consider how it will work with your lifestyle and your family, as well as what look you are seeking for your home. Of course, budget will also be an important consideration. No matter what you choose, look for quality flooring that will last.
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