Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Top 5 Flooring Choices

Replacing the flooring througout your home is a great example of a small project that can really revamp a space, not only structurally but also aesthetically. This home renovation project can be done DIY or professionally installed, whatever your budget allows.

When it comes to flooring, the choices are endless. There’s hardwood flooring, ceramic tile, bamboo, laminates, linoleum, marble, carpet, vinyl, rubber and cork. Whew! That’s a lot of choices. Of all these choices, these 5 are the most durable and popular:

Hardwood floors are naturally beautiful. The durability of a solid wood floor can make them last for centuries. Solid wood floors can produce a lifetime of beauty and add value to the home. Wood flooring comes in: Maple, Pecan, Beech, Cherry, Oak, Pine, Birch, Walnut, Hickory and more.

Ceramic Tile
The kitchen, bathroom, mudroom, and outdoor spaces are great for ceramic tile flooring, as it is durable and waterproof. Tiles come in a variety of colors, textures and finishes. An unglazed finished tile is a better option for outdoor spaces or showers, since it’s anti-slip.

Bamboo is a newer option in the flooring world. It’s also a more eco-conscientious choice since bamboo is actually a grass, which is easy and quick to grow. Improvement Web says, “The natural variations in colors that is unique to bamboo come from carbonization, they are typically honey brown or light tan in color.”
Laminate flooring has become a more popular choice as a flooring option. It’s reputation for easy installation and upkeep are it’s main attractions. Laminate floors are resistant to scratches, burns, and are excellent for high traffic areas. It’s manufactured in different wood grains and colors similar to hardwood.
Cork is a naturally harvested product from trees in Portugal and Spain. It’s an economical option because it is harvested every 9 years. If you have ever seen a cork from a bottle of wine, you know that it absorbs color very easily. The flooring can be personalized easily to your home decor, it comes in many sizes and thicknesses as well.

Whether you're thinking about remodeling a kitchen, bathroom, or another living space, flooring is definitely an important decision to make when choosing new materials. If you're not up for an entire room remodel, remember that tackling the flooring alone can make a big impact in any space!

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