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Assessing Flooring Design Choices for Your Residence

May 20th, 2011

While constructing a new home or working on a house remodel, the flooring and carpeting designs are vital to making the project successful. Choosing the right flooring design can give a home greater resale value, as well as allowing the homeowner to enjoy the home much more while living there. Below are some residential flooring choices for your place and the benefits each one offers:

Hardwood Flooring

Genuine hardwood flooring is a great choice for any home. It adds warmth, natural beauty and richness to any room in your home. The wood species choices and the flooring design options are unlimited. If maintained properly, hardwood flooring is recognized for it’s durability and longevity. For this reason, they are high quality, yet affordable flooring choice for any room.

Ceramic Tile Flooring

Ceramic tiles are a very good flooring design option for kitchens and bathrooms. It is very durable and easy to maintain. In fact, ceramic is so durable it can even be used outside on a patio or in a swimming pool area. Like hardwood flooring, ceramic comes in virtually unlimited colors and patterns, so it can be made to fit any style.

Natural Stone Tile Flooring

Natural stone tile is among the best quality and most luxurious residential flooring design options. There are types of stone to choose from; including marble, travertine and slate. The natural beauty of these stones adds life to any room in the house. Some things to keep in mind about natural stone is that it’s porous and need regular maintenance and it also costs a little more than most other kinds of flooring. You may not want this in a room that will have lots of foot traffic or is susceptible to stains and spills.

Carpeting

Carpeting is an affordable flooring option that will work well in almost any room in the house. Carpeting design options are only limited by the imagination of the individual. Carpeting works especially well in cooler climates to add warmth to a room during the middle of the winter. If you are in a northern climate and have a below ground basement, you may want to consider a carpeted floor to warm it up.

Laminate/Vinyl Flooring

For those on a tighter budget, a laminate or vinyl flooring option might be a good choice. Laminate and vinyl are durable and can last a long time. They also do a good job of imitating the look and feel of a real hardwood or natural stone floor. They can accommodate lots of foot traffic from children and pets without wearing down too quickly. The main drawback of course is that these are imitations and will not give your home the same value as a genuine hardwood or natural stone tile floor. Still, for many families, these floors are a good choice.

Flooring Installation

Installing your new floor can be a very difficult ‘do it yourself’ job. Many times a faulty installation job can cost more in the long run because of untimely damage to the materials due to factors like leakage that could have been prevented with a proper installation. Unless you or someone you know has a lot of experience in this area, it may be best to use professional flooring contractors that can make sure your new floor is installed correctly the first time.

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