There are many beautiful new flooring selections to consider as you plan a home project today. You can choose laminate flooring, hardwood, tiles or carpets–you can’t go wrong! It’s important to select the type of flooring that it is right for your lifestyle and home or office. Here are some options to consider:
Hardwood flooring is easy on your feet and good for allergy sufferers. However, they do require a lot of maintenance. Remember there isn’t any scratch proof hardwood floor, only scratch resistant. Dirt or gravel can damage the finish. They are also susceptible to water damage. The most common types of wood floors are oak and cherry, but you can also find flooring made from chestnut, walnut, mahogany, pine, and even some exotic woods from around the world.
Stone is luxurious and durable. There is a reason it has been used for thousands of years.
Bamboo flooring is a highly sustainable product, due to its rapid growth cycle. It has the same design versatility as hardwood—and is suitable for both traditional and modern interiors. When it is manufactured properly it can be harder than oak.
Cork flooring is rich with an organic look and a soft and comfortable feel underfoot. It has great sound absorbing and insulating properties and is also non-allergenic. Cork is also a softer type of flooring and should be installed in low traffic areas.
Vinyl is affordable. It is incredibly versatile and can mimic tile, stone or wood floors. It is very low maintenance, water and stain resistant, and easy to install. However, it can easily be cut or tear, and the seams may lift if not installed properly. It is also not the most popular flooring choice and may not be a hot-selling point when it’s time to sell your home.
Carpet is soft underfoot. It makes rooms feel cozy, warm and quiet. Carpeting comes in a wide range of colors, patterns and textures. It can be made from nylon, polyester, olefin, wool, silk, rayon, cotton and acrylic. Be sure to choose stain resistant fibers!
Laminate flooring is affordable and has low maintenance characteristics. It’s scratch resistant as well.
Tile is versatile. It comes in a wide variety of sizes, styles, colors, patterns and textures. It is both water and stain resistant when it is glazed. Tile comes in both ceramic and porcelain. If you are using tile outdoors, select porcelain as ceramic will not withstand the elements.
No matter which type of flooring you choose, proper installation is crucial to the lifespan of your floors. The experts at Image Home Improvement will make sure whichever type you choose will give you many years of enjoyment.