Having a new home built or thinking about renovating your current one?
Here are some flooring options you can consider for the different parts of your home:
Laminates. These are great for those who have a very tight budget but want to have flooring that resembles wood, stone or even marble. These even come in interlocking panels that can easily be installed by DIY-ers over the weekend. Opt to purchase from companies that offer warranties; some even do offer them for up to 30 years.
Vinyl. Like laminates, vinyl is very affordable, easy to install, and mimics wood, stone or marble finishing. Vinyl is mold, water, and stain resistant which makes it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. They are not as durable as hardwood or tiles though so you may want to keep them in low traffic areas.
Hardwood. Best for living areas, classic hardwood can easily blend in whatever room you use it in. This is perhaps the most popular flooring in homes as it gives the home a very warm atmosphere. However, it is not recommended for use in the kitchen unless it is pre-treated with polyurethane sealing and resealed every five years. Also, avoid installing hardwood in areas where there is a lot of moisture.
Tiles. These are best for heavy traffic areas and can last forever if installed properly. They are water and stain resistant making them ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. There is also a wide selection of tile finishing, such as marble, ceramic, and porcelain, you can choose from to match any of the rooms in your home.
Stained or polished concrete. This is a new trend in interior design where concrete are stained and undergo special treatment to imitate the look of marble, tile or even hardwood. This is best for high traffic areas in homes and even for industrial places. Moreover, concrete is very easy to maintain making this type of flooring more and more popular.