When you build your dream home, you want to make sure that your home reflects your personality and tastes. You have the ability to personalize every aspect of your home. Building a home has several options. From paint to floor treatments, the options are endless. Choosing the type of flooring for your home is a big decision. You will have to live with your choices for a very long time. Choose the right type of flooring for every room in your house. When you are making your choices, consider durability, cosmetic appearance and how easy it is to clean. Weigh all of your options carefully before making a final decision.
Carpet is one of the most popular floor covering choices. Carpet allows for many more options than other types of floor treatments. From color and patterns to texture and depth, the possibilities for carpet are endless.
There are several styles of carpet. Cut pile carpet is popular for residential homes. Cut pile carpet is available in four groups. Textured carpet shows less wear and tear than the other styles of carpet that are available. Cable carpet is made from long pieces of yarn. This type of carpet is not recommended for high traffic areas. Frieze carpet is a good option for hiding everyday carpet marks such as footprints. Saxony carpet is a carpet that should only be used for areas that are not frequently used. This type of carpet wears out quickly. Loop pile carpet or Berber carpet, has a smooth look and feel to it. This is a popular option for high traffic areas.
Invest in a thick padding for your carpet. The padding is what gives your carpet a soft, plush feel to it. Also, thick padding protects your carpet from the floor. This makes it last a longer time. After you pick the type of carpet that is best for your needs, hire a professional carpet installer. Make sure that you choose a company that is experienced at minimizing seams in the carpet. Be certain to discuss all aspects of installing carpet with the company that you have chosen.
Your existing floor covering will have to be removed or your carpet will be installed on top of it. Ask the company if they include the price of removal in their cost. You have to remove all furniture and personal items from the room in which the carpet will be installed in. There are some carpet installation companies that will do this for you.
Carpet has several benefits. It is inexpensive and easy for a professional to install. You can choose between from a variety of options. Carpet has several shortcomings as well. It is one of the hardest types of floor covering to clean. Not all carpet is made the same. Nor can all types of carpet be cleaned the same way.
Carpet is not a good choice for rooms that have a lot of moistures in them such as bathrooms and laundry rooms. It is also not a good option for a room where food is going to be prepared or ate such as a kitchen or dining room. Carpet works best in bedrooms and living areas.
Wide-width wood planks were a common floor choice from the 1800s. The widths of the floors were between 5 to 8 inches wide. Today, it is common to have 2 to 3 inch wide floor planks. Wide-width wood planks give a home a traditional feel to it. Handscrape hardwood flooring was popular through the 1800s. The finish for this type of floor was done with draw knives. This type of hardwood flooring gives a home a historic look.
Distressed wood is a way to give a home a traditional, historic look without the additional cost. Distressed wood become popular in the early 1900s. Exotic hardwood floors can be made from exotic trees. Most popular are tigerwood, Brazilian cheery and teak. Each type of exotic wood gives a different feel and look. Exotic woods are hard to come by and can be very expensive. Many manufactures are trying to replicate the look of exotic wood to give their customers the look of exotic floors without the high cost.
Engineered wood floors come pre-finished. This type of wood flooring can be installed with complete ease. Engineered wood floors do not have the need to be sanded and refinished. It used to be that hardwood floors were always a shade of brown. Now, you can choose any type of color that suits your desires. Unfinished flooring can be stained in any color.
Bamboo flooring is good choice for people who want to be environmentally friendly. It is a great alternative to traditional tree wood. Bamboo is very durable and is resistant to moisture, fire and insects.
There are four common ways to install hardwood floors. They can be glued down, stapled down, nailed down and floating. A floating floor is not fastened to the subfloor. This type of installation is quick and easily accomplished. Engineered floors are commonly glued. A professional installer will use an adhesive to attach your hardwood floor to the subfloor. Solid wood strips and planks can only be nailed or stapled to subfloors. They do not have the option to be floating or glued down.
Hardwood floors can be expensive, depending on the type of wood you have chosen. The initial cost of the wood is usually worth it. You do not have to replace hardwood floors as often as other types of flooring. Although hardwood floors can be difficult to clean properly, it is not impossible. In the cases where cleaning is impossible, hardwood floors can be sanded down and refinished to their original quality. Hardwood flooring is a versatile choice that comes with many options.
Hardwood floors can be used in almost any room in your house. This type of flooring looks beautiful in a kitchen, living room or a bedroom. They are not recommended for rooms such as bathrooms due to the moisture.
In 1977, laminate flooring was invented by Pergo, a Swedish manufacture. In 1994, laminate flooring was introduced to the United States. Laminate flooring is made of mostly materials that are synthetic or a synthetic mixture. It comes in a large variety of colors, patterns and prints. There is a type of laminate flooring to match any style and budget.
This type of flooring does not require much upkeep as it does not need to be waxed or stained. It can be cleaned with a broom and a mop. It is one the most cost effective flooring options that are available today.
When you install laminate flooring, there are several ways from which you can choose. Glued laminate are the original style of this flooring. The glue is applied to the entire piece of flooring. Once it is dry, it is near impossible to take back apart. There are glueless options for laminate flooring. This is one of the most popular ways to install laminate flooring as there is no mess involved. Pre-glued flooring leaves no mess as well. This type as the glue already attached to the flooring pieces. It is easy for an individual who is not a professional to install this type of laminate flooring.
Laminate flooring is an extremely versatile type of flooring. This type can be used in any type of living area in your home. It is easily cleaned and it can go with any type of decorating scheme.
Vinyl Tile Flooring
Vinyl flooring is a plastic made up of layers. There are several different styles and designs with vinyl flooring. It is tough and resilient, making it a popular option for high traffic areas of the home. Cleaning vinyl floors is an easy task. There is no need to wax vinyl. It can be cleaned with common household supplies such as soap and water.
Vinyl tile flooring comes in as many different styles, textures, designs and colors as possible. It can be made to have the appearance of other types of flooring. Vinyl tiles can be made to look like wood, stone or marble. It is a durable option for frequently used areas. There are many types of styles of vinyl to fit any budget. This is a relatively inexpensive flooring option. As you look into the flooring options for vinyl, you will find there are many finish options available.
The wear layer is the last layer on vinyl. This layer is what protects the design layer from chipping, scratching and fading from time and use. You can choose to purchase flooring that is enhanced with aluminum oxide for extra scratching resistance. Choosing an enhanced wear layer will be more of a cost upfront but you will have to replace your vinyl flooring less times than you would without it.
Vinyl tile flooring can be used in virtually any room in your home. The decorative options are endless. Many people use their tile as a decorating focal point. Pick a style that matches your home’s décor for an elegant look.