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Time for a new floor?

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Popular Home Flooring Choices

Does your home need new floors? Before you rush out and order new wall-to-wall carpeting (you wouldn’t do that), take the time to explore all of your options. There aren’t really that many. Below are broadly your choices when it comes to broadloom, floorboards, or stone.

Hardwood

Hardwood floors are a preferred type of floor covering for homes due to their longevity and durability — especially engineered hardwood. However, hardwood floorings do require some work from time to time, so before you decide on hardwood floors for your home, you should know that they will need some maintenance to keep them looking great.

Usual upkeep includes:

  • Promptly wiping up spills to keep moisture from getting into the wood.
  • Protecting high-traffic areas with rugs to stop scratches.

If you are installing hardwood, choose your colour and type of wood wisely as hardwood can last a lifetime — you wouldn’t want to be stuck with something that is completely out of style in a few years! Though hardwood flooring is costly compared to the alternatives, it lasts much longer and homeowners will get some ROI when selling.

Carpet

A couple of generations ago, owners of homes with hardwood flooring were covering it with the latest invention – Wall-to-wall carpeting. Carpeting is still a great choice if you are searching for something that is soft and easy to take care of.

Carpet is also good for the following reasons:

  • Gives a soft look and feel to any room
  • Acts as noise buffer

The best spaces to use carpeting in are low traffic areas and bedrooms.

Floor tile

When I lived in Asia, white flooring tile was the thing every home had. Today in Canada (and presumably in Asia), you can get almost any shade or design of tile that you desire. It is a functional kind of floor covering that many individuals like in their residences. It is especially good in:

  • foyers,
  • kitchens
  • bathrooms.

Priced anywhere from $1 to $20 per square foot lets you stay on budget. Though a little noisy – especially compared to carpet, tile is really sturdy and immune to scrapes and scratches.

Laminate

Laminate is your newest option and an excellent choice since it can be made to appear like any sort of floor covering that you want. It is a much less expensive choice compared to most others flooring options on the market so if you are wanting the appearance of hardwood flooring but cannot find it within your budget, laminate is a good option. In terms of quality, it has really come a long way in the past decade too! It is very resilient to scratches but  does not have upkeep that hardwood requires. The only drawback is that it will certainly not last as long as your other flooring options.

The choice is yours

So there you have it. Your choices are few and many depending on your budget, your lifestyle and long or short range plans.




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