Flooring should match the intent of your room. All flooring options come in a variety of colors and patterns to match your color scheme. Care should be taken to ensure flooring meets your requirements for décor, durability, cleanability, and function.
Carpet is common to most of our homes, and it allows color coordination of your walls, furniture, flooring, and accessories. Carpet allows other advantages, as it deadens sound and holds some warmth (a clear advantage when you step out of bed onto carpet in the morning). Carpet requires regular vacuuming and cleaning for it to maintain its color and achieve its full life. Failure to clean and maintain your carpet will result in earlier than expected replacement.
Hardwood floors are exactly what they sound like – floors made of wood. Maple and varieties of oak are typical choices in hardwood floors, but any variety of hard wood may be used. Selection of the type of wood is critical, as each has its own grain pattern and color. Hardwood floors are sealed to provide a shine that creates the “wet look” of the floor. A variety of products exist for proper cleaning and maintenance of the floor, allowing it to last the lifetime of your home. Regular cleanup is easy – just grab your broom. One hint for hardwood floors: look for long panels of wood in the floor. Long panels of wood show a high quality floor.
Laminate floors give the appearance of hard wood at a lower price. Laminate floors are especially popular when remodeling a home and the look of hardwood floors is desired. They are easily installed and assemble much like a puzzle. Laminate floors are extremely durable and very easy to clean and maintain.
Tile floors are very common in kitchens and bathrooms because they are easily to clean and handle water very well. Tile floors are available in ceramic, stone, and porcelain, variations in price and style with each. After installation these floors are sealed and very durable. Be careful with a tile floor, because if you drop a plate or drinking glass it is likely to shatter. Tile floors tend to be cooler, but heating elements may be added under your floor to keep your floor warm.
Area rugs are smaller pieces of carpeting that are added to rooms with hardwood, laminate, or tile floors for decorative purposes. They can warm up a room with color or be perfect for a hallway. No matter the purpose, area rugs come in a variety or shapes, colors, styles, and patterns to match your decorating needs.
Vinyl flooring is an economical way to cover your floor and decorate your room. Available in squares or rolls, it is held in place by adhesive and is easily installed. Vinyl squares come in geometric patterns, neutral patterns, tile patterns, and hardwood patterns. Vinyl floors work very well in areas that may contact water (kitchen, bathroom, and basement). They are durable, easy to clean and maintain, and able to be installed quickly in an afternoon.