Remodeling your home can be a wonderful thing, an important part of your home is the flooring that you will be stepping on all day long. You will want to choose something that will feel good on your feet, look appealing to the eye, and provide you the best return on your investment should you decide to sell your home at a later date. We have gathered together a list of things to help you choose what floor is right for your home, then when you are ready to begin your remodel head over to our appointment page to request an appointment with one of our professional design team members today!
The cost of your new floor will depend greatly on what type of floor you choose to go with, the best place to start is by setting a budget so that you know how much you want to spend, once a budget is in place you can then begin working with one of our design team members who will help bring your ideas to life.
This will depend on the size of your home and the type of flooring you will choose.
There are many different types of options when it comes to laying down your new floor. We have gathered a list of the types you have below with information and pictures of each type.
This type of floor is made of wood planks joined together from a single piece of timber, it has a thicket wear surface which can be sanded and refinished several times. This type of flooring was originally used as structural supports for a home when installed perpendicular to support beams, however most hosts now have a concrete base. It is common for homes which have basements to use hardwood flooring.
Since you can sand down the floor you are able to change the color of the floor anytime you get bored with the current color without having to replace everything. You can generally drop heavy items on this type of floor without risk of damage.
When maintaining the beauty of your brand new floor be sure to never use water, if you do end up spilling water on the floor make sure to wipe it up right away. When mopping make sure that you use a dry damp mop rather than a mop soaked in liquid, do this to prevent the excess water from getting in between the seams and ruining your new floor.
Two or more pieces of wood combined together to form a plank, this type of flooring can be installed over all types of subfloors regardless of grade, it is also globally considered the most common type of wood flooring in use today.
The resale value is the same as if you were installing 3/4 Inch Hardwood flooring if you should decide to sell your home. It is engineered in a few different ways by either sawing or slicing the top layer of the flooring from a log thus providing a natural look, or doing a rotary cut which the wear layer is peeled from the log providing a wilder grain look.
Just like any wood floor, water must be removed quickly and not be allowed to set, this can cause stains or swelling/warping in the wood which could lead to a costly repair or replacement job. Use an area rug to help protect your high-traffic areas, this can greatly reduce issues to your flooring.
This type of flooring is created by fusing several pieces of wood by-product together then applying a photographic layer to the top of the wood which would simulate stone or wood under a clear protective layer.
It is much cheaper, and more durable than hardwood flooring due to how the floor is manufactured. The downside however to using laminate over hardwood is that repairing it can be a bit of a nightmare when attempting to match the colors to your existing floor, it cannot be sanded down and re-stained.
Keep laminate wood flooring dry as any water sitting on the floor can cause the flooring to swell or warp, some flooring brands help protect against this with a water-resistant coating. Make sure to sweep the flooring often to ensure there is no dust, dirt or sand particles as this will over time scratch off the surface of the flooring.
An attractive flooring made from the bamboo plant which is actually a grass. This type of flooring is very similar to hardwood, it is an eco-friendly material which is resistant to insects and moisture.
Bamboo is natural and eco-friendly and is a highly renewable resource, it is also more water resistant than hardwood however it is still advised not to let water stand on this flooring as it can ruin it. The pricing of this type of flooring is pretty low ranging from $2.00 per square foot to about $8.00 per square foot making it a cost effective solution.
When mopping be sure to use a dust mop to remove grime and dust. Avoid wet mops, however if you are unable to then make sure to wring the mop out very well to prevent any standing water. Use only approved hardwood cleaning materials to ensure that you are not damaging the floor with chemicals not authorized to be used on wood. Avoid detergents that include any kind of waxing agent as this will dull the color of your floors and leave behind a glaze.
This is a type of tile that is created by mixing clay and other materials, they are then fired in a kiln and coated with a durable glaze. These can be used in applications such as floor and wall tiling and are generally softer which makes it easier to cut then porcelain tiles.
With the durability that comes with this type of tile you can expect a longer life compared to other types of flooring, the tile is fire resistant so you will not have to worry about toxic fumes coming from the tile. You will also have the added benefits of a slip-resistant surface as the tiles are treated with either an abrasive grit added to the glaze or a texture to the surface of the tile.
Sweeping or vacuuming will help remove dirt and dust to prevent build up from embedding in the tile or grout. It is suggested that you use a manufacturer suggested cleaning solution to help enhance your tile’s gloss, shine or color. If you have children or pets and do not wish to have chemicals surrounding your floors you can use a mixture of white vinegar and a gallon of water.
This type of tile is creating by pressing dust from porcelain clays together resulting in a denser, much smoother tile. These types of tiles tend to absorb much less water thus making them much more frost resistant and better for outside use.
When adding glazing to the process the tile becomes harder are more resistant to damage thus being suitable for low to high traffic areas. You have a few different options ranging from matte, unglazed or even high polished.
You will want to invest in some porcelain tile cleaner or add 1/4 cup of vinegar to about 2 gallons of hot water, additionally you can use products such as Mr. Clean or Fantastik to keep your floors clean.
This type of tile flooring is made by cutting giant blocks of stone from a quarry using a diamond studded bit. Once the stone is cut it is then taken to a processing plant to be turned into slabs at which point it will receive polishing to clean it up, it is then moved to another processing area to be turned into the size tiles required for the order, all done with diamond edge saws.
They have a distinct and uniquely natural look which will carry on for many years to come, they are extremely durable and can be polished easily if scratched.
Stone will stain easily therefore it needs to be sealed with a proprietary sealant, this process is generally done at the manufacturer. You can use all-purpose floor cleaner in warm water to clean your tiles, ensure that you do not use anything acidic as this will eat away at the stone.
Vinyl is an affordable and resilient alternative to some types of flooring that we offer, it is made from a plastic material generally recycled and provides a long life span. This material is also extremely environmentally friendly as it is made from common salt which is a renewable and natural substance, only 43% of crude oil is used in making this type of tile making it more nature friendly.
It is very durable and can withstand high traffic areas, it feels great under your foot and is noise friendly. Installation is easy, sizes generally come in 6 or 12 foot wide sheets for easy placement.
Make sure to keep dirt and dust free of the floor as it is possible to grind in and thus destroying your vinyl over time. You can use a damp mop or sponge with a vinyl floor cleaning mixture.
This type of flooring is generally made from wool, nylon, polypropylene, or polyester.
Carpets are soft under your feet. Should you, or someone else fall you will not be as easily injured as you would on a harder flooring surface. Carpets provide natural noise reduction, this is good if you have animals that run around the home often. When properly cleaned and maintained, carpets will last many years.
Cleaning is as simple as vacuuming, however if you have stains it is advised to steam clean your carpets to remove the stains.