Flooring Face Off: Which Material Is Right For You?
One of the most important decisions you can make when improving your home’s interior is the floor covering. The material you have underfoot can change the feeling and function of a room entirely. It will also determine some of the requirements for installation and future maintenance. Some flooring options lend themselves to certain homeowner priorities. For example, some materials present a cost-effective solution for the next five years while others are more of an investment in your home that you can plan to enjoy for decades. Therefore, before you make a selection, it’s a great idea to research the options and understand which floorings will be better suited for your lifestyle and your budget.
Here are today’s most popular flooring materials:
Hardwood floors are a longstanding homeowner favorite, and there is no questioning the reason why. Hardwood is easily one of the most beautiful flooring materials you can buy, bringing a rich, warm look to your home. There are many varieties of wood to choose from, and they can be customized with a rainbow of finishes to compliment any style of home decor. For an added personal touch, you can also choose wood that has been distressed or reclaimed. With all of these possibilities, you can understand why we guarantee there’s a hardwood floor out there that will delight the interior designer in every homeowner.
Hardwood floors do have their drawbacks, however. The initial cost can be significant, and it’s imperative to keep moisture and spills to a minimum. On the other hand, they are a cinch to clean— all you’d need is a dust mop. Hardwoods are susceptible to scratches and dents, which life underfoot will surely cause them, but luckily they can be sanded and refinished to bring back their gorgeous, like-new condition.
Hardwoods are best suited for living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens and hallways, reserving the hardest wood species for high-traffic areas.
Carpeting is known for its softness, warmth, and comfort. It’s also a favorite among families because it can help to keep household noises down. Carpet is easy to install, but may require a bit more maintenance than other flooring options— although new stain resistant varieties can make keeping your carpet clean a lot easier than it used to be. The Manufacturers recommend having carpets professionally cleaned every 18-24 months to keep them soft, sanitary and looking like new. Being thoughtful in the selection of padding will also make a difference in the life of the carpet.
There is a wide style selection and price range in carpeting that will satisfy most tastes and budgets. Our suppliers offer carpeting in wool, polyester, olefin and nylon fibers, which each provide varying degrees of stain and wear resistance, cleanability and resilience. We also offer several carpet style options, including cut-piles, berbers, berber fleck and frieze.
Carpeting is a perfect choice for living rooms and bedrooms.
Ceramic tile flooring comes in a virtually endless array of styles, colors and textures to choose from. No matter what look you decide on, you can count on ceramic tile to provide a durable, easy-to-clean flooring surface, making it perfectly suited for high-traffic, moisture-prone areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways. The tiles can chip and scratch with heavy use, but unlike other flooring systems, individual tiles can be replaced rather than the entire floor. Ceramic tile is relatively difficult to install so you would be wise to hire a professional installer.
The upfront cost of tile may be higher than other flooring materials, but market changes have brought prices down a bit. When you truly compare costs, this is an instance where the long life of the material changes everything. Because you will likely never have to replace the entire floor and because it is so easy to care for, ceramic tile is actually one of the least expensive flooring options in the long run. Investment in flooring materials like this can also improve the value of your home.
Laminate has become a very popular flooring material due to its affordability, ease of installation, and outstanding durability. Also often referred to as “Pergo,” laminate products can imitate hardwood, ceramic and stone tile while costing a fraction of the price. And, you won’t find a floor more apt to take the beatings provided by children and pets. Laminate flooring won’t scratch, dent or lose color, and it’s a breeze to clean with a damp mop or vacuum. With the development of snap together installation, laminate flooring has become one of the most DIY-friendly products out there.
Laminate is a great choice for kitchens, “mudrooms” and and family areas.
Vinyl flooring may have a reputation for low-quality, but times—and vinyl—have changed, giving it a well-deserved revival within homes and commercial buildings. Similar to laminate, new vinyl flooring products can mimic the look of more expensive materials for a lot less, and provide remarkable durability, especially when considering the Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) products Carpet USA has to offer. We are confident that within our vast collection of LVT products, there’s a floor covering perfect for any home or office. It’s also easy enough for even a novice handyman to install.
Vinyl flooring is appropriate for just about any commercial or residential space.
Do you have flooring material questions? We’ve got answers! Contact Carpet USA today for more info and advice. We’d love to hear from you!