Selecting the Right Flooring for Your Home
Now is the time when folks begin their home projects. With summer upon us, we want to take some time to focus on a popular project trend that we’re seeing…installation of new flooring. Out with the old and in with the new—it seems that more homeowners than ever are realizing the impact new flooring can make on the overall look of their home and also the practicality of the right material for the space! Here’s our guide to selecting the right flooring to make your home even more amazing!
The four most popular types of flooring right now are:
- Hardwood: Hardwood floors inevitably increase the value of your home while also providing practicality for your busy life and a sense of unmarked beauty. There’s a wide array of options when it comes to hardwood floors including but not limited to cherry, hickory, maple and oak — offering enough diversity to meet a variety of styles from contemporary to traditional. Hardwoods are also known for their longevity. Being that they can be (cost effectively) refinished when faded or scratched, this type of flooring has the potential to last you centuries. Homeowners can choose between solid or engineered hardwood allowing them to select the surface that best fits their budget.
- Tile: Tile floors are one of the most durable flooring options offering easy cleanup and the ability to withstand a fair share of wear and tear. The most popular types of tile are ceramic and porcelain. Both are manufactured by mixing clay and minerals, however, ceramic is just surface color while porcelain has color all the way through. Tile is affordable and offers homeowners a wide variety of style options to complement their personal style, including the now popular marble and plank tile that often serve as a practical substitute for real stone and wood.
- Travertine: This is a common pick among homeowners because of its durability and the variety of timeless textures available. Travertine is a natural stone and comes in many forms including tumbled, honed & filed, chiseled, and polished. Better yet, travertine is much harder to scratch and chip than traditional tile or hardwood. However, this natural stone requires a bit more upkeep than other types of flooring including properly cleaning it with stone cleaner and sealing it every few years.
- Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT): This type of tile is inspired by nature, designed for everyday living and has many unique designs that set it apart from other traditional flooring options. The designs range from highly realistic wood and stone, to metallic, mosaic and pebble designs. LVT is designed to last, water resistant and easy to clean, making it the perfect fit for homeowners with little ones on the go. What makes LVT even more intriguing is the way it is installed. With its state of the art loose lay design it’s easy to install, durable, quiet, dust free, hygienic and 100% recyclable.
We hope that this guide gave you a first-hand look into some of the most popular options when selecting new flooring for your home! Of course, the most important thing you can do is select a product that is not only practical but that you love! When replacing the floors in your home, it’s an investment that you’ll be enjoying for years to come!