It doesn’t matter which room in your home you are going to remodel, flooring will always be a component. It’s important to take many factors into consideration when picking new flooring. Read on to learn more about the different types of flooring and which might best suit your lifestyle.
Flooring: Which One Should You Choose?
Picking a new floor can be a challenging task – after all, this will be the basis of any decoration in the room. That’s why we’ve described the most popular types of flooring, including the pros and cons of each.
Cork flooring is created from the bark of the cork oak and is considered a “green” renewable resource since the tree isn’t killed in the process. The bark is instead harvested, ground up, and pressed into sheets using resin.
Cork is popular for many reasons, including its nice natural soft surface which makes it easy to stand on for long periods of time, its insulating properties, its antimicrobial properties, the fact that it’s hypoallergenic, and because if installed properly, cork flooring is very easy to care for.
However, there are issues with cork flooding that you may want to take into consideration, such as:
- Cork is easily damaged – heavy furniture and pets can wreak havoc on cork flooring.
- Cork can fade when exposed to light.
- Cork must be water sealed.
If any of the above are concerning, cork may not be the right type of flooring for you.
When many people think of linoleum, they picture their grandparent’s homes and old 70’s patterns. But linoleum has evolved greatly over the years and is a good choice for many homeowners.
The pros of linoleum include:
- Linoleum compresses and bounces, which means that it is a comfortable floor to stand on.
- Easy to install – linoleum comes in glue down sheets or snap together tiles.
- Linoleum is water resistant.
- Great for wear and tear, making it appropriate for pets and children.
The cons of linoleum floors include:
- May stain easily.
- May be considered “cheap” driving down home value.
Who doesn’t love a gleaming hardwood floor? The benefits of hardwood are as follows:
- Very easy to maintain.
- Increases home value as many home buyers seek hardwood flooring.
- Can be sanded to change style and color.
As with all flooring, hardwood does have some cons:
- Hardwood needs to be refinished periodically.
- May sustain damage by water and damp areas.
Hardwood may be perfect for some areas of your home but not others.
There is nothing like plush, soft carpet underfoot. But this flooring isn’t perfect for everyone. Carpeting may be right for you because:
- Carpet reduces noise.
- It’s soft and easy to walk on.
- Carpet is thermal resistance which means it helps to warm a space.
- Carpet has a wide variety of styles and colors to fit any home.
You may want to avoid carpet because:
- Many carpets stain easily.
- Carpet can fade with light over time.
- Carpet holds scents and can become quite stinky if not cared for properly.
- Carpet holds dander and other allergens.
- Carpet does not have great longevity and may need to be replaced frequently over the time spent owning a home.
It’s always best to do your research when trying to decide on flooring, taking into account your traffic patterns and lifestyle.