Ready to tear out the floor, you can’t stand; replacing it with a new, fresh, beautiful floor? It’s exciting – isn’t it? But, before you take the plunge, consider a few items, such as:
How long will my new floor last?
Will this room get lots of traffic?
And, if so, will it stand up to my pets and family?
Plus, will I loose my mind, trying to keep it clean?
These are all good questions. But, there’s a few other items to consider. 7 little known facts could change your flooring choices.
Dents, Dings & Scratches. Are you installing flooring in a new kitchen or other high traffic area? If so, guess what? Realistically, you’re facing dents, dings and scratches. The floor you select, needs to stand up to wear and tear. Ceramic tile is a durable choice for your kitchen – and other high traffic areas. This material also does well in basements and laundry rooms (which are a haven for damp, wet items).
Structural movements and your floors. If your house is old, it’s possible it’s moved a bit. And, if you’re installing over an existing floor – some materials will crack. But, how do you solve the problem? Either select a material not prone to cracking (stay away from tile). Or, replace your sub floor.
High traffic areas beg for wood flooring. Why? Because it stands up to wear and tear nicely. Plus, you can sand it down and refinish it in the future – giving it a facelift. But, here’s something else to consider. If you install wood flooring in your kitchen – make sure a protective finish in applied (like polyurethane). The kitchen is a high moisture area. And, this finish will protect it.
Humidity and your flooring. Are you installing new floors in a basement or other damp place? Guess what? Humidity is a primary concern. Wood flooring isn’t the best choice for these areas. But, if you must have wood flooring, select a wood laminate material, which resists expansion, better than solid wood. Ideally, you’d want a ceramic or tile surface.
Flooring and sound. Do echoes drive you crazy? If so, wood flooring, or ceramic tile isn’t the best choice. Instead, go with carpet. It provides a nice sound barrier.
Trapping heat. The floor your select has an affect on how cold (or warm) a room feels. So, think about where the new flooring will reside. For example, are you flooring a room over your garage? If so, you’ll want to go with carpet, which offers extra insulation; trapping heat during the winter, and cold air during the summer months. Also, don’t forget about the pad underneath your carpet. This makes a difference, too.
Flooring life. Before you select new flooring…think about life expectancy. Inexpensive carpet lasts anywhere from 1 to 5 years. A medium carpet lasts up to 15 years – and a high-end carpet can last up to 25 years. So, consider the long-term cost. Glazed tile lasts 50 years or longer. And, hard wood flooring can last 100 years or more, with proper care and re-finishing!
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