With very few houses on the market, homeowners are opting to renovate a room or two to freshen up what they have.
Paint, window treatments, rugs, furniture; don’t forget the floor. There is a wide variety of flooring choices these days. Here are a few to consider:
Wood floors are popular. Wood flooring not only comes in great choices like pine and walnut but you can also get engineered wood, laminate and more.
The variety of wood finishes and colors provide even more choices. Wood floors can be stained, lacquered or painted.
Upkeep is easy as long as you use products for cleaning that your flooring store recommends. Certain finishes have specific needs so before buying that wax or cleaner, make sure it is compatible to your type of floor.
Soft wood doesn’t maintain the new look for long in a house with a dog or in rooms with high traffic. Hard wood holds up better. While your wood floor can be a “forever” choice, area rugs can be changed often to perk up the decor in a room and protect the wood floor in heavily traveled areas.
Tile floors seem to be self-explanatory but think again.
There are ceramic tile floors, teracotta tile floors, marble tiles, textured tiles, high gloss, matte and now porcelain tiles that look like wood planks. These can look so close to wood you might be fooled when you walk into a house with these porcelain tiles on the floor.
Tile comes in a variety of finishes and sizes, can be laid horizontal or diagonal to the lines in the room and can be set in designs.
Tile floors are great in rentals, coastal homes and high-traffic areas because they are low maintenance. Tile is also recommended for rooms with water features, like laundry rooms and bathrooms. Some builders, insurance companies and code inspectors do not like wood floors in these rooms because wood can damage easily from water, but always check first because you may be able to get the wood floors into your kitchen if you’d like.
An expanse of tile floors over a concrete slab can keep your home a little cooler in the summer. But in the winter (depending on where you live), you may feel a chill so consider an area rug for the season, or wear socks.
VINYL PLANK FLOORS
Vinyl is a great choice for rental property. Today’s vinyl isn’t like your mom’s 1970’s kitchen vinyl; it’s better and comes in sheets, planks that snap together, peel-and-stick tiles, and vinyl tiles that you can grout. There are some great prints designs, wood grain looks and solids.
This flooring choice is easy to clean, said to be water and stain proof, and can last a long time. Set properly in a large room you won’t see the seams if you have vinyl sheets, and a wood grain vinyl looks fantastic.
Carpet gets a bad rap sometimes because the wood look is currently trending and highly sought out. But carpet, the wall-to-wall kind, is a great option.
Put it in small rooms and ones that don’t get much traffic: bedrooms, music rooms and home offices. Carpet provides a warm spot to put your feet when you step out of bed each morning. Used in a noisy area, carpeting can absorb some sound rather than allowing all of the noise to bounce around the uncovered floors, walls and windows.
Carpeting can look attractive but needs more care than other types of flooring. Regular vacuuming and steam cleaning can be time consuming and costly. It might be easier to wipe up a spill from a wood or vinyl floor than from a carpeted floor, but, it is still a great option and many homeowners and buyers still like carpet.
Area rugs are great to use over all types of floors. They add a splash of color to a dull room. Rugs provide warmth under foot and a soft spot on the floor to sit. Be sure to add a rug pad if you place it directly over wood because, in some cases, fibers or the underfinish of a rug can react with the finish on your wood floors. You can also place an area rug over a wall-to-wall carpet. What?? Yes, layering rugs is a trend and looks fantastic.
Whether you are staying in your home or buying a new one, flooring is an important consideration. What type of flooring is your favorite?