7 Types of Flooring For Your New Home

7 Types of Flooring For Your New Home

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So you?ve gone ahead and purchased a new home ? congrats! While it?s everything you?ve dreamed of and more, there?s just one teeny-tiny problem ? you?re not a fan of the floors. Perhaps they?re looking worse for wear, outdated or not your style? Or, maybe it?s a combination of all three factors? Whatever your reason, it?s not an issue you can just sweep under the rug if you catch my drift.

Fortunately, this is one of the more affordable home renovations to consider. And with so many options out there these days, you?re bound to find the perfect flooring to suit your style and budget.

From plush carpet, you can sink your feet into, to sleek and sophisticated tile, to hardwood, here?s a roundup of 7 options and what you should know about each one.

1. Carpet

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With carpet, you can add a distinctive look to a family living area, guest bedroom, or home office at a reasonable price. To save money, consider splurging on a higher-quality carpeting for those rooms in your home with higher traffic, such as main living areas.

Those with young children and pets at home may want to find out about maintenance and cleaning for the carpet before installing. For example, carpeting with medium colour tones will hide most footprints and pet fur better than a plush white carpet.

And speaking of colours, always remember that darker shades will make your room feel smaller while light colours can have an opposite effect.

2. Laminate Flooring

Looking for a cost-efficient substitute for solid hardwood flooring? If so, laminate may be your best bet. Not only is it attractive and available in a wide range of styles, colours and textures, it can stand up to sharp pet claws, young children and high heels much better than engineered or solid hardwood flooring. Nowadays, it?s almost impossible to differentiate some laminate products out there from the real deal.

3. Solid Hardwood Flooring

These days, many homeowners are changing carpeted living rooms in favor of hardwood or laminate. It?s easy to see why ? hardwood flooring is an attractive alternative to carpeting. It?s durable, easy to clean and it can update the look of just about any home.

If you?re looking to install solid hardwood flooring, there?s no shortage of options to choose from. Just like there?s not one type of tree out in the woods, there are various species of hardwood ? each of which comes with its own unique characteristic.

And similar to stone or tile, it?s these unique characters that will add to your floor?s natural beauty. You can also option for a pre-finished hardwood floors ?- these come fully sanded and stained from highly efficient manufacturing plants. They?re also coated with a lasting UV-dried coating to create a lasting finish. Note: This is not something you can?t do yourself at home.

4. Engineered Hardwood

Made from layers of wood, bonded together with adhesives under intense heat and pressure, this flooring is relatively stable and versatile. It has the characteristics of the selected species of wood.

Engineered hardwood can be an eco-friendly option as manufacturers are able to get a greater yield from the particular species of wood used.

5. Tile

While Tile is most popular in places that are ?wet areas? such as kitchens and bathrooms, it can virtually be used in any room in your home for its esthetic appeal.

In fact, this form of flooring has been around for centuries ? dating all the way back to Roman Times. And when installed correctly, tile can last lifetime.

6. Sheet Vinyl

If you?re looking for something that?s pleasing to the eye and durable, sheet vinyl is just the ticket.

This type of flooring has also been around for decades and can be used in just about any room in your new abode.

And for those who love the look of hardwood but not the hefty price tag that comes along with it, there?s vinyl plank flooring or Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) ? a type of vinyl that looks just like real wood. Or, if you love the look of tile but it?s not in your price range, there?s even Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT).

7. Area Rugs

Not only can they take a room from bland to beautiful, area rugs also provide comfort and warmth. And with open concepts being all the rage, they?re a great way to differentiate one room from the next.

And there you have it, seven flooring options to consider for your home-sweet-home. When deciding on which to go with, don?t let trends sway you. Instead, choose one that reflects your lifestyle, budget and personal taste. Also, make sure to consider the pros and cons of each before making your final decision.