One of the most dramatic and lasting renovations you can make to your home is a major change in flooring. Before you make the big decision to rather permanently alter your floors, however, you should consider all of the options you have, and make an attempt to actually view the “look” of such changes, probably via images on the Internet. There are so many options these days, and you should consider all of them.
- Tile: There are some amazing choices for tile flooring these day, and many people are opting for tile flooring throughout their homes. Why? Because such flooring is easy to clean and maintain and because there are so many options for color, patterns, and even layouts. Traditionally, tile flooring (vinyl, ceramic, or porcelain) has been reserved for kitchens and baths, but now the huge variety has led to homeowners’ consideration of using it for every room in the home. Open floor plans lend themselves to tile, but even with traditional separate rooms, tile has become a popular alternative to carpet. Richly patterned and/or colored tile can create a stunning effect in a living or dining room, as well as in bedrooms, along with great area rugs to provide warmth.
- Combination tile and carpet: If you like the concept or tile and carpet combinations, consider this: Lay a beautiful ceramic or porcelain tile from the outside edges of a room to the center, and then lay permanent carpet on the center portion of the floor. You now have a permanent area rug that you can change in the future, should you choose to do so.
- Wood/laminate flooring: This has become one of the most popular flooring renovations in recent years. Why? Because it is so easy to install! It is also easy to maintain and most pet owners would be delighted to know that the floor can be spic and span in no time with the best vacuum cleaner for dust mite allergies. Floating solid wood or laminate coloring comes in every tone and color imaginable, and it is easy to create a warm and traditional or a modern, contemporary ‘look” with such great variety. In large, open spaces, moreover, areas rugs can break up the monotony of your flooring, and create the “feel” of a “homey” feel.
- Vinyl: This has been perhaps the biggest innovation in flooring in recent years. Typically, we always have thought of vinyl flooring as a cheap alternative to ceramic tile for kitchens and bathrooms. Such flooring came in sheets or 12” tiles that could be glued to a plywood base and create a nice, clean look – easy to clean and maintain! But vinyl always looked kind of “cheap” and homeowners did not want it in their living or bedroom space. All of this has changed! Patterns and improvements in quality have now made vinyl a high demand product for almost every room in the home. Wood grained vinyl planks can compete with any laminate; ceramic looking vinyl now competes with traditional ceramic and porcelain; in short, there is a revolution in vinyl that should be checked out by anyone looking to change his/her flooring!
- Carpet: There is something about sinking one’s bare feet into carpet that has not lost its appeal, even though newer flooring options are available. Newer fibers have presented consumers with a huge variety of options, and they should not be overlooked. In most homes, combinations of carpet and other flooring provide contrasts that are appealing and aesthetically pleasing. When you want warmth, carpet can provide it, so do not overlook the many options you have for texture.
Flooring solutions are, ultimately, highly personal and subjective decisions. Think about your needs – do you want ease of care; do you want a traditional or a more contemporary look in a specific room? These are the things you must think about before you make major decisions about new flooring!