A Guide to Flooring Materials for Your Home

 


Article by: Timothy K. Clark

Whether you plan , Creating Your Joyful Home: Inspiration to Make a Home ning Journal to install new flooring , Bamboo -A New Trend in one room , Lighting up Your Life or all throughout your home, , Building An Outside Deck there are many floor , Bad News Critters - Beware of Animals in Crawl Spaces materials to choose from out there and they can really make an impact. Today, there is a myriad of new hardwoods and even some old favorites are making a comeback (yes, you guessed it: linoleum has been on the radar the past few years!) No matter your budget, there are quite a few choices in flooring , Bad News Critters - Beware of Animals in Crawl Spaces material that will make a dramatic difference to any room. , British Petroleum Solar Products Manufacturer

Your first consideration when picking out a flooring , Doors To Glass In A Porch material is that you'd better really like it. Flooring , Bamboo -A New Trend can last quite a long time (with some carpeting and cheaper vinyl products , How To Choose A Dishwasher being exceptions), in the cases of hardwood floors , Building An Outside Deck - 50 to 100 years. If you pick out the latest trend or latest fashionable color, , British Petroleum Solar Products Manufacturer it could become dated in a short period of time. It doesn't mean you shouldn't make a bold statement with your floors, , How To Choose A Dishwasher but don't always jump at the first color , Grandfather Clocks - A Brief History or pattern. Think it over for some time, ask friends and family for opinions, and compare it to your existing color , Kitchen Remodeling Checklist: Are Your Prepared? palette in each room. , Construction Equipment – Are You Qualified To Rent?

The next consideration is wear and tear. When installing new flooring, , How To Choose A Dishwasher think about what kind of a beating these floors , Never Rely on Your Plumbing Expectations will be taking. Is the flooring , Why Laminate is the Perfect Choice for Families in a "wet" area, like a main or side entrance, a bathroom, , Bamboo Flooring-A New Trend or a kitchen , Log Home Mistakes Ebook Review where there is the potential for a lot of moisture? Water , Lighting up Your Life can do a lot of damage to a wood. , Creating Your Joyful Home: Inspiration to Make a Home Planning Journal If you're putting new flooring , Solar Shingles in a family or living area, will it be comfortable? Ceramic tile , Reasons For Purchasing Air Purifiers can be quite cold , Safer Bathrooms For Your Children during those long winter , Lighting up Your Life months. Natural , Ten tips to ensure that you choose the right carpet for your home or office. stone can handle a lot of traffic in a kitchen, , Imported Tools vs. "Brand Name" - Are They As Good? but it can be hard to stand on for long periods.

Finally, consider what your budget can stand and take into account the overall value of your house. , The Perfect Ceramic Tile: A Guide You might want to install marble throughout your house , Home Air Filters: Knowing Which One to Choose - but if you can't afford it, well"¦ you can't afford it. Stay within your budget and you won't need a second mortgage to replace or install your flooring. , Deterring Birds From Your Home Also, if your home , Planning your Bathroom Tile Design, Pattern & Installation is in the low to medium value range, it might not be a great idea to install an expensive flooring , Choosing a Feng Shui Consultant: 8 Tips Help You Select the Right One for You material. An incredibly luxurious floor , How to Clean Mattress Stains in a below-average home , Never Rely on Your Plumbing Expectations can really expose all the other weaknesses around it. And when it comes time to sell, it will be hard to recoup the investment if the floor , Bay Window Treatments is in perfect shape and the rest of the house , How to Substantially Cut Your Energy Bills is not up to par.

So, what are the latest flooring , Old Cabinets Look New! materials for your home , A Few Simple Facts About Gas And Electric Heating Systems today? Hardwood floors , Old Cabinets Look New! are still at the top of everybody's "wish list." Naturally. But there are a host of materials currently rising in popularity across the country, including: stone, , Building An Outside Deck concrete, , Imported Tools vs. "Brand Name" - Are They As Good? laminate, , Air Ventilation For Protecting Against Leaky Basements vinyl, tiles, , Air Ventilation For Protecting Against Leaky Basements and - yes! - Linoleum is coming on strong. And don't leave carpet , Types Of Heater out of the equation.

Carpet , House Floor Plans has fallen out of favor over the last twenty years. But many are still taking advantage of the new carpeting patterns, colors, , Top-notch ways to learn more about loft and bunk beds plus more. and styles that are available today. Gone is the boring beige carpet , Real Estate: Points for Purchasers found in nearly every apartment, , Construction Equipment – Are You Qualified To Rent? condominium, , Air Ventilation For Protecting Against Leaky Basements and model home , Quick and Easy Autumn Decorating Ideas across America. It's being replaced by stain-resistant carpeting with high quality padding and great designs. , 5 Ways to Decide if a Bathroom Remodel Makes Sense To recap some of the major carpeting styles, you can choose from Saxony, Berber, textured, velvet, frieze and sculptured. Saxony is the plush style that shows the footprints and vacuum marks. Frieze is the durable style that resists footprints and the short pile can really highlight the colors , Information About Toilet Bowl Mops And Toilet Bowl Brushes and textures in the carpet. , Bathroom That Reflects Your Life Style The name Berber seems to be everywhere these days. Berber is usually made of non-allergenic wool with flecked colors, , Bamboo Flooring-A New Trend usually with short thick loops that make it easy to clean. It's great for high traffic areas.

ADVANTAGES OF CARPET
- Great insulating capabilities; energy , Kitchen Remodeling Checklist: Are Your Prepared? savings
- Soundproofing
- Excellent selection of colors, , Rainscreen Technology textures, styles, & designs
- Very comfortable to walk on

DISADVANTAGES OF CARPET
- Carpeting can hold onto odors, allergens, stains, and bacteria
- High maintenance
- Not as durable as other materials

Hardwood floors , Types Of Heater are probably the most popular and most requested flooring , A Few Simple Facts About Gas And Electric Heating Systems option these days. There are a huge variety of natural , Old Cabinets Look New! woods with oak, pine, birch and maple still at the head of the pack. But these days, people are branching out (sorry, couldn't resist!) to new types of wood, , The Perfect Ceramic Tile: A Guide including mahogany, bamboo, , Lighting up Your Life cherry, pecan, hickory, Brazilian walnut, and more. Why is hardwood so popular? It most likely starts with the durability of wood. , Different Types of Water Filters Hardwood flooring , Bad News Critters - Beware of Animals in Crawl Spaces should last the lifetime of the house , Types Of Heater (and in some cases, outlive it.) It's also very easy to maintain. Even after years of wear, the surfaces can be easily refinished to remove stains, grooves, and cuts. Properly installed, hardwood floors , Different Types of Water Filters can not only add to the beauty of a home, , Old Cabinets Look New! but also to the overall value.

ADVANTAGES OF HARDWOOD
- Easily cleaned
- Timeless beauty; works with nearly every design , Information About Toilet Bowl Mops And Toilet Bowl Brushes style
- Due to popularity, it's a great investment
- Promote healthy , The Perfect Ceramic Tile: A Guide indoor air , Quick and Easy Autumn Decorating Ideas quality

DISADVANTAGES OF HARDWOOD
- Easily stained; easy to scratch
- Water is the enemy of wood; can warp or shift and even rot, if ignored
- Expensive to install; pricing of material varies, but can cost a lot

Laminate , Building An Outside Deck flooring , Reasons For Purchasing Air Purifiers has been gaining in popularity because of an increase in the technology that makes it look exactly like hardwood, stone, , Top-notch ways to learn more about loft and bunk beds plus more. or tile floors. , Building An Outside Deck It's actually a man-made material that comes in either boards or tiles. , Creating Your Joyful Home: Inspiration to Make a Home Planning Journal It can be installed anywhere and it's very easy to maintain. Of all the flooring , Bamboo -A New Trend materials, it's probably easiest to clean.

ADVANTAGES OF LAMINATE
- Durable
- Easily maintained
- Stain and fade resistant
- Variety of styles, designs , Doors To Glass In A Porch (look like wood, , Rainscreen Technology stone, , Little Giant Ladders A Guide to Choosing the Best Model or ceramic tiles)
- Easy and inexpensive; should be fairly cheap to install

DISADVANTAGES OF LAMINATE
- Can be noisy to walk on
- Cold and noisy to some
- When parts wear out, you can't replace sections but need to replace the whole floor

Porcelain, Quarry and Ceramic Tiles , Bamboo Flooring-A New Trend are a perennial , Log Home Mistakes Ebook Review flooring favorite. It's been big in kitchens , Little Giant Ladders A Guide to Choosing the Best Model for years because of the durability, low maintenance requirements, and the variety of designs , How To Choose A Dishwasher and colors. , Old Cabinets Look New! Ceramic tiles , Real Estate: Points for Purchasers are made from pressed clays and color , Building An Outside Deck is added. It will either be glazed or have a matte finish applied. Porcelain tiles , Deterring Birds From Your Home are baked at a high temperature , Real Estate: Points for Purchasers and the color , The Perfect Ceramic Tile: A Guide is usually consistent all the way through (which is great if the tile , Reasons For Purchasing Air Purifiers chips.) Quarry is usually not glazed and maintains that flat , Bathroom That Reflects Your Life Style matte look of natural , How to Substantially Cut Your Energy Bills stone. The tiles , Mobile Homes... What to Look for are impervious to water, , Top-notch ways to learn more about loft and bunk beds plus more. mud, and grease.

ADVANTAGES OF TILE
- Looks very luxurious; adds value to home
- Easy to maintain
- Very durable
- Low maintenance
- Individual tiles , Basement Remodeling - Utilize Existing Space With a Basement Renovation can be replaced if damaged

DISADVANTAGES OF TILE
- Grout lines can stain easily
- Can be expensive for quality tiles; installation is expensive
- Cold underfoot; hard surface to stand on for long periods
- Can be slippery on glazed surfaces

Stone , Imported Tools vs. "Brand Name" - Are They As Good? floor , Ceiling Fans...Why Use Them? tiles are made up of a somewhat porous natural , Bad News Critters - Beware of Animals in Crawl Spaces stone like marble, granite, limestone, travertine, or slate. These stone floors , Deterring Birds From Your Home are the definition of the term luxury. Many love the unique look, the veins, and color , Choosing a Feng Shui Consultant: 8 Tips Help You Select the Right One for You changes within a natural , Deterring Birds From Your Home stone surface. The material can last the lifetime of the home , How to Substantially Cut Your Energy Bills and most applications are usually considered permanent. Granite is nearly indestructible but some stones , Reasons For Purchasing Air Purifiers can be cracked or chipped or even dull from heavy foot traffic. It can be easy to clean, but"¦ if you have marble floor , Deterring Birds From Your Home throughout your house, , Bay Window Treatments you probably don't clean the floors yourself , Ceiling Fans...Why Use Them? anyway.

ADVANTAGES OF STONE
- Gorgeous natural , Grandfather Clocks - A Brief History look; elegant
- Very durable
- Perfect for radiant heat , A Few Simple Facts About Gas And Electric ing Systems application
- Adds excellent value for the home; great ROI

DISADVANTAGES OF STONE
- Not great for long periods of standing
- Expensive
- Porous surface needs to be constantly treated to prevent stains
- Can be very slippery

Concrete , Mobile Homes... What to Look for ? Really? Well, we're not talking about the cold, , Log Home Mistakes Ebook Review gray concrete , Kitchen Remodeling Checklist: Are Your Prepared? that's out in your garage. , Home Air Filters: Knowing Which One to Choose Concrete , Rainscreen Technology is, of course, that mixture of sand, , Guide to Memory Foam, Memory Foam Mattresses and Memory Foam Pillows water, , How To Choose A Dishwasher and cement, but it can be tinted and textured into whatever style you want. It can be made to be smooth and seamless or have the look of a tiled floor , Mobile Homes... What to Look for - at much less cost than tiles , Guide to Memory Foam, Memory Foam Mattresses and Memory Foam Pillows or natural , Building An Outside Deck stone. Another nice custom touch is when pebbles or broken glass , Safer Bathrooms For Your Children are added to the concrete , The Perfect Ceramic Tile: A Guide for a truly one-of-a-kind floor. , Lighting up Your Life

ADVANTAGES OF CONCRETE
- Inexpensive; cost effective replacement for natural , Ten tips to ensure that you choose the right carpet for your home or office. stone
- Can be styled to look like aged brick, ceramic tiling, , A Few Simple Facts About Gas And Electric Heating Systems or even marble floors , Choosing a Feng Shui Consultant: 8 Tips Help You Select the Right One for You at a fraction of the cost
- Extremely durable; easy to fix problems or damage

DISADVANTAGES OF CONCRETE
- Surface is porous and needs to be sealed on a regular basis
- Can be hard and cold , Types Of Heater underfoot
- Hard to stand on for long periods
- Noisy

Vinyl flooring , Doors To Glass In A Porch is next on our list. Vinyl has been around for ages and new technologies have helped it make a comeback. There are more choices in textures and finishes, designs , Bathroom That Reflects Your Life Style and colors. , Static Electricity The vinyl can either be inlaid, where color , The Vital Role of Acoustical Door Seals goes all the way through, or rotogravure, where the color , Ten tips to ensure that you choose the right carpet for your home or office. and design , Old Cabinets Look New! is only on the surface. It can come in either sheets or tiles , How To Choose A Dishwasher and it can be fairly easy to install. It's very easy to clean and considered to be somewhat durable, depending on the quality of vinyl purchased.

ADVANTAGES OF VINYL
- Easy to stand on for long periods
- Least expensive of all flooring , Bay Window Treatments options
- Easily installed
- Readily available in a variety of styles

DISADVANTAGES OF VINYL
- Can peel off if not installed properly
- Easily stained if not treated and monitored
- Low life expectancy for lower end vinyl
- Not quite as visually appealing; lower end tiles , A Few Simple Facts About Gas And Electric Heating Systems can look cheap

Linoleum is sometimes confused with vinyl flooring, , Reasons For Purchasing Air Purifiers but it's actually a natural , The Perfect Ceramic Tile: A Guide material. It's made with felt or canvas covered in linseed oil, resin, and cork - which makes it more environmentally , A Few Simple Facts About Gas And Electric Heating Systems friendly than vinyl. It also comes in sheets or tiles , Quick and Easy Autumn Decorating Ideas and looks very similar to vinyl. It's durable enough to last 10 to 15 years (perhaps more with proper care.) As with the other materials, linoleum comes in a huge smorgasbord of bright, vibrant colors , 5 Ways to Decide if a Bathroom Remodel Makes Sense and patterns. It's very durable, comfortable, and easy to maintain.

ADVANTAGES OF LINOLEUM
- Anti-static material; surface doesn't hold on to bacteria or allergens
- Environmentally friendly
- Cost effective
- Doesn't mark as easily as vinyl
- Water resistant if installed properly (although it's not recommended for basements)

DISADVANTAGES OF LINOLEUM
- Needs to be waxed and polished on a regular basis
- Can smell for long periods of time after installation
- Hard to remove once it's installed
- Not as many design , Little Giant Ladders A Guide to Choosing the Best Model or color , Imported Tools vs. "Brand Name" - Are They As Good? options as vinyl

The shear number of flooring , Bad News Critters - Beware of Animals in Crawl Spaces options has exploded over the last fifteen years so the decision can be mind boggling - the choices are probably ten times greater. When you're ready to install a new floor, , How to Clean Mattress Stains do plenty of research and visit a lot of showrooms or websites to find out what's out there. Unsure how to , Log Home Mistakes Ebook Review find a flooring , Algae Resistant Roof Shingles specialist? A great way to find a qualified flooring , Top-notch ways to learn more about loft and bunk beds plus more. contractor is to post your project with ConstructionDeal.com - they'll find you a local , A Few Simple Facts About Gas And Electric Heating Systems professional to install your new floor. , Different Types of Water Filters Click on http://www.constructiondeal.com to start your new adventure in flooring , British Petroleum Solar Products Manufacturer installation.

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