The flooring throughout your home can really improve the entire appearance of each room. If you have children, you may want to choose a nearly indestructible, easy to clean floor. If you only have adults living in your home, you may want to choose delicate Mexican ceramic tiles. Whatever your needs and preferences, this article can help you decide how you want to update your flooring.
Original natural wood floors increase the value of any home if they are beautiful and well taken care of. If you have wood floors that have been covered by carpet for years or wood that is lackluster, you can bring back the shine. Old wood must be sanded, stained to the perfect color and sealed for protection. Although it is possible to accomplish this as a do-it-yourself project, if you don’t have any experience, you should probably hire professionals. You do not want to take the chance of ruining your floors because you don’t know what you are doing. Wood floors can also be painted, faux-finished or stenciled with any design or pattern you choose.
Carpeting can add softness and warmth to your home. Make sure you choose a color you love because you will probably keep the same carpet for years. Keep your carpet free from moisture and vacuum regularly. Vacuuming removes dirt and keeps the pile from appearing crushed. Move heavy furniture slightly every few months to avoid ruining the pile under the furniture. Use sharp scissors to trim pieces that are coming loose. Avoid putting carpet in the kitchen, bathrooms or any other area that may cause a buildup of moisture. Such moisture can create the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. If you decide to lay carpet yourself, be sure to lay a high-quality carpeting pad first. However, carpet installation is relatively inexpensive. Some companies will lay the carpet for free when you purchase it from them.
Ceramic, vinyl and laminate flooring are perfect choices for anyone who lives in a warm climate. It will keep your home cool and make it feel more open. Choose the type of ceramic or laminate flooring that will fit into your lifestyle. Laminate wood flooring is particularly easy to clean and extremely difficult to damage. It’s a perfect and inexpensive alternative to natural wood flooring.
For the least expensive choice, install self-sticking vinyl sheet floors in your bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room. You can easily apply this type of flooring on your home. It is quick and economical. Unlike wood laminate flooring, vinyl does not hold up quite as well. Have an idea of how long you plan to leave this flooring in place before making your decision. Cheaper flooring will be more susceptible to damage. This is certainly a case of ‘you get what you pay for’.
You don’t have to have the same flooring throughout your entire home. Make each room individual by choosing flooring options that enhance the decor. The suggestions in this article may have given you just the incentive you needed to update your home’s flooring.