Home decorating is an exciting and creative process, but it isn’t always fun.
Between choosing kitchen cabinetry, to the most complimentary color for the walls, or the most suitable material for flooring, there is a lot of heavy commitment decision-making. This is especially true when something like the flooring is in desperate need of replacement, but replacing the entire floor is a much bigger – and costlier- job.
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We’ve broken down some of the basic flooring options to choose from.
1. Solid Wood
A timeless classic, this has been the most popular flooring in the US for decades, and compliments any interior design style. Solid wood flooring comes in either strips, which range in width from 1.5 to 2.5 inches, or planks 4 to 8 inches wide. It can be made from many types of wood, from domestic varieties such as oak and maple to more exotic varieties such as Brazilian cherry. Prices ranges on the wood, so be sure to ask for options!
2. Ceramic Tile
Talk about colors, shapes and sizes. Ceramic tile comes in a huge variety, and it’s important to go into it having done some research. Just check out all the gorgeous options our partner MSI offers. We recommend porcelain tile for traffic areas like the kitchen. Since it comes in such diversity, price ranges. If you do live in a cold area, the downside is that it can be cold to the touch.
We absolutely love luxury vinyl, but that’s not the only type. Vinyl tiles and sheet goods are called resilient flooring According to HGTV, in general, “a thicker vinyl surface means better quality and higher price. Thicker vinyl can have a textured surface that looks like real stone and wood.” You can expect good quality vinyl to last up to 20 years!
4. Engineered Wood
The obvious benefit is that engineered wood can give you the look of wood at a lower price. It’s less durable than hardwood over the long run because it can only be refinished one to three times, though it’s easier to afford exotic woods such as Tigerwood or Brazilian maple, which are more resistant to scratches and dents..
Bamboo is a very stylish option for flooring but varies in durability. So you don’t want to go cheap. It has become popular as a more eco-friendly alternative to solid wood, but this is not always the case. Research is required to make sure the bamboo you are ordering is truly a greener alternative, since the production of some companies is actually higher in carbon foot print. Though price is similar to wood, installation can be more expensive.
If you live in a colder area, like anywhere in Minnesota, you might want to consider looking into Warmup underfloor heating prior to installing new floors. This will be a life saver during the harsh winter, and you can purchase all of it at great pricing through Minneapolis Contractor’s Choice.