Wood, Carpet or Tile Flooring?

The right flooring can definitely give any home a fresh new look.  Many homeowners are faced with a real dilemma trying to decide which is the best flooring for their home.  Each flooring type has both advantages and disadvantages, it really boils down to a number of key factors.  What is your budget, lifestyle and personal taste?

About 80% of homeowners will choose carpet as their major source of flooring simply because its the least expensive.  However you are not limited to choosing just carpet, you can use a combination of carpet, tile and wood flooring throughout your home.  For example, you can lay carpet in the bedrooms, wood flooring in the living areas and tile in all of the wet areas such as baths and kitchen.

Hardwood

Wood flooring can be quite expensive especially if you plan to lay it through your entire home.  Of the available types of flooring it is one of the most durable and long lasting.  Proper care must be maintained because it is prone to scratching and discoloration.  If you keep it shined, dusted and vacuumed you will be fine as the refinishing only needs to be done every 10 -15 years.

Ceramic Tiles
The great thing about ceramic tiles is the available of designs, styles and textures.  Adding ceramic flooring to any home can greatly improve the value.  You are only limited by your own imagination with tile flooring.  One drawback is that during the winter months the tile will feel cold to your bare feet unless you have the extra bucks to put in heated tiles.  If you wide seems between the tile with a light colored grout the tiles may be a little difficult to get and keep clean.  Tile can be bought at really good discount from tile outlet stores.

Carpets
Carpets when taken care of only needs to be replaced every 10-15 years.  Carpet allows the homeowner a lot of versatility because of the available styles and colors.  Sometimes carpet is not the best choice if your lifestyle is such that it gets high traffic, you have pets or very small children.  Its easy to get carpet installed and carpet is relatively inexpensive.  Carpet maintenance is fairly simple as regular vacuuming and shampooing at least quarterly.

There are plenty of options when it comes to selecting the perfect flooring for any room in your home.  The main thing to keep in mind is that your flooring fits your families overall lifestyle.

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