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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.

Oak Flooring The Smart Choice

solid-oak-flooringOak flooring is used in many residential and commercial locations. It is a grainy wood that can be finished in many ways. Oak flooring installed and finished correctly will offer you years of enjoyment.

New oak floors can be installed finished or unfinished. The unfinished oak flooring needs sanding and finishing after it is installed. The flooring can have many different stains applied to it to bring out the grain and texture of the wood. Polyurethane sealer and finish is applied to the stained or natural oak to protect it from wear and damage. This finish is hard and resists scratching and scuffing from normal activity.

Oak and other wood flooring is easy to keep clean. Dust and dirt cannot hide in it. If you have allergies or other breathing problems a wood floor can aid in your comfort. There is no hidden contaminates that will cause you to have an allergic attack. It is easy to disinfect a wood floor and keep harmful germs away from you.

Oak floors go with many decorative themes. It can go with country to contemporary style homes. The oak floor can go with any furniture or rug style. Color choices in furniture or accessories have many options that will go with the oak floor. An oak floor gives you more options to redecorate then a carpet or tiled floor.

Oak hardwood flooring is installed in many thin short pieces. These pieces are nailed to your subfloor with a special designed nailer. Start the installation process by snapping a line to keep flooring straight. Nail the first row tight and follow the line. Use the flooring nailer when you have enough room. The flooring nailer nails the floor down through the tongue of the piece. The groove will cover your nail up making it invisible. This process is called blind nailing. You must use a finish nail or finish gun when you are to close to the wall. Splice your joints so they do not line up.

Wood floors offer years of beauty with little upkeep. It is a clean floor covering that is a wise choice for people that suffer from allergies and other health problems.