As you start to consider your flooring options, take a walk through your home and perform a quick evaluation. Do you see missing or broken tiles? Is your grout discolored or moldy? Does your carpet have holes in it or an odor that’s impossible to get rid of? If you find weak spots in your floor, it’s definitely time to replace it.
The type of flooring that’s best for your home will vary according to your decor, but also by the amount of foot traffic in each room. If you notice signs of wear on your dining room carpet, for example, you might want to opt for tile flooring in that room.
The great thing about carpet flooring is that it comes in hundreds of different colors and textures. If you’re going for a warm, welcoming atmosphere in your home, a fluffy carpet will give your guests a big, friendly “hello.” Carpet is perfect for your bedroom, living room, and den. If you have pets in your home, though, you might want to get carpeting that repels pet hair and mold. It’ll make cleaning up much easier and help manage your indoor air quality. In general, carpets with shorter fibers are easier to clean and last longer than varieties with longer fibers. Shag carpets are best suited to parts of your home that you don’t walk through very often. Carpet has a reputation for wearing out quickly, but heavy-duty varieties can last for 10 years or more with proper maintenance.
Vinyl and Linoleum
Vinyl is another durable flooring option that can last for 10 to 15 years or more. It comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns and can be made to mimic pricier ceramic tile.
Linoleum is similar to vinyl, but it’s made from natural materials like cork and wood flour. Vinyl is made from the same material as PVC piping and does not have any natural ingredients. Vinyl gives your kitchen, bathroom, or entryway a clean, modern look. It stands up well to heavy use and has a mold-resistant surface. Linoleum flooring has the same characteristic shine, but can break if exposed to standing water. You’re likely to find linoleum in older homes, but unlike many older materials, it doesn’t typically contain asbestos. Linoleum is more expensive to install than vinyl, but lasts for 20 to 40 years. To save time, you can install vinyl or linoleum flooring over an existing floor that’s in good condition.
Composite wood has long been used for outdoor projects including decks and pathways, but it’s starting to trend for indoor use. Where traditional hardwood needs to be refinished every three to five years, composite wood can endure for 25 years or more. Made from plastic and natural wood, composite wood resists splintering and is less prone to termite infestations. It comes in a wide array of colors and can tie together your indoor and outdoor color schemes. On the downside, composite wood can look unnatural, and is prone to mildew and mold growth. If you’re going to install composite wood, opt for natural, earthy colors. Composite wood is great for mudrooms, patios and decks, and some basements.
Ceramic tile is the most durable flooring you can choose. It can last for 50 years or more, even in a busy kitchen or bathroom. It comes in a wide variety of colors and can be used on walls as well as floors. If you’re thinking of selling your home, it’s important to get a head start on home repairs. You don’t have to paint all your walls the same color, but you can use ceramic tiles to unify your home’s decor. Blue tile in the living room? You might talk to your contractor about installing a kitchen backsplash that has blue accents. There are also ceramic tiles that look like wood—perfect for your entryway, living room, or attic.
Take2 Remodeling is an Experienced Local Contractor
While you might not know exactly which flooring you should choose for your home, you probably have a few ideas now. Before you talk to a contractor, think about taking a trip to your local home improvement store. You’ll be able to get started on color selection and jumpstart your creative process. If you’re ready to begin your home improvement project, contact the local professionals at Take 2 Remodeling. We’re an award-winning home remodeling company, and we work with homeowners on projects of all sizes. We believe that custom renovations aren’t just for luxury properties, and we’re committed to doing our best work every time.
Bring us your ideas and we’ll work with you to make them a reality. We specialize in bathroom, kitchen, and guest house renovations. We also remodel basements, attics, and decks. Check out our testimonials to read about some of the work we’ve done in the greater West Chicago area. Then give us a call or make an appointment online so that we can come out, see your property, and give you an estimate.