Choosing the right flooring for your home may seem like a daunting task at first, however when you have expert advice from our team at Adda Carpets and Flooring along with a basic understanding of what to look for, the entire process becomes a walk in the park.
These questions will help you to determine how durable the flooring needs to be, whether or not it needs to be waterproof and easy to clean, and whether or not your particular choice will fit your budget. Below are the most common and most popular flooring types for new homes to help you make an informed decision.
Carpet is perhaps the most affordable flooring option and because it comes in such a wide range of colors, styles, textures, and thicknesses, it is also the most customizable flooring option. Carpet is also great for soundproofing and has insulation properties that may also help to lower your energy bill. Since it is so comfortable, it can also help to cushion a fall when a toddler or senior takes a tumble. One of the main selling points is that carpet can cover uneven floors and easily compensate for uneven walls, improving the look of a room.
The downside to carpet is that it retains moisture which can lead to mold if not properly dried, and it can be difficult to clean which may lead to an accumulation of allergens. Carpets are also famous for retaining stains and odors when children and pets make a mess.
Ceramic/porcelain tile and natural stone flooring
Tile and natural stone flooring are great options for any area that will experience lots of moisture such as bathrooms, pool areas, and washrooms, and they can also add value to a home too. Tile and stone flooring are low maintenance, durable, and easy to clean, making them perfect for any area that experiences lots of foot traffic while being easily repairable if damage occurs. Ceramic and porcelain tiles also come in a wide range of textures and colors so you can match it accordingly with the rest of the room and house.
The downsides are the price and the fact that some types of stone are brittle and chip or scratch easily. Because these options tend to be more expensive, they are better for people who want to further invest in their property rather than someone looking for a cheap flooring option.
The many types of vinyl flooring tend to offer a mix of durability and affordability. Since these are available in a large variety of colors and textures, vinyl flooring will pair well with any room. They are stain proof and waterproof for areas with high moisture exposure and also do not harbor mold. They are easy to clean, durable for high foot traffic areas, and have a sound dampening effect due to their softness.
This softness also means that they are shock absorbent when a plate falls from the counter or when a toddler stumbles. The most attractive quality of vinyl flooring however is that it can be easily installed over the top of other types of old flooring, which speeds up the installation process.
Vinyl flooring can be difficult to repair though, due to the fact that once the glue truly sets, it can be a pain to remove. Cheap vinyl materials may also lose their color and turn an off-yellow, so it is best to go for a mid to high range vinyl product.
Laminate flooring is another low cost option that is durable, scratch resistant, and easy to install. Unlike vinyl, it is UV resistant and won’t discolor, is extremely easy to clean, and can be installed over most types of existing flooring.
Unfortunately, even high quality laminate flooring is susceptible to water damage, so keep it out of bathrooms and laundry areas. Once laminate flooring is damaged or worn, it can’t simply be sanded down like hardwood flooring and will require replacing. It is also quite hard, and so may magnify the sound of footsteps.
There aren’t many options that beat a traditional hardwood floor, whether it is made out of red oak, cherry, oak, or any exotic timber. When damaged, hardwood floors can be sanded down and refinished so that you don’t have to replace it, although this will need to be done more often in high traffic areas.
Hardwoods are another option that add to the value of a property and can be treated as an investment. Based on the particular finish that you choose, such as a urethane aluminum oxide finish, hardwood floors can be spill and water resistant, hypoallergenic, and can fit your particular style with a wide range of colors, grain patterns, and densities.
The main downside to hardwood flooring is the labor and material cost. Installing, sanding, and refinishing hardwood floors can cost more than many people want to spend, and since they are solid, they can magnify the sound of footsteps.
For more information, or if you are ready to call for a quote on your new flooring, you can contact our professional team and get the process started.