Have Your Floors Become Old and Outdated?
Installing new flooring can have a drastic impact on the appearance of a room and can increase resale value.
Before replacing your flooring, it’s important that you do your research and determine whether you want carpet or a hard surface. The best choice of flooring depends on several things. What is the room used for? What part of the country is the home located? What is the market value of your home?
What is the function of the room?
Bedrooms and a child’s playroom needs flooring that cushions falls, keeps noise level down and is a good insulator. Carpet is a good choice.
In a cost-effective, cork, you will want flooring that is resistant to water and mold. Ceramic tile is waterproof, stylish, and cost-effective. Cork is resistant to mold, mildew and is the most hypoallergenic flooring available and a smart choice for damp bathrooms.
Kitchens floors take a beating under the best of circumstances. It is important to choose flooring that can withstand constant traffic, waterproof and stain proof. Hardwoods-Engineered woods–never go out of style and will give you a good return on your investment.
Ceramic tile stands up to wear and tear. Vinyl flooring–don’t confuse with linoleum– is waterproof, stain-proof and most inexpensive flooring. It’s a good choice if the market value of your home comes in at the low-level. Porcelain is a good choice if you want the toughest flooring. Cork flooring is waterproof, water-resistant and hypoallergenic.
The climate in your area plays an important role in flooring choice:
Cold or hot temperatures, high humidity or dry air or whatever the climate, it is likely to affect your flooring. Hardwood is affected by extremes of moisture or dryness. Carpet is warm when the weather is cold, but damp is dangerous. High moisture and dampness can cause carpets to mold. Vinyl is good for any climate. Cork is temperature stable, but excessive moisture can harm cork. Ceramic or stone tile is cool underfoot so it is perfect for hot climates.
Market Value of home: Replacing your flooring comes with the expectation of improving your home’s resale value. However, the market value of homes in your neighborhood will play a significant role in how much you spend. Neighborhoods with high market values will justify installing high-in, expensive flooring; the opposite is true for homes with a low-market value; You will not get a good return on your investment and may even lose money.