With the DIY market pushing up on the $14 billion mark, people are taking on progressively more complicated projects. While most people start with a small DIY project like painting a room, there are people flirting with house flipping who are learning how to replace flooring.
Whether you’re one of those people or are merely interested, knowing the different types of flooring can drive your home design choices.
Each flooring type comes with a wide range of pricing and material options. Here are the six main flooring types that you should know about.
1. Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood is a classic style for just about any type of home. It takes decades for it to wear down, and with minimal treatment, can last a lifetime.
If you’re looking for something sophisticated, there are hardwood options to fit just about any kind of budget and home. You could take a simple house and make it truly elegant with carefully treated hardwood.
Many otherwise beautiful hardwood floors have linoleum or carpet that has been added on top of hardwood.
If you’re looking for a new home and thinking about the prospect of having to change the flooring for hardwood, you might be in luck. There could be beautiful oak floors just beneath the layer of flooring that you’re standing on.
Cleaning and caring for hardwood is simple. Replacing it or putting it down for the first time is your largest expense. It could be your best choice in the long term.
2. Parquet Floors
If you’re looking for something rustic and natural, parquet floors offer a unique option.
Nested somewhere between tile floors and hardwood, parquet offers unique designs and patterns to add character to any room. You get everything you like about hardwood while adding a little flair all your own.
Because parquet doesn’t rely on perfect long strips of hardwood but on much smaller pieces, you might find that it’s cheaper. Since it can come in a tile format, you can replace pieces individually without having to upset the whole balance of the rest of your floor. Plus, it’s much easier to maintain than hardwood.
Carpeting is a great option for some people and a nightmare for others.
For an older family living in a cooler climate, carpeting can keep your floors from being too cold and can offer a relaxing sense of comfort. For families with young kids and pets, it can be a real pain to keep it clean with muddy shoes and paws running around it constantly.
Cheap carpeting might be more trouble than it’s worth.
More expensive carpeting can be made of natural fibers and cause fewer allergies than synthetic carpeting. Some synthetic materials can trigger allergies or make more ideal conditions for mold and mildew to grow.
If you have hardwood or tiling already, area rugs or smaller individual carpets might be the answer to your problems.
4. Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl floors have a similar smoothness to a well-constructed hardwood floor. As it’s synthetic, you don’t get the same kind of warmth that you get from hardwood floors, but there are several benefits.
Hardwood flooring is expensive to install and costs a lot of money per square foot.
Vinyl is cheaper and easier to install. It’s also stain-resistant and can be cleaned easily with a simple wipe or a mop.
There is a wide range of vinyl flooring available, from the very cheap to natural-looking synthetic options.
Vinyl flooring should be installed by a professional but if you’re a serious DIY-er, you might find that you can take it on with the help of a friend. You could get the classy appearance you’re looking for at a fraction of the cost with vinyl.
5. Ceramic Tiling
Ceramic tiling, such as vinyl flooring, is easy to clean and keep from getting stained. If the grouting is well done, it’s simple to keep in great condition and should last for years to come.
The installation can be a much more arduous process than other types of flooring, but ceramic can last for years to come. They’re heat resistant, so they’re perfect if you’re building a fireplace. They’re also comfortable to the touch and lend a naturally calming feeling to a home.
They’re great for bathrooms because moisture and heat don’t cause them to move or to buckle. They add a calm simplicity to your home and can be very inexpensive per tile.
6. Stone or Marble
These are some of the most versatile flooring options that you can find. Whether you’re looking for solid or composite, neither has a serious advantage in quality or aesthetic.
Solid stone flooring is versatile and can be used in just about any kind of home. By choosing from different stones, you can build a beautiful pattern or mosaic out for your home. They’re similarly good with temperature — much like ceramic.
Marble is more expensive, but also an attractive option. Solid marble floors lend serious sophistication and are easy to maintain. The only thing keeping many people from solid marble floors is the price.
If you’re willing to select a composite or patterned option, you could get a durable, high-quality floor for a fraction of solid marble. Because of the quality of the material, you’d lose none of the ambiances and retain all of the class.
Different Types of Flooring Have Different Demands
Each flooring decision you make will come with a whole set of different concerns.
It’s not uncommon for different rooms to have different types of flooring to meet the needs of how your home should function. Choose what feels good and what you’re excited to live with for the years to come.
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