3 Flooring Choices For Your Next Home Remodeling Project

by Jayden Fisher

Are you in the process of planning a spring home renovation project? Are you still trying to decide whether to keep your old flooring or install new flooring? Here are some advantages and drawbacks of different flooring types, to better help you decide:

Carpet: Advantages: Carpet comes in a wide variety of colors and textures to match nearly any decor. If you have young children who are just learning how to walk, carpet can provide a cushioning surface, in case of falls. It is also easier for little feet to stand on, meaning fewer slips and falls. Carpet is relatively inexpensive and installation may take only a matter of hours, even in larger homes. Drawbacks: Spills on carpet need to be handled promptly, so that they don't stain or cause mildew. Carpet may also be a problem for allergy sufferers, as carpet has a tendency to trap and hold allergens. 

Hardwood flooring: Advantages: Hardwood flooring can give a natural and homey feeling to a room. A properly maintained solid wood hardwood floor can last a many generations, with the proper care. Weekly maintenance may consist of little more than using a dust mop every few days, with a more complete wet mopping on the weekend or every other weekend. Disadvantages: Hardwood flooring often needs to be waxed or varnished at least every year or every few years, depending on the manufacturer's instructions. Wood floors can be slippery, especially when freshly mopped or waxed, making them potentially hazardous for the very young or very old. A high quality hardwood floor can take a hefty chunk out of your budget.

Laminate flooring: Advantages: Laminate flooring may have costs closer in price to a carpet installation than a high-end hardwood floor, giving you the same look for a lower price. Good quality laminate comes in at least as many and possibly more colors than hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring pieces can be more uniform in shape and lighter weight than hardwood flooring pieces, making them easier to install. Disadvantages: Some manufacturers have given laminate flooring a bad name, producing shoddy laminate flooring that is little more than a printed paper glued onto a floorboard. Even high quality all-wood laminate flooring may occasionally have instances of the laminate surface separating from the floorboard piece; if your home experiences a lot of high humidity, this could happen to you.

No matter what type of flooring you choose, you can always spice up your decor later with the addition of an area rug or two. Area rugs can add a touch of color to a portion of the room or draw attention to an especially important piece of furniture. If you don't know yet whether you want to put down new carpet or install a hardwood floor, an area rug will provide your home with a fresh look while you decide exactly what you want to do. Visit a site like http://www.nationalcarpetmilloutlet.com for more information.