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Choosing New Flooring When Remodeling Your Home

 

Choosing a new floor for a recent remodel might leave you overwhelmed. There are so many options on today’s market, it may be hard to choose. While all of them may look great, not all may be beneficial for your specific needs.

We will cover some popular types of floorings, and the pros & cons of each. This article will offer tips on which kinds of flooring works best for certain areas of your home.

Feel free to call the friendly professionals at Rancho Cucamonga Remodeling Services anytime to discuss your flooring needs.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is durable, easy to care for, and affordable. This type of flooring can be found in at least one room of the majority of American households. For many years, it has been a popular choice for kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, and other high traffic areas.

Vinyl can be found in a variety of types, including sheets, tiles and planks. The tiles and planks can replicate more expensive ceramic tile or wood flooring. It is usually made up of the base layer, fiberglass, cushion layer, pattern layer, wear layer and top coat. These layers are the main reason why this product is so durable.

Pros:

  • Great for high traffic areas
  • Durable, long-lasting
  • Reduces noise
  • Static-free
  • Easy to maintain
  • Easy installation
  • Affordable flooring option
  • Available in a wide range of colors and patterns
  • Softer than most flooring options
  • Water resistant

Cons:

  • Easy to puncture
  • Does not stand up well to heavy loads
  • Colors may fade
  • Certain cleaners may stain
  • PVC may be used during manufacturing
  • Can be hard to remove

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Floating Hardwood or Laminate

Floating floors have become extremely popular among homeowners over the last couple of decades. These types of floors are easy to install, they use a simple snap and lock technique. Like vinyl, they are an affordable flooring option, when compared to other options. Floating floors allows you to have the look of traditional hardwood, without the price.

The only requirement for this type of flooring is that it must be installed on a flat surface. This is convenient since it can be laid right on top of the existing floor, with no need for demolition.

Pros:

  • Affordable flooring option
  • Easy installation
  • Extremely durable, consisting of 7 layers of wood
  • Can be installed in any room of your home
  • Available in a wide range of colors and patterns
  • Ideal for humid climates since it conveniently expands and contracts
  • Tongue and groove technology prevents gaps
  • Moisture resistant

Cons:

  • Cannot be sanded like traditional hardwood floors
  • May slightly lower the value of your home, when compared to traditional hardwood floors

Traditional Hardwood Floors

Many homeowners love the look and durability of traditional hardwood. The investment is well worth it, as this may be the last floor that you ever have to install. It is not unheard of for wood floors to last well over a century, if properly cared for. It can be resurfaced multiple times, with each finish lasting up to 30 years.

If you are looking for natural beauty for your home, this an obvious choice. Each plank is unique and available in several wood species and types. Wood floors work with just about any interior design.

Pros:

  • Durable, long-lasting
  • Natural beauty
  • Increases the value of your home
  • Little maintenance

Cons:

  • More costly than other flooring options
  • Humidity or water can cause it to warp, buckle or crack
  • Is only suitable for certain rooms of your home
  • Moderately difficult installation

Hardwood Flooring

With the plethora of flooring choices we have, there is nothing like hardwood flooring and nearly nothing as popular. When people can afford it, they are more apt to go for hard wood flooring. This is a durable and long-lasting investment in your flooring.  For some, the myth that hardwood floors are hard to clean and scuff easily has kept folks from buying them.

There are thousands of people that have large families and busy lifestyles that enjoy hardwood floors everyday. There isn’t much in the care apart from the proper cleaner, some floor protection and not wearing high heels in the home. Hardwood floors come in many types. They come in a variety of thicknesses and types of woods but generally hard wood is hard, period and it is very durable.

Choosing Hardwood Flooring

When you choose hardwood flooring always organize yourself this way. Make sure you are as organized as possible and speculate on what the areas you are installing hardwood flooring on will be used for. Hardwood floor, as we said takes some special care but, you don’t  want to push it any further than need be. In other words, the living room or bedroom or even a den may be best. The kids’ play room may not be the best place for hardwood flooring. Make sure you know who will be caring for the floor and if there is any danger with anyone in the house in having throw rugs around. Throw rugs that are thick enough to not skid are a help.

 

Hardwood floors can be a delightful choice and in fact it can raise the value of your property if they are wall to wall. The other great point about hardwood flooring is that it lasts forever if it is truly hard wood.

 

Cost and Process

The cost and process of hardwood flooring is variable. This means that depending on budget and what type of hardwood you want, your budget will reflect.  There is a difference between oak and Parquet floors. The price for installation will also vary. This is because there are types that can cost a little less that have tongue and groove points that have been machined in and allow for faster and easier installation. Other factors are whether or not there is cutting to be done for more complicated room shapes.

A Great Investment

The good news is, that hardwood flooring is an investment. In certain cases, it will be something that raises the value of the home. The care is relatively simple and the luck in having a hardwood floor as opposed to a laminate fake wood floor is that you can sand and refinish it as the years go by.

Our customers often choose to install updated doors, counters, cabinets, etc. when they renovate their home.

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Tile Flooring

Tile is another wildly popular type of flooring with homeowners. It is extremely versatile and easily maintained. It is great for just about any room in your home, but is extremely beneficial in kitchens, laundry rooms, baths and high traffic areas. Like traditional hardwood, if installed properly, tile can last the lifetime of your home.

You will find a variety of flooring tiles, including ceramic, slate, granite, limestone, porcelain and travertine. All of these are great options, it is really just a matter of personal taste which will be your best option.

When you are planning on using tile for a remodel, you must make sure the floor is strong enough to withstand the weight. This is ideal for concrete slabs, but can be used on wood sub-floors when approved by your contractor.

Pros:

  • Durable, long-lasting
  • Increases value of the home
  • Relatively easy to maintain
  • Can be installed over radiant floor heating systems
  • Available in a wide variety of colors, patterns and textures
  • Waterproof
  • Non-toxic, allergen free
  • Pet friendly

Cons:

  • Can crack or chip if something heavy is dropped on it
  • Cold surface
  • Harder to install than other options
  • Can be slippery, injuries can occur during falls

Marble Floors

Real marble floors have an aesthetic appeal like no other type of flooring. They also come with quite a price tag. This is in the higher range of flooring options that a homeowner has to choose from. If you are looking for elegance and luxury, marble is worth a look.

Marble can withstand a great deal of polishing and sealing, which adds to its lifetime.

 

Pros:

  • Adds beauty and elegance to your home
  • Increases the value of your home
  • Can be polished often for shine
  • Reflects light
  • Biodegradable and eco-friendly

Cons:

  • More costly than other flooring products
  • Slippery when polished, injuries can occur during a fall
  • High maintenance requirements
  • Porous and easy to stain
  • Requires skilled installation
  • Can crack or chip if heavy item is dropped on it

Carpet

Carpet has been the go-to floor covering for homeowners many years now. While other types of flooring have gained popularity, carpet is still a very viable option on the market. Carpet can enhance the look of almost any living space. If installed and cleaned properly carpet can maintain its visual appeal for many years.

There are so many styles, textures, designs and colors available, that it is easy to make it work with any décor. There is also a wide range of quality and prices, as well. You will want to do your research to decide which type best suites your needs. When shopping for carpet, a good pad is just as important as the carpet itself.

Pros:

  • Added insulation
  • Noise reduction
  • Added protection in case of falls
  • Visually appealing
  • Relatively easy installation and removal
  • Recyclable, eco-friendly
  • Can improve air quality by trapping dust and pollens

Cons:

  • Certain types may wear easily
  • Requires moderate maintenance
  • Easily stained
  • Can aggravate allergy symptoms
  • Not a good option for families with pets

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The Inland Empire Remodeling Specialists

Here at Rancho Cucamonga Remodeling Services we pride ourselves on the rapport we have built with the residents here and surrounding communities. When you are considering a home remodeling project, make sure you call us first.

We are not only flooring experts, but also specialize in a wide range of remodeling services and renovations. Our skilled technicians will work with you from start to finish to make sure your dreams become a reality.

Give us a call today so we can schedule a time to sit down and talk to you about your remodeling ideas!

One thing you can always count on is a professional installation with us. Just give us a call now for a free consultation. Together, we can make your flooring wishes come true. You are only a phone call away from a new hardwood floor. Call today!

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