There are a number of things a homeowner can do to renovate what lies beneath their feet. Flooring styles change over time and flooring does take a beating. Dirt, pets, dust, fashionable shoes, and big clunky boots all take their toll on floors. This article will explore some items you can do, some costly and some less costly to renovate your floors.
A quick and inexpensive maintenance task to spruce up your flooring would simply be to have them thoroughly cleaned. This can be done professionally or as a Do-It-Yourself project. Hardwoods can be cleaned and sometimes even polished with wax. Carpeting can certainly be professionally deep-cleaned or machines are available for rent at the home improvement center or supermarket. Tile floors can also be deep cleaned as well as the grout. When cleaning doesn’t do it you can always add space rugs to help change the look and color of the room. These are more budget friendly than replacing the flooring.
Carpeting is very typcial form of flooring found in most homes. It is usually the most inexpensive of all the flooring choices. However, it wears out over time and even cleaning it won’t improve tears and worn-out spots. Seven to ten years is usually the typical life expectancy of carpeting.
Hardwood flooring is very common home flooring option. It typically is available either pre-finished or finished in place. There are also a number of faux hardwood flooring options that are generally made from a plastic of composite material and are referred to as laminate hardwood flooring. A finished in place floor while likely the most expensive to install can be refinished to restore it to its original luster. Some pre-finished hardwood floors may be refinished once and laminates cannot be refinished at all.
Tile is one of the most durable of flooring surfaces. A properly installed tile floor can last decades and still look great. Often the grout lines, the area between the tiles can collect dirt and debris but this is easily cleaned. In some instances you can change the grout color without removing the tiles to change the look of your flooring. Flooring while durable is not gentle on you feet or if you drop something on it! Area rugs can be used to help add color to a tiled room.
Vinyl flooring comes in both sheet and tile format. It is typically installed with an applied adhesive. While inexpensive it has rather poor durability. It can tear and if a sharp object falls on it can cause a hole. It is often used in kitchens, bathrooms and in the laundry room.
Tips for planning and selecting flooring:
- Measure the room or space with a tape measure. Most flooring is sold by either the square foot or square yard. Multiply the length times the width of the room to get the rooms square footage.
- When it comes time to replace flooring, spend some time examining the items in the room so you can match the colors appropriately.
- Gather samples and take them home before making a decision. See how they samples look with your rooms lighting and with its furnishings.
- When selecting tile, be sure to check that it is rated to be installed in a flooring application.