As important as it is to the rest of your home, flooring is often overlooked when it comes to decorating because it isn’t as fun to pick out as other types of décor or it seems too expensive to replace. But when the time comes, you want to make sure you get the flooring that is right for you and your family.
Four Main Types of Custom Flooring
Tile – Ceramic tile is the most common type of tile used for flooring, and with good reason. Many types of ceramic tiles are glazed, which protects them from both water damage and stains. As a result, ceramic tile is durable and easy to keep clean, making it a good choice for high-traffic areas and homes with children and pets. If you are looking for flooring for a kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room, ceramic is a great choice. Ceramic tile, along with laminate and hardwood flooring, is also good for those who have allergies.
Carpeting – Carpet often has a lower price point than other, harder flooring alternatives, but price is not the only benefit to carpeting. This type of custom flooring provides a softer place to both stand and sit, making a room more comfortable, and it absorbs sound, reducing the amount of noise and echoing in a room. Carpeting is great for bedrooms or areas frequented by small children who may be prone to tripping and falling.
Laminate – Laminate flooring has come a long way since it was first introduced. It is available in styles that mimic both hardwood and tile flooring and is more cost-effective than both of those options. Laminate floors are also more forgiving when it comes to installation. Because it “floats” instead of being attached to the subfloor, it can often be installed over an existing vinyl floor. Laminate flooring is also perfect for a basement game room because it installs easily over concrete.
Hardwood – The biggest benefit to hardwood flooring is its beauty. Nothing can truly imitate the natural warmth and pattern found in real hardwood floors, which is why this type of custom flooring will add the most value to your home. Another plus for this type of flooring is the ability to sand down and refinish it if it becomes scratched or faded. Hardwood floors work well in family rooms and dining rooms, especially when paired with area rugs.
Area rugs – Area rugs are the best of both worlds because they allow you to combine both hard and soft surfaces in one room. Area rugs can be placed over tile to provide a soft place to sit or stand; they can protect hardwood in entryways or near kitchen sinks from water damage; they can even be layered with carpeting to add some color to an otherwise drab floor.
If you’re not sure which type of flooring is best for you, come talk to the experts at the Unusual Designs showroom in Newport News, Virginia. We’ll be happy to help you make the right choice for your home or business in Williamsburg, Suffolk, Gloucester, Yorktown, Poquoson, or Portsmouth.