Today homeowners have more choices in flooring than ever before. As you plan to remodel or update your rooms, you will have to decide what kind of flooring will be best for your home, your budget, and your own needs. Understanding the pros and cons will help you decide, so here are a few options to consider both the benefits and downsides for!

Hardwood

Hardwood is a classic flooring material for good reason. It’s durable and easy to clean, and it can last for years with basic maintenance. If it fades or shows wear over the years, it can be refinished. And, it’s a great choice for people with allergies because the hardwood finish doesn’t trap dust, pollen, or other allergens. 

Hardwood floors are an expensive initial investment, but there is a range of costs depending on the type of wood you choose. Also, hardwood floors don’t muffle noise, and if you’ve got high ceilings, you will have echoes. Finally, hardwood is prone to scratches and water damage.

Carpet

Carpeting is a popular choice because of its warmth and comfort. It’s inexpensive, quiet, and comes in a variety of colors so it becomes an integral part of your room’s décor. You can choose the pile length and style to adapt to the room use. For example, you may choose a longer, plusher feel for bedrooms and a tighter loop for high-traffic areas. 

On the negative side, carpets will collect allergens, pet hair, and dirt and need to be cleaned frequently. Carpet will last longer if you vacuum at least once a week. That’s because dirt can actually damage the carpet fibers.

Tile

The use of tile dates back to ancient times, and these days, there are more styles and materials than ever to choose from, from ceramic and marble to stone and vinyl. Tile is versatile, decorative, and durable. They’re water-resistant, and it’s easy to wipe up spills, so they’re great for kitchens and bathrooms. 

On the other hand, tile is predictably cold and hard, and if you drop something in the kitchen, it could easily break. It can also be slippery when wet, and the grout is sometimes difficult to keep clean, especially if they are not sealed properly.

When you first shop for flooring, you may be overwhelmed with the choices. To make a decision, think about your budget but also how your room is used and the total effect you wish to achieve. Chosen wisely and well cared for, your flooring should last for years.

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