When it comes to your home, your floors are the most used surface in the entire space. When you think of the floor in general, you think of the place everyone walks on, maybe with dirty shoes. Next to the toilet, we tend to think of it as the most unsanitary place in our entire home as well. However, this necessary surface, can become one of the most costly things you may have to replace in your home, depending on what product you use. From carpet to high end marble, there are so many different and diverse flooring products that it can be confusing and overwhelming trying to choose what you want. Here are a few tips to find the best choice for your home:
Old Carpet & Old Wood Flooring - A lot of flooring choices have come and gone, but, a few things seem to still be a staple in a lot of homes and that is carpet and wood floors. Just because carpet is older, it doesn't mean it's not good anymore. Special care can make carpet in a home last for decades. Wood floors can sometimes last a century, depending on what type of care they have had, too. Both still have their appeal and I believe will be around for decades (and centuries) to come. But, what if they get damaged?
Replace or Repair? - When it comes to your flooring you can either find a way to repair some damage or replace the flooring altogether. How do we decide which to do? That depends on how bad the damage is and how costly it might be to repair. Carpeting can have different issues. For instance, if your carpeting is wavy, it might just need to be stretched. If there are a few stains on it, it might just need a good professional cleaning. However, if it is tearing, or the stains aren't gone after the cleaning, it might be time to just replace it. Other hard surface floors can have different issues such as scratches, cracks, finishes that need to be re-done or even broken pieces in general. If spots can be easily fixed, this may be a cost effective way to maintain the floor, however, if it is a constant issue, maybe finding a stronger surface for what you need is a better choice. If you have some flooring issues, do your research to see what is the better option for you.
What are Your Needs? - When you are thinking of installing new flooring, you need to consider what the room is going to be used for and who will be using it. Maybe you have kids and pets and you want a surface that is easy to clean and not easily scratched or damaged. Maybe you want your feet to feel cozy when you get out of bed in the morning so carpeting in your bedroom is a must. No matter what is popular, or what you think is just beautiful, you need to be able to maintain the floor, too, so make sure you pick the best choice for your and your family's needs. Hopefully your flooring choice will last a long time because you have made the right choice for the space and for your family.
Re-sale & Your Floors - Flooring does have an impact when it comes to selling a home. Since the floor is the largest surface, whatever condition it is in can make the whole house feel a certain way. Just like when you notice roof issues on a home, rough flooring can cause a buyer to visualize the amount of work and cost that may have to go into re-doing the flooring. And, just like roof repairs, for some buyers, this is enough to turn them away from a home that is perfect for them--even if there are concessions made for the flooring.
The floors are one of the most important surfaces in your home. In order for them to last and not only function well, but, stay beautiful, it only takes a bit of research to see what is best for you to be able to maintain for your family and your lifestyle. Choose wisely, and they can be one of the best assets your home has to offer.--Jen Lush