When you are building or updating a home you will find yourself faced with a wide range of flooring options. Making the decision can be difficult. While it is largely a matter of personal taste, there are some pros and cons to each flooring selection. Here are some tips to help you make your next flooring selection.

Carpet is available in any color of the rainbow, a variety of thicknesses, qualities and styles. You can get plain plush carpet, shag or berber. You can choose patterned carpet with patterns cut into the nap. Colors are available in solids or patterns. The leading(a) disadvantages with carpet are that it can be difficult to clean and it will wear, finally requiring replacement. However, it is available in several price ranges, making it a good pick for many different budgets.

Tile is classic, timeless, and attractive and it adds value to your home. It is also available in a wide range of prices to suit many different budgets. Tile will last far longer than carpet, making it a very durable selection. Spills are a simple matter to clean up, making maintenance very easy. The biggest drawbacks to tile are that it can crack, with replacing a single tile being a chore, it is cold under your feet and it can be slippery when wet. Well placed area rugs can overcome the issue with cracking, and slipping.

Vinyl has the great advantage of being available in an amazing range colors and patterns, and being less expensive than the other options. It is relatively easy to install, and will not crack like tile. The temperature will prove warmer for those people in cooler climates and it is also easy to clean. However, vinyl can scratch and those scratches can become embedded with dirt that is difficult to clean out. If the vinyl tears when appliances are moved this can be challenging to patch or fix. Vinyl also will wear down and eventually have to be replaced.

Natural stone, like tile, will increase the value of your home. This is another durable selection that may well be the last floor you have to install in any given room. Like tile, it may crack or prove slippery when wet. It is also more expensive than tile. Natural stone, however, will add a level of luxuriousness and value to your home that vinyl simply can not add.

Laminate flooring is actually layers of plastic with a thin wood veneer. This flooring, like carpet, will eventually wear down and have to be replaced. However, it offers the look of hardwood for a fraction of the price. It is easy to install, relatively inexpensive and durable. It is resistive to scratching and can even be used in bathrooms and kitchens.

The warmth and beauty of natural hardwood is hard to match. Like tile and stone, this flooring selection will increase the value of your home. You can choose from a wide range of colors and plank widths. Cleaning hardwood is easy, and modern finishes mean that maintenance is also easy. Lightly mopping the floors occasionally will keep them shining and attractive for many years. The finish will eventually wear off, but hardwood can be refinished and its life restored. Hardwood costs substantially more than laminate and the installation can be expensive.

As you can see, with any flooring choice there are pros and cons to watch. If finances or ease of installation are your bottom line, you will want to look more closely at vinyls and laminates. However, for durability and style, you can’t beat hardwood and natural stone. Regardless of the choice you make, when you choose our quality products you are sure to be pleased and our sales staff is here to help you make the best choice for your home.