Choosing the right flooring can be a challenge when you're moving into a new house. Knowing the difference between the various types of flooring and which factors to consider when installing flooring can help you decide which type of flooring is right for you.
Factors To Consider
There are many factors to consider when choosing a flooring type.
- Temperature. Hard flooring types, especially stone and tile, tend to be cold on the feet and can make some homeowners uncomfortable. Carpeting tends to be warmer.
- Safety. Young children and seniors may be less likely to hurt themselves if they fall on carpeting than if they fall on another type of flooring material.
- Moisture. Moisture in bathrooms and kitchens makes carpeting and hardwood an impractical choice for these rooms. In rooms with moisture and humidity, homeowners stick to stone, ceramic or laminate tile.
- Comfort. Carpeting is the most comfortable material to sit on, so many people prefer carpeting in rooms where they frequently sit on the floor.
Most Popular Flooring Types
In recent years, hardwood and hardwood laminate have been among the most popular flooring types installed by homeowners. Hardwood floors are naturally sophisticated and elegant. These types of floors can be vulnerable to scratches, so many people must install padding on the bottom of their chairs and tables after installing hardwood in their home.
Laminate floors are generally more durable and more affordable than hardwood floors. Many types of laminate floors so closely resemble hardwood that they are even textured like hardwood. Laminate floors are easy to clean but cannot be cleaned with water, or they may become warped and damaged.
In addition to hardwood and laminate, some of the other most popular types of floors in Brentwood homes include carpet and tile. Carpeting wears out more quickly than tile and hardwood, but it has a comfortable homey quality that appeals to many homeowners. Tile is most popular in parts of the home like the kitchen, foyer and bathroom.
Green Flooring Options
Sustainability is increasingly important to modern home buyers. Consider green flooring options to draw in buyers hoping for sustainability in their homes.
- Bamboo. Bamboo is a fast-growing grass, which makes it a green flooring choice because of its sustainability as a resource. Bamboo has all the appearance of hardwood without the damaging effects to the environment.
- Recycled glass tile. Recycled glass tile is gaining in popularity for rooms like the bathroom and kitchen. It comes in a variety of colors and can include speckles and flecks of other colors, for additional visual interest.
- Reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood is old wood that has been repurposed after many years of use. Reclaimed wood is often pocked with scratches and nail holes, giving it a special character that appeals to many home buyers.
- Concrete flooring. Concrete flooring works incredibly well to dress up any area of the home from the entryway to the patio. Even the living room and rec room can benefit from concrete. The days of leaving concrete drab and bare are over, after all. You can complete the concrete flooring in your home using stencils, dye and etching to mimic all your favorite materials, including marble. This gives you the ability to infuse high-end finishes into your home design without the expense.
Work With Your Real Estate Agent During the Buying Process
Many home buyers make plans for their flooring in the weeks before escrow closes on the home. Having a contractor in place to replace the flooring before moving in can help making the moving process a more rewarding experience. To secure a contractor for the job, home buyers often need to meet contractors at the house and ask questions of the home sellers. Working with an experienced real estate agent helps make this possible.
Your real estate agent can negotiate time in the house and can also work with the sellers to get answers to important questions about flooring, room size and other relevant issues. For more information about replacing the flooring in the home you are buying, contact your real estate professional today.
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