If you are renovating your home, adding a room or moving a wall, you will one day have to address the floor. Will you go with carpet, hardwood, tile or a laminate? Each has its pros and cons, like most things, and each is a viable option for most homeowners. Which one is right for you?
Carpet is a nice choice if you like something warm and snuggly underfoot. It is warm and inviting, but it isn’t a good choice for allergy sufferers as it traps the pet dander and other allergens in its fibers. It will also stain if you drop anything on it and can look dated if the colour is popular now, but not something that will be sustainable years from now.
Hardwood always makes a room look elegant, and it is pretty easy to keep clean, too, but hardwood will get scraped up and worn in high traffic areas over time. If you prolong hardwood to direct sunlight it can fade and it is not a good idea to put it in bathrooms or kitchens because of the water and humidity levels in those rooms that can cause it to crack and warp. Hardwood is also cold and hard underfoot and slippery for pets.
Tile is a durable substance that can be laid in a variety of patterns. It is great in bathrooms and kitchens as spills just sit on top until someone wipes them up. It also won’t warp when rooms get warm and damp, but again, tile is hard and cold underfoot. Tile is incredibly easy to keep clean and is great for those allergy sufferers among us. There is wood tile on the market now that gives the look of hardwood with the ease of tile. A renovation win-win.
Laminate is a type of hardwood. At least it is made to look like hardwood, but at a fraction of the cost. It is usually made by compressing a lot of layers of stuff together, it’s not ‘real’ wood but it looks and acts like it is. This is a good option if hardwood isn’t in the budget but you just have to have the look of hardwood.
Whatever you choose, make sure it is installed by professionals for best results. Floors that are kept clean and maintained will look great for years to come, so grab that broom, that vacuum or that mop and let’s get renovating!