The right floor can help your rooms have an atmosphere of their own, whether its carpet, laminate, or tile flooring. Those trying to sell a home may want to know what the American public is looking for. Homeowners too may wonder what flooring is right for their home along with the pros and cons of each material.
Linoleum is a laminated material made up of plant matter that has been ground up. Because linoleum flooring uses natural products, it is considered a green option for those looking for an environmentally friendly installation. Linoleum floors often come with a warranty for up to 25 years, although generally a linoleum floor is designed to last for over 40 years with proper maintenance.
A wooden floor can be made from a variety of materials: Red Walnut and Brazilian Teak are some of the hardest available while Pine and Fir represent some of the softest woods. Many homebuyers favor hardwood flooring because it does not harbor mites or allow for molds to grow, making it a friendly flooring solution for those who suffer from allergies.
Ceramic and laminate tile is favorable for kitchens and bathrooms due to its ability to withstand moisture. When properly stacked and sealed, a tile floor is a durable, modern way to accent any kitchen or bathroom.
Carpet installation is responsible for nearly 70% of all flooring in the U.S. Carpets can be made from a variety of natural and synthetic fibers: a wool or a wool-acrylic blend is a popular choice due to its durability and how easily the fibers take to being dyed. Although carpets are a comfortable and popular option, consider that a carpet installation may last for around 10 years before the fibers start to lose their texture. A woven carpet that has been made on a loom may last longer; around 20 to 30 years with proper care and maintenance.