Flooring plays a vital role in the look and feel of your home. You want materials that not only look great but are also comfortable and serve your family’s needs. You also have to make the right choice for each room. You probably wouldn’t want the same flooring in your bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. Let’s look at some of the most popular flooring options and how they work in different areas of your home.
Linoleum is a popular and economical choice for kitchens. It’s durable, easy to clean and available in countless styles and colors. Over time, however, it can get scratched and stained. To make it more resilient, apply a protective coating. You can also use linoleum in bedrooms, dining rooms and living rooms.
Hardwood floors give your home a warm and homey look. It’s a good choice if you want to use the same flooring material throughout your home. It’s equally appealing in a kitchen, bedroom or living room. You can choose among many types of wood such as walnut, cherry, oak and many others. Wood is not ideal for bathrooms, however, as it’s not particularly moisture-resistant.
If you prefer a material that’s resistant to stains and waterproof, vinyl is a great choice for your kitchen. One advantage it has over wood is that plates, mugs and other delicate items are less likely to break if dropped. It’s also quite economical. While more popular for kitchen flooring, it can also be used in other rooms.
Porcelain is extremely durable as well as aesthetically pleasing. Unlike cheaper ceramic tiles, porcelain is resistant to stains and spills. The only drawback to porcelain tile is that it tends to be costlier than most flooring options. If you can afford it, however, there’s no better flooring for the kitchen or bathroom. Porcelain keeps a room cool and doesn’t peel, making it ideal for warmer climates.
Cork is another good choice for the kitchen due to its resilience. It also provides a certain amount of cushioning so it’s a comfortable surface to stand and walk on while you’re cooking or passing through the kitchen. If you want to use materials that are sustainable and eco-friendly, cork is a great choice as well as it’s a renewable and biodegradable material.
Carpeting is one of the most popular types of flooring for bedrooms and living rooms. Carpets are especially good for cooler climates as they keep a room warmer and provide a cozy surface. Carpets do have their drawback. If you have pets, for example, you’ll find yourself constantly vacuuming to clean up fur. Carpets can also attract allergens and dust mites. The bottom line is that carpets are wonderful as long as you’re willing to put in the time keeping them clean. Because they don’t react well to spills or moisture, carpets are more suitable for the living room and bedrooms than to the kitchen or bathroom.
When planning your flooring, consider your budget, preferences and region. Some materials are more suitable for warmer or cooler temperatures. You also want to choose flooring that’s the right match for your lifestyle.
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