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Advantages & Disadvantages of Popular Flooring Types
Often, building or remodeling a home can feel overwhelming due to the vast number of decisions you have to make. Flooring replacement doesn’t have to be a difficult choice – just an informed one. Make sure you understand the advantages and disadvantages of popular flooring types so that you can make the best decision for your home.
What Are the Most Popular Flooring Types?
There are numerous styles and adaptations for different types of flooring, but we have compiled the four most popular choices of homeowners, as well as considerations you need to take for each one.
Advantages: Carpet is softer, warmer, and more comfortable than other floorings. It is also relatively inexpensive to replace (as opposed to hardwood).
Disadvantages: Carpet can get dirty and wear out quickly if not maintained. Additionally, carpet can harbor allergens and pollutants deep inside the fibers, especially if the home contains pets. This can reduce indoor air quality and cause health problems for individuals with respiratory issues.
2. Hardwood Floors
Advantages: Well-cared-for hardwood floors are durable and elegant looking. They are versatile for styling and easy to keep clean with a broom and dustpan.
Disadvantages: Hardwood is more expensive and requires maintenance. Moisture will ruin hardwood if not tended to immediately. Hardwood also needs to be refinished occasionally.
Disadvantages: While you can choose from a variety of looks and styles, tile may not present the “homey” feel you will want for your family’s living areas. Additionally, it can be difficult to scrub the grout within the tile.
Choosing the Right Flooring for Your Home
• Do you have kids?
• Do you have pets?
• Is comfort or style more important to you?
• What is the climate like where you live?
There is no rule that you have to choose one flooring for your entire home. You may choose to have carpet in the bedrooms, tile in the kitchen and bathrooms, and hardwood everywhere else. Part of the beauty of home ownership is that you get to make the decisions!
If you still aren’t sure what type of flooring is best for you, don’t be afraid to contact an industry expert.