The Top 3 Flooring Types Home Buyers Prefer
April 30, 2016 Francine Jones 0 Comments
Choosing flooring for a home is one of the most important choices a person can make. This floor will be in place for years so careful consideration must be made before making a selection. Things to consider are its use, does it match the décor and is it practical.
Oak is the most popular type of hardwood and comes in a variety of colors. These colors make it possible to choose a floor that is not only long lasting and easy to put down but will blend in beautifully with the surroundings. Many older homes will sport a hardwood floor that is just as gorgeous as the day it was laid. Regular hardwood is not recommended for use below ground level. The average price is around $3.49 per square foot. They come in plank, wide plank and strip.
Both solid hardwood and engineered hardwood are available. “Engineered wood flooring is built up of layers of wood. It consists of three to ten layers, called plies that are glued together. This multi-ply structure gives engineered wood superior stability, greater than solid wood…Engineered wood can be installed below ground level…” www.armstrong.com.
The average price of this type of flooring is $1.88 and up, per foot, depending on type of wood, thickness and so forth. It is an excellent choice for those wanting a less expensive but durable floor.
Hardwood floors do take a little bit more maintenance in order to keep attractive. It is important to keep your floor swept up with a broom or dust mop to remove any loose dirt before it can be ground into and/or scratch the surface of your floor. Clean up any spills right away, and never clean your floor with a wet mop. Once or twice a year, you should wax your hardwoods to ensure that they are sealed and protected.
Laminate is available in a number of different styles and is an excellent regular wood imitation. Hickory, Oak, Teak, Bamboo and Chicory are just a few of the different types available. Prices run from as low as 69 cents a square foot to $1.89 in most stores.
It has an AC rating that measures its durability with 5 being most durable. This flooring is easy to lay and is especially popular with people who want to do their own work. When cleaning your laminate floors, you must use a soap-free laminate floor cleaner.
Tile is a very popular flooring choice and comes in a variety of materials like ceramic, cement, porcelain, and many different stone materials like travertine and slate. There are many different colors and designs to choose from, you are able to customize your home however you want. You can have tiles set into a pattern, and there are even tiles that give the illusion of a wood floor. Depending on the material you choose, prices can be anywhere from $2 to $15 per square foot just for the materials, installation will be extra. Tile is very easy flooring product to take care of and maintain.