All About Flooring
Hardwood floors are very popular, durable, easy to maintain and great if anyone in your home has allergies or you have pets. They work well in high traffic areas too. Keep in mind that they can usually scratch if heavy furniture is moved or show nail marks from household pets, so just be aware of that upfront. It's recommended to put protective pads under the legs of heavy furniture to keep your floors in good shape.
Re-sanding and refinishing your hardwood floors is always and option if there is damage but it can be expensive and somewhat of a hassle as the fumes are unpleasant so it may require you to temporarily stay somewhere else overnight while they cure. If you think your next home may need some hardwood floor repair, it's best to have that done prior to you moving in for less disruption to your family.
Carpet floors are popular due to their supreme sensory comfort, noise reduction and wide range of colors and textures. It's relatively easy to clean but does trap allergens and pet hair more than hardwood floors. And pet urine can be a problem especially if it is a repeated offense and soaks through to your carpet pad underneath your actual carpet. It can be a bear to keep clean and also comes with a lingering smell that is not easy to remove. Carpet is actually more common in living rooms and bedrooms these days as it does offer a cozy vibe and makes playtime fun for children.
Tile floors are very popular, durable, easy to maintain and great if anyone in your home has allergies or you have pets. Tile is common in kitchens and bathrooms these days. It is super easy to scrub, doesn't trap odors as much and comes in porcelain, ceramic and stone variations so the style possibilities are endless. Tile can also be maintained by sealing the tile and the grout to prevent dirt buildup.
Vinyl flooring is the most affordable choice. It's relatively easy to clean and comes in a wide range of colors and patterns these days. Vinyl floors are fairly durable with small pets but can be damaged by larger ones and sliding heavy furniture and appliances across them. The newer varieties of vinyl flooring are more durable and safe so you can find some incredibly versatile styles to compliment your decor.
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