Step Up to New Flooring

By: Zachary Dresel

Transform your home’s look from the ground up

Floors take quite a beating. We walk all over them every day, we spill food and drink on them, and they get stained. A blemished floor can ruin an otherwise beautiful room. If your carpet is stained beyond the ability to be cleaned or your wood floor is gouged and scuffed, maybe it is time to think about replacing it.

I know, I know, replacing your floor is a big hassle, but if your floor is looking worse for wear, replacing it could freshen up your home and make you the envy of all your friends.

Hip to be square

Besides, putting in a new floor doesn’t have to be hard. You can do it yourself! Carpet tiles are easy to install and look just as good as a roll carpet. Carpet tiles are a great choice if you have messy children. When the carpet is inevitably stained (even though you told them not to run with their juice box) it is easy to fix. If a simple cleaning doesn’t help, you can just remove the stained tile and replace it with a new one. Or if it’s an emergency, like you spilled a glass of wine an hour before your dinner guests arrive and you don’t have extra tiles, you can take out the stained tiles and replace them with the clean ones that are hidden under your furniture.

Ceramic tile floors are an especially popular choice and it isn’t hard to see why. With countless colors, patterns and sizes available to choose from, you can customize your floor to be unique and wholly your own. Tile also holds up well under heavy traffic and is easy to clean. It can be challenging to install, so professional installation is recommended, but the extra cost is well worth it.

Woodn’t it be nice?

Hardwood floors are always fashionable and if properly sealed and maintained, can last for decades. With a wide variety of woods and finishes you should have no problem finding combinations to complement your home’s look. Acacia flooring is popular right now, says Jackson Gray of Wood Monters, but classicssuch as birch and maple never go out of style. Cork is a great choice for the environmentally conscious. Hand-scraped hardwood floors are in style and quite impressive. Aside from being durable, scraped wood has an ancient look perfect for a home with a rustic theme.

If you’re a weekend do-it-yourselfer, consider high-density fiber click floors, recommends Gray. These engineered wood panels are easy to install. They just click together and they are available in all the same varieties as solid wood flooring. Popularized by the Pergo brand about 15 years, these click-together systems now come in a variety of finishes and price points.

Consider color, materials

It is important to consider the color of your flooring before beginning your project. Lighter colors will make a room feel open and bright, especially in areas that get a large amount of light. Dark colors may be beautiful, but they can also cause a room to look smaller and so might not be best suited for smaller rooms.

No matter what type of flooring you are considering, it is most important to consider the needs of the room. For instance, carpets in rooms like the kitchen or bathroom are prime candidates for stains and water damage. In high traffic areas, a more durable material like wood or tile will maintain its appearance longer. For added warmth and color, area rugs make a good choice. Rugs can be changed easily to create a new look for the room.