aCarpet, Tile or Wood: A Flooring Guide

So you’re moving to a new house. This will be exciting. You have a lot to do and plan for. One of the main things you need is good flooring in your home. The search for the perfect flooring can be daunting. There are numerous options to choose from and there are a number of factors to consider. Durability and cost are the main concerns of homeowners when looking for flooring materials before they move.

There is a lot to do to have your home ready, and the flooring is just part of it. Make sure that when the time is right, you contact movers who can get the job done right and save you money along the way. Consider Allied Van Lines for your moving needs. Then when your new home is ready to move in, all your belongings will be there too. That will make it feel like you are really home.

2018 flooring trends

2018 is an exciting year for any homeowner who is looking to have a glamorous, durable and less expensive floor in their homes. The ever-growing size of tiles is interesting. Currently, you can get tiles with a size of 24×48 inches. In addition, concrete looks have found more fans this year than ever. While the wood look is still intact, tile planks are getting longer. Inkjet technology is working wonders as many realistic looks, durability, as well as maintenance benefits are concerned.

The flooring for your home is very important. That could be the reason why there are a lot of emerging trends in this sector. We have broken down the latest flooring trends into the top 5 flooring trends in 2018 below.

  • Blonde flooring

Blonde is just in and it gives your room a bigger look and it also works with any décor.

  • Wood-look flooring

As much as wood-look flooring didn’t begin in 2018, it has been a hot trend for years. Specifically, vinyl, laminate, as well as ceramic tile. This is a favorite for homeowners.

  • Waterproof flooring

When you think of waterproof flooring, tiles will no longer be the only option that comes to your mind. If you’re a busy homeowner, waterproof vinyl, laminate, as well as carpet, won’t disappoint you.

  • Textured flooring

It mimics classic hardwood and it works on floors in laminate, wood and many more.

  • Eco-friendly flooring

In 2018, people are concerned about the origin of their floor materials. Homeowners are going for recyclable, natural, renewable and home-grown materials.

Flooring materials and costs

It is prudent to compare materials and their costs between different vendors before making a decision of what materials and where to buy. While costs might be a good starting point, let it not be your only buying guide. Remember, you are investing in your home, a place where you will probably spend the rest of your life. With that in mind, the following are some materials and their estimated costs that might be helpful.

  • Vinyl tiles

This is the most pocket-friendly flooring materials in the market. With about $1-4 per square foot, you will have your flooring materials.

  • Laminate flooring

You can get a square foot laminate flooring material for $1 to $6. It is very cost effective.

  • Linoleum floors

With about $2 to $3, you can get a square foot long material. The cost will also depend on colors as well as design schemes.

  • Hardwood floors

Depending on the width as well as the quality of the boards, they cost around $5 to $15 dollars per square foot.

  • Vinyl sheet

It costs around $1 to $5 per square foot.

You pay for what you get

It is important to note that the prices above are exclusive of installation costs. In addition, there are quite a number of types of flooring materials out there. The more you invest in your flooring materials and even installation, the more you are likely to get durable, quality materials.

Carpeting vs. wood floors

Wood floors are usually associated with style, elegance, richness, as well as old fashion touch. It has many pros that overshadow some of its cons. It is easy to clean and amazingly durable. They don’t go out of fashion or style.

On the other hand, carpets are known for warmth. They are soft and comfortable to walk on or sit on. They are ‘friendly’ to kids. It is also less noisy as compared to its counterpart, wood floors.

What really sets the two types of flooring apart is the ease to clean. While it is very easy to clean a wooden floor, carpeted floors take a lot of work.

Build a floor that doesn’t squeak

The structural framing of floors is a good starting point to build a squeak-free floor. Framing will go a long way to ensure your floor doesn’t squeak and prevent cracking, gapping or even bulging that is associated with carpet floors.

Before you embark on a journey to build the floor, plan ahead. Work out the details in advance. This will enable you to build a superior floor. There is a lot that goes into building such a floor, and if you are a person who pays attention to detail, you will get it right.