New Floors to Refresh Your Space
When it comes to making your home feel fresh and alive again, there are many ways to refresh your space. Simple DIY tricks and tips can breathe new life into old rooms, but if you want to dramatically change the look of your home, think about getting new floors—it’s easier than you think. Today’s flooring innovations make changing the look of floors easier and more affordable. The right flooring can meet or exceed your design inspirations and give you the space you’ve been looking for.
However, how do you know which flooring option to choose? Besides personal styles and color preferences, knowing how to choose flooring can be an easier decision when you consider a few important factors.
The type of room can help decide what flooring is right for you. If the new floor will be in a high moisture area like a full bathroom or below grade like a basement, solid hardwood flooring should be avoided. If you’re keen on the look of wood, try laminate flooring or luxury vinyl planks that do a great job of copying the look of traditional hardwood.
Have kids, pets or love to entertain? Rooms that experience lots of traffic can get a boost with durable floors. Consider floors like bamboo, stone, tile, laminate or luxury vinyl flooring. Solid hardwood floors are durable as well but may need to be refinished to restore them to their original glory.
Thinking about DIY flooring? Doing a DIY floor install can help shrink overall costs, but your mileage will vary depending on what you choose to install. Floating floor types like laminate, engineered hardwood or luxury vinyl are great for beginners.
Protect your investment. All floor types will require a cleaning routine to keep them looking their best. However, luxury vinyl and laminate floors are known for their extreme low-maintenance qualities.
Highly sought-after flooring type. Can increase home value and resale price. Comes in a variety of colors, finishes and styles to fit your personality. Can be refinished over its lifetime so it doesn’t need to be replaced.
Differs from laminate in that engineered hardwood has a top layer of natural wood. Thicker than laminate. Can be installed in basements. Easier installation than hardwood.
Durable, DIY-friendly alternative to hardwood. Top of laminate boards have photo-realistic image of hardwood. Easy to clean and resists stains and scratches well. Can be installed over existing floors.
Natural stone can increase the value of your home. New innovations can make materials mimic natural surfaces like wood. Waterproof, great choice for kitchens and bathrooms.
Can mimic natural surfaces like wood and stone. Comes in planks, sheets or tiles to make installation easier. Can be installed over existing floors. Extremely durable, waterproof and low maintenance. Great budget-minded option.