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Floors: Not Just For Standing

October 29, 2013

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If you’re thinking about changing your flooring, consider these important points before making your decision:                

  • Do you plan on staying in your home more than five years?
  • Do you prefer trendy or timeless?
  • Should it match a color scheme or stay neutral?
  • Are there trends in tile size, for floors and tub and shower surrounds?
  • What are the different types of carpets and are some better for specific purposes?

Before you proceed with your floor project, be sure to define your needs. Once you know your lifestyle requirements, the rest of the decision-making process will be easier. If you plan to stay in your home more than five years, go ahead and be creative. Choose flooring that matches your personality and color schemes. On the other hand, if you plan on moving within five years, stay neutral to make selling your home easier.

Also, consider whether you may be redecorating anytime soon. Neutrals will make it easier to match new furnishings and window treatments if you decide to change color schemes.

If you’ve got high traffic, look for style with durability. Ceramic tile or multi-colored Berber carpet can give you great look that will last.

Keep in mind that current trends are large tiles (13- to 18- inch), and the same holds true for surface and wall tiles in the living and bath area. If you’ve been to a home show lately, or have walked through some of the new model homes (which, incidentally, is a great way to get ideas) you’ll see that larger tiles are the rage, even in showers and tub surrounds.

Although Berber or loop carpets are definitely “in” and offer lots of great style options, cut pile carpets will remain in style much longer. The 1960′s and 1970′s brought in the shag and sculptured pile carpets, but cut pile has been in style for more than 40 years, so it’s fairly safe to put it in the timeless category. If you do choose a Berber or looped carpet, be prepared to replace it in six or seven years if trends shift.

Hardwood and manufactured woods also have made a comeback, and are frequently replacing parquet or laminate floors. With a variety of styles and compositions, wood flooring may be the ideal complement to your style.

One of the newest flooring looks is stained or stamped concrete, however, it is used primarily in new construction. The stain used is acid-based and reacts to the surface it is applied to. Any glue, paint, chalk marks of residue on the concrete will cause discoloration in those areas. For instance, if the concrete were marked with paint to indicate specifications during the building process, those words would show through so as a replacement floor during remodeling, it may not be an option.

Grout lines are simulated, requiring very little maintenance. It’s easy to clean once a sealant is applied and the cost is about $2 less than ceramic for new construction. Coupled with the unique style, the benefits of this type of flooring make it well worth considering when building a new home.

When making your final decision, keep in mind, that trends are always changing. If you stick with basic colors and styles and choose quality materials, your floors will last, beautifully, for many years to come.

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