When building or renovating a house, an important thing to consider is what type of flooring to put in each room. 70% of all flooring in the United States is covered in carpeting. Other popular flooring options include hardwood floors, tile, and linoleum. Each flooring type has its advantages and disadvantages.
Carpet is a popular choice for several reasons. First, carpeting comes in several different types, including woven, needle-felted, knotted, tufted, and flatweave, allowing for many different design choices based on the desired aesthetic of the room. Carpeting is also good for keeping rooms warm in the winter, and, because it tends to be soft and plush, is a great choice for rooms where children will be spending a lot of time. One of the major disadvantages of carpet is that it requires frequent vacuuming to maintain cleanliness and texture, as well as the fact that it stains quite easily. Installing carpet is also quite labor intensive. Still, many people will choose carpet for its plush feel and general durability.
Hardwood flooring is another popular choice for installation. Generally considered more aesthetically pleasing, hardwood flooring often raises the property value of the home in which it is placed. Solid wood floors are easy to customize to the look of the house, as they can be sanded and re-stained or painted. Bamboo flooring, like most wood flooring, is extremely low-maintenance. To clean a bamboo floor, simply sweep or vacuum. If you wish, mopping is another option, as is cleaning with a non-wax, non-alkaline, hardwood or bamboo floor cleanser.
When considering flooring for a kitchen, laundry room, or bathroom, many people choose linoleum for its water resistance and ease of cleaning. Sheet linoleum can be purchased in an array of colors and patterns, and linoleum tiles can be arranged in infinite different designs. Installing linoleum flooring is as easy as applying adhesive and placing the flooring where you want it.
Whether you are tacking down carpet, placing hardwood planks, or installing linoleum flooring, there is a floor covering for every room in the home or office. Speak to a floor store in your area to see all your options. Good references.
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