Re-Flooring Your Home: Material Buying Guide

 

With flooring, durability is a desirable attribute, but there comes a time when you want something new. With the variety of materials you can find today, wanting a change may simply be a matter of aesthetics. Regardless of your reason for re-flooring, this guide will be helpful.

  • Vinyl: Tough, attractive, and relatively inexpensive, it is easy to see why this remains one of the most popular flooring options. It is comfortable for bare feel, and manufacturers keep producing new, attractive patterns. Price range is from $1 to $5 per square foot
  • Carpeting: This comes in various colors and is the ultimate in comfort. Prices and installation costs vary. The main downside is the high maintenance. Carpets when not cleaned properly can lead to an increased in allergen levels in the home. This can be tough on young children and anyone with a respiratory illness. Price is an average of $5 per square foot on average
  • Hardwood: This is tough and attractive, and while it requires maintenance, this is not frequent. It is not the best option for high traffic areas, but the biggest drawback is the high cost for materials and installation. Price range from $3 to $12 per square foot.
  • Laminate: This is the ideal option for people who want the look of wood or other expensive materials for a lower cost. Thanks to modern technology, laminate matches wood grain, stone and ceramic effectively. It is durable, which makes it ideal for high traffic areas but some types can get stained. Price range from $0.50 to $3 per square foot.
  • Ceramic tiles: With the wide variety of styles, patterns colors and sizes, it is guaranteed that you can find tiles to match any type of decor. It is tough and scratch resistant, and easy to clean. It requires expert installation, so it is usually the best option for do-it-yourself. Price range from $1 to $20 per square foot.
  • Concrete: This is not the first option for many, but it can be stained or textured to give an interesting look. Since many homes already have an existing concrete slab, this is one of the cheapest flooring options.
  • Bamboo: This is great for anyone who wants to take the eco-friendly approach to flooring. It is tough, and its natural look adds warmth to any interior. It can be stained or painted to suit your decor. Price range is from $5 to $7 per square foot.

Choosing flooring is not all about cost. Carefully consider the look of your home, and the amount of foot traffic you expect, whether from animals or people. You should also consider installation costs to help you make the right choice. Give us a call at 802-862-4754 if we can help you choose the best new flooring for your home. Our installers can make the process quick and painless.