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Floors: More Than a Place to Stand

Home renovation is a hugely popular thing right now, throughout Oakville and the surrounding areas. More and more people are choosing to renovate their current homes than to buy a new one. While there are many components of home renovation, changing the flooring is perhaps the most popular. If you find  yourself bitten by the remodelling bug, you’ll need to know what flooring options you have, as well as how they stack up against one another. What are your flooring options?

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood is beautiful, durable and can be installed in a relatively short period of time. It does require some prep work to your existing floors (in the case of carpet), but can often be installed over others, like vinyl or concrete. Hardwood flooring is also available in almost any colour or grain pattern you might like, with a wide range of species available.

One consideration with hardwood flooring is the fact that it will have to be refinished at some point. The amount of traffic the floor sees daily will determine just how long it can go before refinishing is needed, but definitely consider this cost when purchasing your flooring.

Stone Floors

If you are looking for durability, you won’t do much better than stone floors. Stone like slate, limestone, travertine and marble can give you a range of different aesthetics, from elegant to relaxed. However, they’re all very durable and will hold up to wear and tear for the life of your home as long as you care for them properly.

Stone floors will need to be sealed against moisture. In addition, traffic can wear the seal off the floor, so it will need to be resealed every few years, depending on the amount of traffic in your home.

Carpeted Floors

Carpet is probably the most common type of flooring out there. It’s affordable, but there are high-end options available, too. Carpet comes in any colour you might want, but it will eventually need to be replaced due to wear and tear.

Carpeting can last for a relatively long time, with a high-end carpet having about a 10-year lifespan (when properly cared for). However, it will need to be replaced more frequently than other types of flooring.

Vinyl Floors

Vinyl floors are popular for areas like kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms and other places where moisture is a problem. However, this material can also be used in lieu of hardwood for those on a tight budget. It’s lower maintenance than carpeting, and can be pretty durable. Vinyl is durable, but low-grade vinyl can have a somewhat short lifespan, particularly in areas that see heavy traffic.

Cement Floors

Cement floors were once just something to be covered with carpet or vinyl. Today, with decorative stamping, texturing, tinting and overlay options, concrete can be a durable, beautiful option for any home.

Cement floors can last a lifetime, so long as they are properly sealed. In high traffic areas, you will need to reseal the floor every few years. You will also have to watch for things like plasticizer migration from mats and rug backing, which can discolour the floor.

Laminate

If you want the look and feel of hardwood, but don’t want to pay the price for wood flooring, then laminate options are the best solution. These can give you the look of any type of wood, but are synthetic constructions. They can last a very long time, and many are made from recycled or renewable resources, making them a great choice for those intent on going green.

Laminate is a great middle ground between vinyl and hardwood, but it has a lifespan of only about 20 years or so. In addition, improper care and maintenance can shorten that life considerably.



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