Developing a floor plan
INSTALLING NEW FLOORING is one of the most dynamic ways to transform
the look and feel of a home, but it’s also one of the more costly home-decor
decisions consumers make. According to the World Floor Covering Association
( www.wfca.org), the type of flooring you choose will determine not only the
mood of a room, but how practical it will be.
Because most types of flooring are relatively permanent, the flooring you
install should be tailored to the people who use it. Here are some pros and
cons of five popular flooring types.
Pros: Will usually last a lifetime. Easy to clean. Warm colors. Coordinates well
with almost any décor. Usually easy to repair when necessary.
Cons: May scratch or dent. Easily damaged by moisture (not recommended
for bathrooms); color can fade over time. May require professional installation.
Pros: Realistically simulates wood and other natural materials. Extremely
durable. Easy to clean. Can usually be installed throughout a home. Easier for
homeowners to install, depending on general home-improvement skill level.
One of the more affordable flooring options.
Cons: Quality varies greatly, depending on manufacturer. Though more durable
than wood, may scratch or dent.
Pros: Wide variety of styles, patterns, colors, textures and sizes. Can achieve
different looks and feels through installation techniques. Moisture resistant.
Easy to clean. Extremely durable.
Cons: Grout lines can stain if not properly installed. Costly to change design
or color scheme. May require professional installation. Should be resealed
regularly. Cost varies greatly, depending on the type of tile.
Pros: Wide variety of styles, patterns, colors and sizes. Water resistant. Tends
to be quiet and comfortable. Easy to clean; affordable.
Cons: Not terribly durable, depending on manufacturer and grade. Usually
requires professional installation.
Pros: Many colors and textures available. Warm, extremely comfortable and
quiet. Easy to replace.
Cons: Requires frequent vacuuming and should be professionally cleaned
every 12 to 18 months. Cleaning may require restretching. A
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