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Flooring for Your Lifestyle

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In your design plan, there will be many crossroads and choices throughout the process. One of note is definitely going to be flooring. What works best for you and your family? And more importantly, what do you want to wake up to every day? All flooring options CAN work within your home, but to what degree of care, and upkeep are you expecting to face? Toback Builders is delighted to help you navigate this terrain!

Here you’ll find some of the options available to you, and how they’ll correlate to your household.


Carpet

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The first choice in comfort. No cold floors on the toes here, a great choice for bedrooms, and other living areas if so desired. Obviously, not a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms.


Pros:

1) Fantastic insulator.

2) less breaks to fragile items.

3) Limitless color options, and an array of textures, with multiple fabric options.

4) If and when necessary, replacement is easier than more expensive coverings.

5) Reduces acoustics. Noise doesn’t travel as well in carpeted areas.


Cons:

1) Susceptible to staining, and visibility of high traffic areas over time.

2) People prone to allergies might have higher sensitivities to allergens trapped by carpet fibers.

3) traps odors, especially from pets more easily than any other floor covering.

4) Can trap water damage, possible mold growth if not properly handled.


Laminate


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Still offers an appealing visual effect without breaking the bank.


Pros:

1) Lower cost per sq. ft. Allows funds to be directed to other areas of the house or simply save some money in the design process

2) Flexible style option, wood and stone available depending on manufacturers

3) Very durable. Some companies offering additional coatings to increase longevity of product

4) Can be installed over most existing floors (excluding carpet)

5) Can be installed without glue or fasteners. Allowing it to be removed and reused if desired


Cons:

1) Susceptible to water damage.

2) Cannot be refinished. Replacement is required for damage.

3) Poor insulating qualities.

4) Requires underlay for floating floor systems.


Hardwood

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An elegant choice for most living spaces. A covering that has stood the test of time and never gone out of style. Susceptible to moisture damage of course, avoid in bathrooms and kitchens.


Pros:

1) Durable. Longevity follows when cared for. Scratches can occur, yes; but hardwood can be resurfaced to a brand-new appearance

2) One of the few options where reclaimed flooring is possible. Antique wood from old structures is sometimes available. Big character bonus

3)Wood is a great natural insulator

4)Diverse colors, finishes, species make appearance options flexible


Cons:

1) Scratches easily from anything abrasive.

2) Can be completely ruined by excessive moisture/water, making replacement necessary.

3) Can possibly become noisy over time due to settling of house, loosening of fasteners, sub flooring variations etc.

4) if using reclaimed wood, finishing in place is often necessary which produces huge amounts of dust and particles throughout house.


Tile

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Tile opens up many doors of possibilities as far as color and appearance go. Allows for the greatest deal of creativity, and of course is kitchen and bathroom friendly.


Pros:

1) Greatest versatility. Endless varieties of colors and texture and sizes.

2) Highly durable. Can last for many years.

3) Low maintenance. Grout can need tending to but is not frequent.

4) Resists discoloring, stains, etc., due to its non-porous nature.

5) allows for individual tile replacement. isolated damage can be repaired without full replacement.



Cons:

1) Can crack from long-term structure settling, or flex in sub-flooring.

2) Is usually cold. makes a poor insulator.

3) Can be very slippery when wet.

4) Larger grout lines can be difficult for walkers & wheelchairs.


Vinyl

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A great option in kitchen and bath areas. Recent innovations in the industry allow for mimicking costlier textures as well.



Pros:

1) Low cost.

2) Versatile. Many color and texture options.

3) Low maintenance. Simple cleaning is all that’s necessary.

4) Excellent give. meaning better shock resistance, reducing breaks from falling objects, and more comfortable for long periods of standing.



Cons:

1) Susceptible to cuts and marring. Especially from dragging appliances.

2) Not renewable, repair requires full replacement.

3) If going with tiled vinyl, seams offer points of entry for water and moisture into underlayment/subflooring.



These examples should help give you some bearing on what you feel you want for your layout. To leave you with a few parting tips, ideally, entry ways and foyers are best to have a durable and inviting covering, where dirt, water and snow aren’t such a concern. What you choose for the rest of your living spaces will bear less of the brunt of of the punishment of what’s brought into your home in the long run.



Kitchens, where glassware is often dropped and other sharp objects are commonly present, make a high quality vinyl an ideal option, but of course there’s other choices. If you want to discuss further possibilities, or perhaps more exotic options and ideas not present in this article, Toback would love to discuss your design plan with you in detail.



Contact us today about your floor remodeling needs. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!




Until next time friends…
Nicole D., Tobacks' Resident Blogger

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