The winter can do a number on carpeting, especially if you live in a snowy or wet area. Tracked dirt and mud, wear from hauling wood into the home, and high traffic from everyone being stuck inside can leave your carpets in need of a spring refresh. If you are considering ditching the carpet as part of your spring cleaning, consider one of these flooring options to give your home a new and fresh appeal.
Luxury vinyl is a relatively cost effective option that will transform the look of your home quickly. The flooring is very easy to clean, which can be a refreshing change after dealing with scrubbing spots out of carpets. Luxury vinyl is also easy to install without the help of a professional. The downside of luxury vinyl is that it may be susceptible to staining and it has virtually no resistance to flames.
Laminate flooring can be cost effective or luxurious, depending on the type that you select. Like vinyl flooring, laminate is easy to install and can even be lain over subfloors that have minor bumps and uneven patches. Laminate flooring is easy to completely clean and brightens up a space. Laminate flooring is also resistant to staining and limited flame exposure, though moisture exposure may become problematic over time. This flooring option is a greener solution than carpeting or vinyl tile.
Solid hardwood flooring is a very sustainable and environmentally friendly solution that can last for hundreds of years with proper care. Hardwood floors may take a little work to clean, but with regular maintenance will look as beautiful as they do the day that you install them. Even after removing hardwood floors, the wood can be recycled or burned as fuel, reducing the impact to the environment. Hardwood floors are highly durable and resistant to staining, flame, and most types of wear and tear.
Concrete flooring is trending as a modern alternative. Concrete floors can be acid-stained, painted, and personalized in many different ways to give your space the look and feel that you want. The flooring option is very easy to clean as long as it is sealed properly and is a great long-term solution. Cost wise, a basic concrete floor can be comparable to laminate and vinyl tile. The option is also convenient because carpeting, laminate, and other solutions can be easily laid over the concrete if you wish to change it later.
If you are considering upgrading your carpeting to a new type of flooring, call Flooring HQ today and speak with one of our experts.