The floors in a home are one of the most used elements and consequently usually get replaced first during a remodel. If you are a homeowner who wants to replace the floors in one or more rooms in your home, you may want to consider some of the most popular materials and styles.
The most common flooring in most homes is hardwood, carpet or stone tile. There are some options that are more popular and suit larger homes better than others. No matter what material you choose, make sure it is installed by an experienced professional who knows how to work with it to deliver the best finished project.
There is both engineered wood and natural wood available on the market today, but natural wood has a more unique style and often costs more than other options. People often choose wood strips, which are 3 inches wide or less, or wood planks, which are over 3 inches wide. These can be installed either length or width-wise across the room depending on which dimension the builder wants to emphasize. Popular types of wood include pine, oak, poplar, bamboo and more exotic woods like Brazilian cherry and tigerwood.
Ceramic tile remains a popular option for floors especially in the kitchen and bathrooms. The wide variety of colors, patterns and sizes makes this a very customizable choice. Expert home remodelers frequently choose uniquely-shaped tiles or use more than one color or pattern to add extra interest.
Natural stone tile floors add a feel of natural opulence to any room. Although it is more expensive than ceramic, stone creates a certain look all its own. Popular choices include sandstone, marble, granite and slate.
Unique Floor Options
Some other unique choices include wood inlay and wood tiles arranged in mosaic patterns or even a basic checkerboard pattern. Stone tiles can be laid out in a mosaic as well instead of straight lines. Consider painting a wooden floor in a bright color, pattern or using stencils. People have even made floors from pennies, leather belts, dyed cement, brown paper and bottle caps. These highly unusual options are best suited for smaller spaces such as wet bars, the basement, or a half bath . When it comes time to remodel your floors or renovate your home, no matter which option you choose, it is important to not only keep in mind what you and your family will enjoy the most but also what will be the most sustainable for your lifestyle and what will keep its resale value should it ever come time to put the house on the market.