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The Best Choice in Flooring for Your Home

The type of flooring you invest in for your home depends on your wants, needs, and above all your budget.  There are some things you will want to keep in mind when choosing flooring for your home.  Carpet is a perfect addition to bedrooms where you want cozy, comfortable flooring under your feet however, carpet in a bathroom doesn’t make any sense.

As a home improvement specialist, it is important to guide homeowners looking to redo their flooring in options that are available to them.

Hardwood – Natural

Hardwood has always been a popular option for homeowners throughout history.  Natural hardwood is a popular high-end material in flooring. Hardwood flooring is a classic option that homeowners often choose for its durability and longevity.  Hardwood is made to be used for years and years.  It can be stripped and refinished, creating a brand-new floor for your family to enjoy.  It is a great option for homeowners looking to increase the value of their home.

Hardwood – Engineered

Another option similar to hardwood by less expensive is engineered hardwood floors.  Similar to natural hardwood, engineered hardwood can be sanded down and refinished which makes it a good option not only for the homeowner but for future buyers.  They are also not as vulnerable as hardwood when it comes to expansion and contraction.  Once the floor is in place there is less chance for buckling.

The best rooms in your house for hardwood, either natural or engineered are living rooms, dining rooms and low traffic rooms such as a guest room.  Hardwood is noisier than other options in flooring.  Many homeowners combat this issue with the use of throw rugs.

 Tile

Tile is a wonderful option for homes where moisture and humidity issues are common.  Many homes in southern states will use ceramic tiles throughout the entire home for this reason.  Tile can be a bit costlier to install than other flooring but the savings from water protection and its overall durability make the extra expense worth it.  Tile is not only available in a number of colors it also comes in a variety of shapes, textures, and looks.  Tile is extremely versatile from mirroring the look of wood or a fancy mosaic you can rest assured as a homeowner that you are purchasing durable flooring when you have tile installed.

The best rooms in your home to install tile are the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and foyer spaces.  It cleans up well and can handle high levels of moisture.  It is also a great option to use throughout the home if you pair it with throw rugs.

Carpet

Carpeting is a natural choice for many homeowners looking to redo the flooring in their home. It is relatively inexpensive and easily provides wall-to-wall coverage without too much preparation on the homeowner’s part. Carpet can be purchased with a protective coating that allows it to repel stains which is good for households that include kids both two and four legged.  Another benefit of carpet is the vast number of options to choose from.

The best rooms in your home to install carpet are bedrooms and family rooms.  Carpet is appealing because it emits the feeling of comfort and warmth.  To create an even cozier feel with carpet choose a top-quality pad to go under it.  The padding that you choose can even help increase the longevity of your carpet, allowing it to age gracefully along with your home and family.

One of the benefits of improving your home with new flooring is that you have a lot of choices.  The selection doesn’t need to be the same throughout.  Homeowners can easily use a combination of flooring materials to create a space that best works for them.  As with any home renovation it is best to meet with a home improvement professional to achieve the results you are looking for.

JFC Remodeling is a full-service licensed contractor out of Howell, Michigan.  Specializing in kitchen and bathroom renovations, flooring upgrades, and home remodeling services.  More information can be found online at https://jfcremodeling.com/.

Finished Basement Flooring Options

When it comes to finishing your basement one of the biggest concerns is the flooring. Basement floors are often just a concrete slab.  Before choosing flooring for your basement it is imperative to determine if a moisture barrier had been laid down previously or if you will be dealing with moisture seeping through the concrete slab.  Most often when it comes to basement slabs a concrete moisture barrier is not present.  This leads to issues that are common when homeowners wish to finish their basements.

If you are unsure if a moisture barrier is present underneath the concrete slab in your basement the easiest method to figure it out involves some time and plastic garbage bags.  Lay a few plastic bags out over the concrete basement slab and tape them into place.  After a few days check to see if the plastic bags feel wet or feel like they contain any moisture on the underside of the bag.  If moisture is present than your basement slab does not have a moisture barrier present and this will limit your flooring choices.

If you want to keep your options open when it comes to flooring in your basement consider a waterproofing the basement floor. This will allow you to choose more openly what you desire for the flooring within your basement.  Carpet is a common want in cold, damp basements.  The floor should be waterproofed as well as cellulose underlayment before padding and carpet is laid.  This will help to create a moisture proof floor in your basement with carpet flooring.

Free floating engineered flooring is a great option in basement flooring.  A foam underlayment allows the flooring to float the basement floor.  This underlayment creates a space that balances any unevenness in the flooring as well as providing a moisture barrier.

Laminate flooring is yet another option in basement flooring that is popular.  When using laminate flooring, the look and feel can be warmed up using throw rugs throughout the basement space.  Laminate is only a good choice in basements that have relatively low moisture levels because the backing is susceptible to bubbling in spaces with higher moisture.

Ceramic tile can be installed in basement flooring as well.  This is a great option however one that does tend to add to the coldness already associated with basements.  If you are installing ceramic tile note that low moisture basement ceramic tile will last longer than if placed in high moisture basements.

If all and all you decide the flooring options in the basement are too risky and to dependent on moisture look into painting your basement floor.  Even with high moisture levels concrete paint will adhere to the floor and will last a fair amount of time in between maintenance.  Add warmth with throw rugs that can easily be picked up, washed and dried.

Jason Foldenauer Construction, out of Howell and Brighton Michigan, offers a variety of home renovations to clients ranging from kitchen and bathroom remodeling to home additions and storage sheds.  Contact http://www.jfcremodeling.com today for your entire home renovating needs.