With the wide range of options available at your neighborhood flooring store, it’s hard for many consumers to select the one that fits best in their home. If you decide against carpeting, then there are many other possible choices. Linoleum and hardwood flooring are two of the ones most often looked at for a newer house.
Linoleum flooring is among the lower cost options out there on the market. Many public buildings like churches, schools and hospitals choose linoleum not only for its affordability, but its durability as well. Linoleum floors have been proven to be durable in even very high traffic areas. This makes them an especially good choice in bathrooms or kitchens in homes with kids and/or pets. In addition to the durability, linoleum flooring has a water resistant surface. This is another reason to strongly consider this type of floor in places like kitchens and bathrooms where there are likely to be a lot of spills. Color and design choices for linoleum are abundant, so you will probably find one that fits the style of the room you want to install it.
Speaking of installation, linoleum flooring is easier to install than most others. Even some amateurs can do it without the help of flooring contractors. Linoleum is relatively easy to repair and maintain. Most spills and dirt can be cleaned with some water and a little bit of elbow grease. All in all, linoleum is a decent flooring choice, especially for those on a tighter budget and those that would prefer to install it themselves.
Hardwood flooring is definitely a step up from linoleum. Hardwood is a bit more expensive, but it adds warmth, elegance, and natural beauty to any room of the house. In fact, in many cases these floors will more than pay for themselves with the value they will add to the home. Another advantage to choosing hardwood flooring is that it’s durable. If this type of floor is maintained properly, it can last a lifetime.
Like with linoleum, maintenance is fairly easy with hardwood flooring. Most of the time, all that is needed to keep it clean is a daily sweep and a weekly mop. Wood cleaner should also be used from time to time to keep up the shine and beauty of the floor. Hardwood is a great choice for homes with a large and open floor plan. It goes well in living rooms, dining rooms, and family rooms.
Hardwood flooring may not be the best option for kitchens and bathrooms, as the tendency for spills and water leaks can warp the wood. For this same reason, check the level of humidity and possibility of moisture issues before installing it in a basement. Installation is more difficult with hardwood than with linoleum flooring. Unless you are a qualified “handy man”, it may be best to get in touch with one of the flooring contractors at your local flooring store to install it for you.