Residential Flooring Options for Your Tampa Home
Are you looking to put new flooring in your Tampa home? There are many options available to you, depending on your budget, tastes and which rooms you wish to remodel with new floors. Most homeowners are familiar with carpeting and hardwood floors, but there are more options available to you, which may be just the right material for your needs.
Carpeting is easier, faster and cheaper to install then wood flooring. It also comes with the added benefit of providing sound dampening and heat insulation for the rooms it is placed in. Carpeting can provide a strong pop of color into her room, and make it feel warm and inviting. It also helps hide dirt so it can be cleaned less often than other floors. However, carpeting is easy to stain, so avoiding situations that will cause spills can become very important. Carpeting flooring may lead to certain family habits such as not eating in carpeted rooms or removing shoes upon entering the house, in an effort to avoid stains. Certain carpet fibers can become crushed and matted over time; carpeting traditionally will only last 10-15 years in a home, which is far shorter than other options.
Hardwood flooring is hard to beat. It increases your homes property value and creates a timeless look. When sealed and maintained properly, hardwood works for virtually any room in your house. If maintained properly, hardwood floors can last hundreds of years and prove a valuable asset when it comes time to selling your home. Hardwood may be an expensive option, but it is a worthy option for any room in the house.
Tile flooring is made up of tiny pieces of ceramic, porcelain, glass or natural stone. While tiles are commonly square shaped, tiles can come in a variety of shapes to create different patterns along your floor. Tile is extremely resistant against moisture, which makes it a wonderful option for kitchens and bathrooms. Tile is also very long-lasting, and oftentimes can be quicker and easier to repair than flooring options that require boards. If ever they are damaged, individual tiles can be removed and replaced, as opposed to taking out entire sections of flooring just to replace a board or two.
Laminate flooring is composed of layers of synthetic flooring material. The top of each board or tile consists of a photo realistic image depicting would, stone, or some other material, which is then covered with a clear protective topcoat. Laminate flooring is budget friendly, very durable and low maintenance. Laminate flooring is not incredibly resistant against excessive moisture, so it is not always the best choice for kitchens or bathrooms. Some homeowners will also consider laminate flooring to be a “fake” or “cheap” option; a stigma that laminate flooring will always have to fight against.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Luxury vinyl flooring (also called luxury tile flooring) is an upgraded version of laminate flooring. The boards are significantly thicker and the photorealistic designs on top tend to look even sharper or closer to their real world counterparts. While more durable and visually appealing, luxury vinyl will be more costly than traditional laminate flooring, and still is not your strongest defense against excessive moisture.