We walk on it, spill things on it, put our furniture on it, and often grumble when we have to clean it. Flooring runs the gamut from simple industrial grade, mono tone carpeting to high-end, natural stone tile; it can add a functional yet beautiful touch to any room.


Investing in Flooring

What kind of flooring does a space need? There is no short answer to that question. The process of picking out the right type of flooring can take some time, but is well worth the investment. Because the material you put under your feet should remain in place for quite some time, start by asking yourself what you will be using your flooring for.

Flooring Installation

Depending on the type of flooring you end up with, there are a variety of ways to install it. Carpeting is generally tacked; in some cases, they are glued down instead. Depending on the material of which it is made, tile is glued or cemented in place. Vinyl sheets can be rolled out and cut to fit, while stone slabs are often installed when the space is under construction. The important thing to remember is this: no mater how your flooring gets there, it must work for you. Kitchen spaces should be durable and easy to clean, while remaining pleasing to the eye. Entryways and foyers lend themselves to the use of exquisite, pricey marble tile; unless you plan on sustaining heavy traffic in those areas, in which case you might want to make a more utilitarian choice.

Types of Flooring

When it comes time to picking the right type of flooring, it helps to know what options are available. The basics include carpeting, laminates, vinyl, hardwood, and ceramic tile.

1. Carpeting

Carpeting ranges in quality and style. It comes in a variety of colors, and can be anything from industrial to tightly woven, thin, simple graded, deep, or plush. Carpeting serves either form, function, or both.

2. Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood is sometimes made of real wood. Other times, it is made of a material fashioned to resemble wood. Hardwood flooring adds warmth and luxury to a space. It is also relatively durable, although it is susceptible to warping from exposure to extreme moisture and temperature.

3. Vinyl Flooring

Often a win-win choice, vinyl flooring can be made to resemble virtually any other type of material while retaining its renowned durability. It is also fairly inexpensive.

4. Ceramic Flooring

Like the other forms of flooring, ceramic types can be cheap and utilitarian as well as expensive and luxuriant. Regardless of which you chose, be aware that a heavy weight will crack them equally and require repairs.