6 Flooring Choices

Written by  //  August 8, 2012  //  Home Structure  //  2 Comments

Is it time for you to rip up the linoleum on the playroom floor? Are the tiles in your kitchen faded, cracked or just plain ugly? Maybe your living room carpeting is discolored or simply out of date, and in desperate need of replacement. Fortunately, you have multiple choices for covering your floors although linoleum in the family room or carpeting in the kitchen can certainly be a terrible match. Whatever room you’re considering for a makeover, there is a flooring choice for you, offering various levels of installation ease, maintenance, durability and cost.

1. Carpeting — Used in most rooms of the house except for bathrooms and the kitchen, carpeting can be the easiest choice, although you may find it difficult to handle and install on your own. Carpeting can also be difficult to maintain and, unless you have spare strips present, can be a bear to replace if torn or worn sections are present.

Carpeting prices are all over the map too and depend largely on the grade carpeting you choose. For durability, you’ll need to know its fiber type as well as its twist and density. Its stain and soil resistance, performance appearance rating and warranty are other factors to consider when choosing carpeting. You’ll need a variety of tools to get this job done including a power stretcher, a tack strip cutter, a razor knife, a knee kicker, a stair tool, a hand stapler, a hammer, a top cutter, a carper knife and a wall trimmer.

2. Ceramic tile — Bathrooms and kitchens are natural choices for putting down ceramic tile. You’ll find tile in pantry rooms and occasionally in Florida rooms or in other areas of the house where indoor and outdoor living are combined.

Ceramic tile can be handled with ease and installation is fairly simple and straightforward. Ceramic is durable, very easy to maintain and is naturally water-resistant. Pricing, however, can set you back with large kitchen projects featuring tiles from $2.50 per square foot. In a 15×30 kitchen you’ll pay $1,125 for the tiles alone. Tools needed include knee pads, a level, a measuring tape, a chalk line, a notched trowel, spacers, a tile cutter, an electric drill and a mop with a cleaning agent.

3. Hardwood — Hard wood is beautiful, adds value to the home and can be installed fairly easily. Choose unfinished or prefinished strips in a variety of color schemes.

Hardwood is durable, very easy to maintain and looks great. You’ll find hardwood in any room of the house with some homeowners even laying strips down in their bathrooms. Pricing varies depending on style chosen, with $3 to $6 per square foot common. You’ll need several tools to get this job done including a utility knife, tapping block, a miter saw, a pry bar, a mallet and a pair of safety glasses.

4. Parquet tiles — Parquet is typically found in bedrooms, hallways and living rooms, a type of tile prized for its warm appearance and ease of installation. Parquet may make an appearance in other rooms too including the dining room, kitchen and even a bathroom.

Parquet tiles are durable, a cinch to maintain and can range from the moderately priced to the expensive. Tiles adhere to the floor with adhesive and require you to have a jigsaw, hammer, a square and a floor roller on hand to get the job done.

5. Sheet vinyl — The cheapest flooring you can buy is sheet vinyl. It can also be the most difficult to install.You’ll need to have a carpenter’s square, a 100-pound roller, a tape measure and a vinyl cutting knife for this job.

Despite its low price, vinyl can be durable and look good in a kitchen, bathroom or playroom. Make sure that your floor is dry, clean and flat before you begin your installation project.

6. Vinyl tiles — Why do some homeowners choose vinyl tile? Because it is low-priced, easy to afford and still quite durable. You’ll find vinyl in kitchens, bathrooms, play rooms and in pantries, a quality material that is easy to keep clean.

Vinyl can be had from 69 cents a square foot which explains its appeal. A 12×12 room can be covered for just $31.05, for one the most cost effective flooring jobs available. When you tire of a design, you can swap out your current look for a fresh design within just hours.

DIY or Installer

Your main decision with any type of flooring may be whether you’ll do the job yourself or hire someone to get the job done for you. Labor costs can drive up your overall costs sharply, while employing some sweat equity can yield new flooring at a manageable cost to you.

Sources

The Home Depot: Flooring — http://www.homedepot.com/Flooring/h_d1/N-5yc1vZaq7r/h_d2/Navigation?catalogId=10053&Nu=P_PARENT_ID&langId=-1&storeId=10051&cs=500535&omni=c_Flooring&searchNav=true

DIY Network —http://www.diynetwork.com/

Jay Preston is Brand Manager at Tool HQ, Australia’s leading supplier of Milwaukee Tools.

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