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Four Flooring Options for the Renovating Homeowner

A fixer-upper property is a great option for homeowners who wish to live in a house of their own creation. Some fixer-uppers can be used as a starting base, while others are demolished to make space for a blank canvas.

Regardless of what you choose to do with the fixer-upper you’ve purchased, you have to make informed decisions about every part of your house, like the flooring. It comes in different forms, with each one having its own pros and cons depending on use.

Here are four flooring options you can use in your new home in Bath.

Carpet

The carpet is a popular choice, mainly because of its physical attributes. Carpets are not only soft and warm but also able to muffle steps. They come in a wide array of colours and textures regardless of the material used. They are easy to install, even for the average homeowner. But, it is recommended to have a carpet fitter do the job to ensure a quality installation.

Carpets are usually used in bedrooms and living rooms because of their cushioning quality. Since they are also slip-proof, some homeowners use them in bathrooms, too, especially if the space is large enough to keep them away from splash zones.

Tile

Similar to carpets, tiles come in various colours, styles, and finishes. They are also quite affordable, depending on the variety. Unfortunately, installation is not beginner friendly. Moreover, tiles generally aren’t waterproof because of the grout used during installation. But there are some variations that can repel water effectively, like glazed ceramic. This tile is often used in bathrooms for that reason.

While they are more durable than carpets, not all tiles are equal. That’s why it’s important to select tiles graded for flooring because they can withstand constant foot traffic.

Hardwood

A shiny, polished hardwood floor in a new home

Flooring made from hardwood is one of the most expensive options. but for good reasons. The material that it’s made from — hardwood like oak — takes a long time to grow. They are also denser and stronger. As a result, they are much more difficult to work with as well.

However, homeowners who choose hardwood flooring can expect the material to last for a long time. They are easier to clean compared to carpets, which soak up and stain. A few swipes of a mop and the mess will be gone. They also don’t attract dust and allergens, making them a better choice for households with members suffering from allergies.

Hardwood can be used in every room, but keep them away from the bathroom where it’s likely to get wet more often.

Linoleum

The greenest flooring option is linoleum. It’s made from biodegradable and renewable materials such as cork dust, rosin, and limestone. You can do the installation yourself. Linoleum is cost-effective, requiring very little maintenance and lasting up to 40 years.

Linoleum is often used in the kitchen because it’s durable and easy to clean. However, it isn’t waterproof. It also stains easily if not cleaned regularly.

When making a choice about flooring, it’s important to consider more than the design you’re going for or your budget. You should also think about the durability and cleanliness factors because you’ll have to maintain your floors for many years to come.

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