Exploring Your Flooring Options

Carpeting types

Over a span of 5 years (2009-2014), the U.S. flooring industry grew annually by 1.1% years. As the flooring industry grows, more options, styles, and flooring services become available. With so many flooring options out there, it can be difficult to decide whether you should install a tile floor, hardwood, or carpet. Here are some facts about each of these flooring options that may aid you in decisionmaking:

Tile Flooring

  • Tile, particularly linoleum, is a durable and long lasting flooring option, and can last for up to 40 years. They are also often available with a warranty of at least 25 years.
  • Because of its durability and the fact that it’s easy to clean, tile is the top flooring choice for kitchens.
  • If you are looking to install a tile floor, you will find tiles in all types of surprising and durable materials. High quality cork tiles, for example, can last for up to 30 years.
  • Hardwood Flooring

  • If you or your family members suffer from allergies, hardwood floors may be the right choice for your home. Hardwood flooring does not trap dust, mites, or other allergens and promote better air quality.
  • There are various types of hardwood floors with varying softness. Pine and Fir are considered some of the softest with a hardness rating of 600-900, where woods like Red Walnut and Brazilian Teak range between 2500-3500 on the hardness scale.
  • Carpeting

  • Carpet is one of the most common flooring options, covering 70% of flooring in the U.S. 38% of individuals also say they prefer carpeting in their bedrooms.
  • Carpets are often recyclable. Carpet recycling efforts have saved a reported 1.5 billion pounds of waste, preventing it from ending up in U.S. landfills.
  • There are many styles and kinds of carpets, varying in style, aesthetic and durability. For example, some rugs are waterproof.
  • Wool is one of the most versatile and durable kinds of carpet. It is also a preferred choice because it can be dyed easily.
  • Now that you have the facts, embarking on your next home improvement mission should be a snap!

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