Choosing the Best Flooring Options: Ventura Real Estate

by Gary and Lisa Schoeffler on October 12, 2011

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Whether you are buying, building, or remodeling a home, flooring is something you should consider carefully.  Here are some tips to make your decision easier.

Laminate is generally the least expensive, easiest to install, and generally works well on most types of subfloor.  Laminate is durable and easy to maintain. It is the perfect type of flooring for homes with a lot of foot traffic and those with pets. Laminate varies in appeal.

Hardwood or Engineered Wood offers a beautiful, more formal appearance for your home. Although wood flooring is susceptible to scratches and moisture, hardwood floors can be refinished multiple times, and can often last the lifetime of a home.  Although wood flooring is initially more expensive, it will add value to your home.

Tile generally is easy to maintain and durable. Porcelain or ceramic titles are the strongest flooring available. However, porcelain is stronger and less porous than ceramic.  Tile is generally less expensive than hardwood flooring and a less expensive alternative to stone.  Tile is less absorbent than wood, so it works well in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.  Tile can be cold, slippery, and can crack or chip.  While tile is more expensive than vinyl, it is affordable.

Vinyl flooring offers low cost, easy installation, a wide variety of designs, colors and textures, and is suitable for rooms like kitchens and bathrooms.  Vinyl is reasonably durable, won’t fade, is non-absorbent, and easy to clean.  However, be careful about putting cheap coverings in areas with heavy traffic. Vinyl varies in appeal.

Linoleum is similar to vinyl, but it is made of natural materials rather than plastic. Linoleum is also naturally antibacterial, waterproof, and doesn’t burn easily. Linoleum needs more upkeep than vinyl, and may not be as stylish as other floorings due to fewer design choices. Linoleum is very good in high-traffic areas and affordable.

Stone flooring is beautiful, durable, and can add to the value of your home. Installation is generally done by professionals, which adds to the already high initial cost. Stone flooring is versatile and comes in various materials and designs.  Stone floors require periodic sealing to protect them from staining and moisture.  Stone floors can also chip and are expensive to repair or replace. 

Interesting article which covers some of the more exotic flooring options as well as the basics.

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