The 3 Best Flooring Options for Homeowners on a Budget
Advances in flooring technology have made it possible to achieve a high-end look without the premium price. Today, homeowners who are building or renovating on a budget have a range of choices in terms of colors, styles, and materials.
If you haven’t explored the flooring market in recent years, you’d be pleasantly surprised at the selection of flooring options that don’t sacrifice appearance for affordability. In this post, we’ll discuss three of our favorite flooring types for property owners operating on a budget.
Hardwood floors are great, but the cost of materials, installation, and maintenance can be overwhelming. Vinyl flooring is a great alternative when you want the look of wood without the associated costs.
Throughout the past decade, this flooring material has exploded in popularity. Not only is it more affordable than more traditional flooring options like wood or ceramic tile, but it’s also one of the easiest flooring materials to install and maintain. In addition, the fact that it’s water-resistant and can handle humidity means you can use it in any room of your home!
Choose from clean and modern greys, or go with a traditional look that you’d find with a floor made from real pine or oak. No matter your preference, there’s a vinyl flooring option that can help you bring your vision to life. Once you complete your vinyl floor install and experience how much the modern look upgrades your space, your only regret will be not having done it sooner.
First introduced to the market in the 1970s, laminate flooring was considered a more cost-effective alternative to real hardwood. While it certainly was less expensive, there were some limitations in the aesthetics department.
Laminate flooring is built using a “composite” flooring material, meaning it is comprised of multiple layers. These separate parts come together in a lamination process, with a photographic layer applied underneath a transparent layer to give it the desired appearance.
Unlike vinyl flooring, laminate flooring does have some real wood content. The multi-layered nature of the surface also creates a slightly more forgiving feel than vinyl. In terms of durability, vinyl and laminate should maintain their appearance and performance for over a decade. It should be noted that laminate – due to its wood components – should not be used in spaces that see tons of water. You could consider laminate to be “moisture” resistant, but it’s not entirely waterproof.
For those homeowners who want something a little bit closer to the look and feel of a hardwood floor, laminate flooring has an array of attractive styles. You might even surprise your guests when you tell them it’s not real hardwood!
What it lacks in versatility, it makes up for with comfort – carpet is always worth considering in bedrooms, living rooms, and basements.
You might be concerned that a home filled with carpeting might be a home that’s filled with stains, but with today’s products, there’s no need to worry. Today’s carpeting products are constructed to stand up to heavy doses of daily foot traffic and, of course, the occasional spill.
Utilizing blends of synthetic fibers that have been specifically created to repel liquids. So even when accidents happen (hey, they always do), you’ll be able to clean up your carpet without too much trouble.
When it comes to comfort, carpet has always been number one. Now with more advanced, stain-fighting fibers, this might be the perfect flooring choice for your space!
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