You just bought a home in the neighbourhood of your dreams, and can’t wait to invite your friends and family over for housewarming. But…. the stench of the previous homeowner’s cat lingers around the carpet in every bedroom, with signs of colour fading through the years of wear it has been through. The laminate flooring in the common areas seem well kept, except the color and style does not fit the theme you are going for. You decide that you are going to invest some money into replacing your floors before moving in.
You begin researching your flooring options, and find yourself more confused than before. You hear terms like Engineered-Hardwood, Solid Wood, Waterproof Floor, Fake Wood, Wood Look Tile, and of course, Carpet. You have a vision of the style you want your home to look like, but there are simply too many flooring options to choose from.
Replacing of floors is very common amongst new homeowners, especially if the floors have been through decades of wear and tear. Today, we will be covering the topic of the 5 most common different types of flooring options for new homeowners, realtors, interior designers, and custom home builders.
Hardwood flooring has been and still is one of the most popular flooring choices because of its elegance and durability. A good quality hardwood floor is made to last for decades. While most people in the past considered only the wealthy could afford hardwood flooring, that is not true in today’s market. Modern production methods have introduced affordable hardwood flooring options, allowing hardwood floors to be available to all budgets. Estate agents share that houses with hardwood floors sell twice as easily compared to houses with other floor coverings. And there is no doubt that the value of your home does directly increase with the result of fitting a hardwood floor. The warmth and feel on your feet for every step of hardwood flooring is another reason to have hardwood flooring. With hardwood flooring, there are two options: Solid Hardwood and Engineered-Hardwood flooring. For more information on the difference between Solid Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood flooring, read this article.
The timeless appeal which hardwood flooring offers continues to be the common reason why many home owners, realtors, interior designers, and custom home builders are laying down hardwood flooring into their homes. For more information on hardwood flooring products, call Horizen Flooring today.
Vinyl flooring has gained a lot of popularity over the years. In the past, vinyl flooring were mainly found in kitchen and bathroom applications. Today, vinyl flooring can be found in homes, apartment complexes, commercial buildings, and shopping malls. Vinyl flooring is known for its 100% water resistant advantage over other floor coverings, making it an ideal flooring solution. Additionally, the affordability and appearance makes vinyl a great option for high traffic areas in your home without the price tag of real wood or tile. With vinyl flooring, there are three options: Sheet Vinyl, Glue-Down Vinyl, and Luxury Vinyl Plank.
Vinyl flooring can be installed on nearly any subfloor, with the thicker planks being more forgiving to imperfect subfloors. Luxury vinyl plank is the most popular option for vinyl flooring solution. Since most vinyl plank floors come with a click lock mechanism, it is often seen as a DIY flooring solution. The cost effective appeal which vinyl flooring offers continues to be the common reason why many home owners, realtors, interior designers, and custom home builders are laying down vinyl flooring into their homes. For more information on vinyl flooring products, call Horizen Flooring today.
Laminate flooring benefits your wallet when it comes to budgeting for your flooring project. The incredibly durable melamine plastic wear layer laminate flooring manufacturers use for the top surface of laminate floors makes laminate flooring resistant to stains, impacts and scratches. Installing laminate flooring is very simple. Similar to vinyl plank flooring, laminate flooring has a click-lock mechanism where you snap the planks together. It also does not matter what your subfloor is because laminate floors do not need to be glued or nailed down. It can be laid on top of wood, plywood, concrete or even existing vinyl flooring. Most laminate floors can also be laid over radiant heated concrete slabs. With the wide variety of high-resolution tree species patterns, laminate flooring textures perfectly mimic real wood. Laminate flooring does not require special maintenance such as waxing or polishing. With cleaning, it only requires a dust or vacuum, followed by a wipe over with a damp cloth or mop.
Laminate flooring also benefits the environment. The HDF core of a laminate floor plank is made of either ecologically sustainable pine trees or post-industrial wood waste which would otherwise be burned or dumped in a landfill. The cost-effective and aesthetic appeal is the common reason why many home owners, realtors, interior designers, and custom home builders are laying down laminate flooring into their homes. For more information on laminate flooring products, call Horizen Flooring today.
The first thing that comes to mind with carpet flooring tends to be comfort. With shock absorption thanks to its flexibility and cushioning (especially with an underpad beneath the carpet), carpet is always easier on the body when standing on or walking over a length of time. Carpet feels good, soft, and easy on the feet. It provides a warm and soft touch to your home. Carpet is also an important contributor to the insulation of the indoor environment. It insulates floors, providing a psychological feeling of warmth. Sound is absorbed with soft surfaces such as carpet, which is ideal for media and bedroom applications. Carpet also provides a soft landing surface, which is especially helpful particularly in households with toddlers and elderly residents. Properly selected carpet increases safer preventive measures.
Carpet is generally more cost-effective than hard surface flooring. Carpet is also very versatile, with the ability to be installed over a variety of sub-floors. The psychological feeling of warmth and aesthetic appeal is the common reason why many home owners, realtors, interior designers, and custom home builders are laying down carpet flooring into their homes. For more information on carpet flooring products, call Horizen Flooring today.
Flooring with tile is a great option. It has great cooling properties which keeps your home cool, and is good news for those of us who live in Texas. The more commonly installed tile flooring areas are kitchens and bathrooms, with more common areas being installed in a home today with wood-look tiles. Tile flooring is one of the easiest flooring to maintain, as it resists stains, odours and dirt. It can be cleaned with a damp mop and sponge and common household cleaner. Even in high traffic areas, it will continue to look great.
With the wide choice of tile options available, you can find variety of patterns, color, and style in tile flooring. The variety of patterns in tile flooring can create a decorative effect to your home. The easy maintenance and durability is the common reason why many home owners, realtors, interior designers, and custom home builders are laying down tile flooring into their homes. For more information on tile flooring products, call Horizen Flooring today.
So now there you have it, these are the 5 most common types of residential flooring options in today’s market. Because the functionality and cost factor of these 5 different types of residential flooring options are distinguishably unique, your deciding factor on which flooring to purchase and install should be a matter of practical considerations, climactic factors, cost, and aesthetic appeal.
Each type of flooring has its own unique identity. For a better flooring experience, call (512) 806 9434 today.
Horizen Flooring is dedicated to providing and installing the highest quality hardwood flooring, vinyl flooring, laminate flooring, carpet flooring, tile flooring, and resilient flooring varieties to the greater Austin Texas area, including Lakeway, Dripping Springs, Kyle, Manor, Round Rock and more. We are proud to partner with leading flooring manufacturers such as Shaw Floors, Mohawk Flooring, DreamWeaver Carpet, Armstrong Flooring and are authorised dealers for EagleCreek Floors, Regal Hardwoods, Johnson Hardwood, Greenworld Industries, LW Flooring and many others to bring you name-brand flooring value at affordable prices.
Wishing you the best of luck in your search for your new flooring.
Horizen Flooring Group
7801 N Lamar Blvd. Ste C71 Austin, Texas 78752