If you are thinking about replacing the flooring in your home, you should consider the pros and cons that each type of flooring has to offer. You will find a compilation of various flooring options, their pros and cons, and the rooms for which they are best suited.
Hardwoods normally run anywhere from three to twelve dollars per square foot, depending on the type of wood you choose. Additionally, you will have to pay someone for the installation if you don't know how to do it yourself, which could be a couple of hundred to thousands of dollars. Hardwoods look beautiful in a home and they are easy to clean. The drawback with them is that hardwoods are loud to walk on and they are prone to scuffing in high-traffic areas. Hardwoods need to be refinished occasionally and water can do lots of damage to them. One of the best places to install hardwood floors is in the living room as it doesn't get as much traffic as other areas of the house.
Tile comes in many different shapes and sizes. Normally, it can cost anywhere from a dollar to twenty dollars per square foot, and installation can get up to several hundred. One of tile's advantages is its durability. Tile is resistant to scratches and water, making it perfect for bathrooms and kithcens. Tile is easy to clean, but it can be very loud to walk on. The disadvantages of tile are that is cold to walk on, difficult to repair and grout stains have to be cleaned with a special cleaning agent.
Laminate flooring is pretty cheap, ranging from fifty cents to three dollars per square foot. Besides being cheap, it's almost impossible to scratch. If, by chance, it does get scratched, you can take a little vegetable oil and rub it on the scratch to get it right out. Laminate can be made to look like real wood and pets can't stain it. Laminate does have its drawbacks, however. Standing water will ruin laminate flooring, so it's best to put it in rooms with high traffic but not rooms with running water.
While carpet pricews vary greatly depending on the quality, it will usually cost between two and five dollars per square foot. Carpet gives your home a soft look and it is easy on the feet. Carpet is simple and easy to install, making it a common choice among homeowners. Carpet's main drawback is cleaning and maintenance. Carpet has to vacuumed frequently and occassionally has to be steam cleaned. It is prone to staining and can carry tons of hidden dirt underneath the top layer. The best place for carpet is the bedroom and places that don't get a lot of traffic.
Vinyl can range anywhere from one dollar to five dollars per square foot. Vinyl is cheap to install and is easy on your feet. Vinyl doesn't look as good as other options and tears easily. Vinyl is great for bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms.
Bamboo flooring can add the look of elegance to almost any home. Slightly more expensive than most hardwoods, bamboo typically runs from five to seven dollars per square foot. Bamboo flooring has become a popular choice in recent years. Bamboo has a soft feel, and is easily scuffed by heavy furniture. After years of exposure, the color is bleached from bamboo flooring, so it is best to install it in a room that gets little light.