Sometimes, we get so busy remodeling and renovating all the various aspects of our homes that we forget to look right beneath our feet. New flooring is perhaps not the most glamorous home renovation, when you factor in the popularity of a new kitchen or updated bathroom. But there is really no aspect of the home more important than the floor, and when it does get an update, people are often surprised at just how dramatic the change can be.
And it’s not just the kitchen or bathroom that can benefit from a new floor. Virtually any room in the house can benefit from a floor upgrade, including bedrooms and living areas. Unfinished basements are another prime candidate, depending on what your plans for the basement may be.
But what kind of floor should you choose for your renovation project? Here are four options you may not have carefully considered.
The wonderful thing about tile nowadays is the sheer diversity and variety in the marketplace. Tile now exists that closely mimics the look (and in some cases, the feel) of virtually any type of flooring you can imagine, from natural stone to hardwood. If you’ve ever wanted a luxurious wood or stone floor, without the higher costs and maintenance requirements, there’s never been a better time. Tile is a hugely popular choice for that reason — homeowners get a lot of bang for the buck. Tile also doesn’t stain or scratch, and is incredible easy to maintain.
2. Natural stone
Sure, it’s expensive — but natural stone floors are beautiful and luxurious. If this is something you’ve always dreamed of, maybe it’s not so far-fetched as you think. One thing to keep in mind, however, is your local climate. Stone floors are best in warmer climates where a cool floor is an asset, not a liability.
Like tile, vinyl flooring offers supreme flexibility, low-maintenance, and overall value — while coming in virtually any appearance you can imagine. It doesn’t last as long as other materials, but for the price, who can argue with it?
4. Natural hardwood
This is still a perennial, classic choice for many homeowners. The allure and warmth of a carefully-maintained hardwood floor is made even better by the fact that hardwood floors often get better as they age. They also eliminate the need for grout, which can get old and unsightly with time. Pay close attention to the thickness of your hardwood floors, and make sure they are installed by experts, to avoid that undesirable squeaking when you walk.
The floor of your dreams
Whatever your choice for new flooring (or perhaps you haven’t made a choice, and are looking for some ideas), you should be able to find a reputable home renovator in your area who can give you a realistic picture of what it’s going to cost, how long it’s going to take, and what kind of regular maintenance will be involved. Pay close attention to review scores on social media, and other recommendations within the community, to make sure you find a truly skilled and experienced home renovator.