Don’t you just love the look of a brand new floor. The slick waxy sheen of hardwoods or the cool glint of tile. You have more options than you might think so when you start to remodel, look at all the different floors available and choose the best ones to suit your family. Some people like the plush feel of carpet, some like non dust catching veneers. And those who are into energy saving and the ECO system will choose bamboo. It’s a grass that grows quickly and replaces itself in a very short time.
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When remodeling, don’t forget your floors. They are the first thing visitors see on entering your home. When considering floors, ask yourself how high is traffic in each room? Do the kids play here? What about pets? After asking yourself how each room is used, choose your best option. Some of the good but less expensive floor coverings follows.
Engineered woods are thin layers of wood covered with hardwood veneers. They resemble solid hardwood with good looking grains and textures and are best for dining rooms, dens and living areas. They shouldn’t go in bathrooms or kitchens where water spills or wet feet can cause damage. For the better product look for more and thicker layers. Top of the line has 7-9 -plywood construction and multiple coats of finish. It’s easier to install than hardwood and can be walked on the same day. It’s about $3.50 per square foot.
Carpet is better for bedrooms and other rooms where you walk barefoot. Synthetic yarns offer high style, durability and stain resistance. Stain resistability is woven in the carpet and never wears off. Easy to install squares lets you create unique styles anywhere. Average cost is about $2.50 per square foot.
Ceramic tile is durable and looks good and is easy on your pocket book. It’s best for bathrooms, kitchens or anywhere you need water and stain resistance floor
Cork is durable and snaps together without glue or nails in installation. It’s made in pressed sheets that come from wine bottle stopper industries. Colors are pale beige to rich chocolate. It’s good for kids rooms and anywhere you want cushy feet. It costs about $4.00 per square foot.
Bamboo is made from fast growing grasses that are harvested frequently. It’s pressed into planks that are harder than oak, water resistant and naturally sustainable. It’s preferred for ECO reasons. It’s good for any room including kitchen and bathrooms. The planks self lock without glue. Cost is about $6 per square foot.
Measure and multiply the rooms length by the width to determine the square footage. Buy an extra 10 percent in case of future repairs or current mistakes. Lay your floor covering out in the room where it’s going to be installed. Let it sits there for 72 hours to get acclimated to temperature and humidity. Clean the sub floor and remove any nails or staples on the surface. Lay plywood on top to create a flat surface. Rent a flush cutting saw to make getting in tight corners and under cabinets easier.
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