Throughout all the time you spend in your house, you're going to get to know your floors very well although you might not think about them that much aside from the annoying fact that they need to be washed, swept, and vacuumed every once in a while. As they're almost always within your eyeline you want them to look good, complementing the paint and decor that you've chosen for the space. Beautiful flooring or carpet catches the eye and really ties the whole room together. If you're anything like me you might spend some time familiarizing yourself with them after an especially late night out, so it's nice if the floors are comfortable and the carpet is soft.
When to redo your flooring and carpet - If your carpet is some scrappy, threadbare '70s era stuff that's started snagging your socks, that's a pretty good sign that it's time to replace it. You don't want to let it go that far though, especially if you plan to stay in your home for a few years. Replacing your flooring can be done for the cost of materials if you're willing to put in blood, sweat, and tears yourself. It can be a lot of work, so check out the cost to hire a professional carpet installer, you might find that it's worth the time and effort that you save. If you're updating the look of your house, having your floors redone should be included in the process. Tear up that old cracked linoleum and look at getting some hardwood or laminate. Dark colors are in these days and some nice brown/black wood can have your home looking sharp and modern. If you're planning on selling your house, doing the floors is a great way to increase appeal to buyers as well as the property value. Pair that with a couple coats of paint and the place will look like new.
Flooring options - In replacing your floors you've got a lot options, no matter your budget. Carpet comes in a wide array of looks and textures with an equivalent variance in price. If you're looking for flooring for uncarpeted rooms, there's even more variety. Consider these options:
(in approximate order of least to most expensive)
Vinyl/linoleum – Easy to install, good for damp areas such as bathrooms, inexpensive
Tile – Durable, lots of different styles, you can be pretty creative when choosing and laying tile patterns
Laminate – Clicks easily into place, looks like hardwood while being significantly cheaper, resists dents and scratches well
Hardwood – Beautiful, classic look, nothing compares to a nicely polished hardwood floor
Stone – Becoming increasingly popular, lots of different types, colors, and sizes of stone, looks beautiful
Choose your flooring carefully, as you won't want to be replacing it again anytime soon. If you're really looking to make a visual statement with your floors, invest in higher quality materials. While the cheaper alternatives do look good, vinyl tile can't quite stack up to the appeal of gleaming black hardwood. Explore your options at your local flooring supply store, and consult a professional installer to find out how much it might cost to hire someone to get the job done for you.