Today floors come in so many shapes and sizes its hard to know where to begin. You could buy vinyl flooring that looks like hardwood. You could purchase laminate flooring that looks like tile. You could acquire tile flooring that looks like stone. Nothing is as it appears to be in the flooring industry. So, how is the potential consumer to wade through the morass of flooring options?
They best way to approach flooring is by going through it one type at a time. Find out what the strengths and weaknesses are of each floor type and pair that with your specific flooring needs. After doing this, you should be able to eliminate options which to no best suit you. Now, your flooring list should have shrunk to a manageable size. One of the chief downsides to wood floors is they are typically the most expensive floor covering on the market, save marble or stone. The price alone leaves hardwood floors out of the reach for many consumers.
But, look at the bright side. If you find out you cannot afford wood, you are getting closer to knowing what you can acquire, and thus to enjoying your new floor whatever it may be! It’s also important to bear in mind wood floors are hard to install. Typically a professional is needed to do the inlay and other carpentry work. This ups the cost of natural wood flooring even more. Plus, it means you have to really rearrange your home to get the flooring in.
Other than cost and installation, wood floors have much to offer. Wood floors are likely the most striking and exquisite floor covering choice available. The key difference is that hardwood floors are made by Mother Nature, whereas carpet, vinyl, laminate, and the like, are made by men. This is not to knock the creative powers of human beings, for they are indeed grand in their own right. However, sometimes we just cannot match up with nature. Flooring is one of those times.
Specifically speaking, hardwood floors differ from one another almost as much as a snowflake differs from a snowflake. The conditions under which the patterning ingrained in the fibers of the wood take place are so variable that each flooring set is remarkably original. This adds a delightful freshness and radiant sophistication to your home which no other flooring can possibly offer.
In addition to their visual magnificence, wood floors last a really long time, i.e., hundreds of years, baring any extreme incidents like fires or hurricanes. In the end, it comes down to YOU. You must decide what is best for you amongst the sea of flooring options. But, perhaps you are now armed with new information that will help you make that choice in confidence.