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A Brief Guide on Flooring Options for Your Home

Posted by Matt Ates | October 01, 2017

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Flooring is literally the foundation of your renovation, so you’ll want to make sure you select the right material for the right spot. There are essentially three commonly-used flooring options—carpet, wood, and tile—but there are several subsets within each category. We’ve assembled a brief guide onhow and where to use each of these options for your interior design decisions in Dallas, TX.

Carpet: Cut-Pile and Loop-Pile

                Cut-pile carpet, with its unevenly cut, fibrous ends, is one of the best options for bedrooms, offices, stairways, and other private areas. It provides warmth, comfort, and acoustic insulation. Textured carpet is the most commonly used type of cut-pile carpet because it is soft to the touch, durable, and resistant to dirt. The more plush and formal Saxony is also a popular option for less trafficked areas.

                Unlike cut-pile carpet, loop-pile carpet has fibrous ends that are secured to the carpet backing to produce a very tight, enduring, and stain-resistant surface perfect for high-use areas like mudrooms. The only downside to loop-pile carpet is that it isn’t good for homes with indoor pets since dogs and cats can snag their claws in its tight loops.

Wood: Hardwood and Engineered

                The classic beauty of hardwood flooring remains an ever-popular option in almost every house renovation, especially in foyers, living rooms, and dining rooms. It is both natural and strong, and it displays a formal grandeur hard to achieve with any other material.              

                Oak, birch, fir, pine, maple, cherry, walnut, hickory, and bamboo are the most durable and commonly-installed options. They may require maintenance if treated roughly, but a well-seasoned look can also add ambiance to your home.

                Engineered hardwood is also gaining in popularity. While some say it can never match the luster of hardwood, others find it a more affordable, durable, and customizable alternative. Engineered hardwood is made from high-density fiberboard, plywood, and real hardwood, and its width, length, color, and grain can all be manipulated to suit your taste.

Tile: Ceramic, Porcelain, and Travertine

                Ceramic is the most popular type of tile, and it works well in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. It is made from minerals and clay that are heated and cooled multiple times to produce a very sturdy and beautiful surface. With increasing design options, home owners are selecting ceramic tile that has been printed on to resemble wood.

                Porcelain tile can do double duty. It is also made of clay, but it is heated to more extreme temperatures than ceramic tile so that it is strong enough to be suited for indoor and outdoor use alike. Porcelain tile may also be printed on to imitate any type of wood.

                Unlike ceramic and porcelain tile, travertine tile is not manipulated to produce a certain color or texture. It is quarried and used in its natural form as a hot spring limestone byproduct. Because of this and its exquisite natural beauty, it is more expensive than ceramic and porcelain. It is also perfect for both indoor and outdoor use.               

Closing Thoughts

                Every material has its virtues, so using a combination of several options may be the best way to introduce multiple benefits and stylistic variety into your house renovation. We’re also happy to consult with you about creative uses for each type of carpet, wood, and tile.

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