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Fantastic Floors

Fantastic Floors By Laura Horwitz
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Deciding which type of floor to install when you remodel can be a complex process. Most homeowners decide on either hardwood or laminate floors for most rooms. But why is this? And which one is best for you?

Hardwood Floor Fast Facts:

  • Hardwood adds the most value to a home.
  • A variety of woods and trims are available so you can find a style that best suits your home.
  • Usually lasts a long time--often over 25 years--and it can be repaired easily.
  • Negatives include color fading in direct sunlight and damage from water, so you wouldn't want to use it in the kitchen or bathroom.

Laminate Floor Fast Facts:

  • Laminate floors are impact and scratch resistant, making them wonderful in areas with heavy foot traffic (although large dogs or dragging heavy objects over the floor could damage it).
  • Stain and fade resistant, even to such high intensity things as cigarette burns.
  • You never need to wax or polish a laminate floor.
  • This floor can be noisy to walk on, excessive moisture could still damage it, and it's far more difficult to repair than hardwood.

More Options: Ceramic or Porcelain Tile

Ceramic tiles are often used in both kitchens and bathrooms. Porcelain tile is an even newer option for homeowners--it's actually a type of ceramic tile--but it's denser and less porous. These qualities make it stronger and more resistant to moisture and stain absorption.

A professional contractor can give you the best advice on flooring options throughout your home. You should always consult a professional when undertaking a major floor installation. It is, however, worth doing your own research first to make sure you know all the facts and can negotiate the best deal.


Floor Facts

About the Author
Laura Horwitz has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for five years in both London and the US. She had a monthly landscaping and tips column for the Sussex County magazine RH Review, and her articles have also appeared in Film Focus, 6 Degrees Film, and BizBash magazine.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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