Tile flooring is a great long-term option for your home. It is one of the most durable materials that you can choose. Unfortunately, the grout can make tile floors a little more work than they need to be. Having worked for a company that cleans and waxes tile flooring, I have learned a lot about taking care of tile flooring and grout to protect it from needing replaced prematurely. On my site you will learn about different grout options, as well as tips for keeping the grout from becoming discolored and stained. Hopefully, it will help you take the work out of owning a tile floor in your home.
Hardwood flooring can create an elegant touch to your home and improve the resale value of your property, but many homeowners are overwhelmed when they start shopping for those planks. With thousands of varieties of grain patterns, colors, and installation options available, it isn't always easy to know what you want. Here are three things you should ponder before choosing hardwood flooring for your home.
1. Hardwood Color Before you select a color of hardwood flooring, think carefully about the color palette of your home. Consider everything from the color you have on the walls to the shade of hardware you used for plumbing fixtures and doorknobs, and choose a hardwood plank that provides the greatest amount of contrast to your space.
For instance, if you have dark hardware and accents throughout your home, consider selecting a lighter flooring color. On the other hand, if you have bright chrome hardware, a darker flooring choice may create a sleek appearance.
2. Plank Orientation While many people stick with traditional horizontal or vertical plank installation, it is important to think about the orientation of the flooring in your home. In general, your planks should run parallel to the longest open runs of flooring in your home, making your space feel larger. However, there are also other installation design options, such as herringbone patterns that create a lovely zigzag appearance throughout your home.
Before making the choice of plank orientation, think about how you want the flooring to appear and what would make your home look bigger. Talk with your flooring professional about the recommended orientation, and ask about your other installation options.
3. Location While hardwood floors are incredibly durable, they aren't right for every space in your home. Since wood is naturally porous, it can be damaged by continued moisture accumulation, making hardwood not right for areas like bathrooms and kitchens that see a lot of spills. However, certain varieties of engineered and vinyl flooring can mimic the look of hardwood, while meshing well with the natural woods present in the rest of your home.
Ask your flooring contractor if there are matching varieties of waterproof flooring you can use in bathrooms, kitchens, and utility rooms so that you won't lose sleep over caring for your flooring.
When you are ready to start your home remodeling project, turn to a business that manages residential hardwood flooring installation. In addition to helping you with every step of the project, they can also answer your questions about product choices and long-term care.