We know the feeling. You’ve had that old floor ever since you moved into your home, and for just as long you’ve been planning to change it. Well, with the holidays coming up perhaps it’s a good time to give yourself the Christmas gift you want—a new floor. If you think about it, the idea has lots of merit:
- you get to give your Haddonfield home a makeover before the festive season really hits,
- the work is all done indoors so the winter weather doesn’t have to be a concern, and
- you get to spend your money on something that provides a return!
What more can you ask for than that?
Now, all that’s left to do is decide when is a good time for a Haddonfield remodeling project, and what type of flooring you want to install.
Currently the most popular option, real hardwood flooring has come a long way from the old days when it gave your home a rustic look and feel. Now, hardwood flooring is one of the most elegant options, and it comes with the added advantage of being tough, practical and easy to clean. It should be milled from a single piece of lumber, and some of the most common types are oak, walnut maple and hickory. Your Haddonfield remodeling contractor will be able to provide you with a written estimate for removing your old floor and installing hardwood in the areas where you want it.
Pros: It’s durable and wear-resistant, and one of the reasons it lasts forever (almost) is because it can be sanded and refinished many times over.
Cons: Hardwood is expensive, and it takes many labor hours to install. It doesn’t retain heat effectively so it can be cold in the winter.
This flooring material is also high on the list of desirable surfaces. It’s popularity stems partly from the fact that it’s eco-friendly, because bamboo keeps growing back in a very short period. It’s also highly durable, so it’s perfect for a Haddonfield remodeling project in a home with young children or teenagers. Bamboo comes in various “sandy blonde” shades that resemble beechwood, which are ideal for achieving an airy, lighter look for a room.
Pros: Bamboo is hypo-allergenic and exceptionally easy to install and to keep clean.
Cons: Bamboo is susceptible to water damage, and the color fades if it comes into extended contact with sunlight.
Both ceramic and porcelain tiles have been popular for years, and they still are. This type of floor is particularly well-suited to high-traffic areas, because it’s simple to clean and can be used indoors in a room, for example, or outdoors on a covered patio. It has been around for a long time and is available in a wide range of colors and styles.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Pros: Tiles are strong and durable, easy to clean and sterilize, and simple to replace in case of localized damage.
Cons: Colors tend to fade over time, so when you find yourself needing to replace a tile or two it’s possible the shades will differ slightly. Tiles are very hard and cold underfoot, so they aren’t all that comfortable in a living area, and the grout can attract stains that are difficult to eliminate.
Then, of course, there’s the old, staple flooring—carpet. While it’s less popular these days than it used to be, it depends on the needs of your family which material will be the best choice for your Haddonfield home remodeling project.