Flooring: Hardwood, Bamboo, Laminate, Vinyl, & Tile

When it comes to flooring opinions vary. Some people swear by classic hardwood to increase a home's value. On the other hand while others love the look of tile and some homeowners insist on the affordable faux versions like laminate or vinyl.

Hardwoods:

hardwood flooringMaterials: $3-$25 per square foot

Labor: $2-$10 per square foot

Hardwood has great staying power in a home and can fit with a number of floor plans and home styles. Many people love it for its “warm” look and its ability to blend rooms — ideal in houses that have open-floor plans.

While hardwood is best for living areas, it is not ideal for places with a lot of moisture, like kitchens and bathrooms. If installed in the kitchen factory pre-treated is recommended with a polyurethane sealing. Hardwood should be resealed every five or six years and be treated with care.

Cork & Bamboo:

cork flooringMaterials: $4-$12 per square foot
Labor: $2-$10 per square foot

Both cork and bamboo flooring are regarded to be more durable and more environmentally friendly than traditional hardwoods. The advantages to cork it can be harvested without killing the tree and bamboo is a fast-growing reed plant. Both are extremely resistant, and cork, in fact, muffles sound and is comfortable to stand on. Each can be treated and sealed to withstand moisture. Installing cork or bamboo squares is relatively easy. It installs very similar to laminate flooring.

Laminate:

laminate flooringMaterials: $1 to $15 per square foot
Labor: $2-$15 per square foot

Alternative to traditional flooring at a lower cost, laminate comes in many finishes to look like wood, stone or even marble.

Laminate is very durable some have upto 30 year warranties. Laminate floors is a fairly simple product to install and can be done rather quickly, Make sure you have transitions installed, doors under cut and shoe or quarter round installed to give a professional finished look. Plus it also helps with the movement of the for. Last be sure to get a good underlayment for padding and sound.

Vinyl:

vinyl strips flooringMaterials: $1 to $15 per square foot
Labor: $1-$10 per square foot

Vinyl is a low cost option of your flooring options. Vinyl sheets range from .75 cents to $10 a square foot and vinyl tiles typically cost $1 to $10 per square foot. Like laminate flooring, vinyl flooring can mimic the look of high-end flooring like hardwoods, stone or tile.
Even though not quite as long lasting as hardwoods or tile, vinyl warranties vary on the company, ranging from 5 years and up. Mold, water and stain resistant, vinyl is best suited in bathrooms and kitchens.

Tile:

tile flooringMaterials: $1 to $25 per square foot
Labor: $2-$25 per square foot

Tile comes in many of types including marble, stone, porcelain and ceramic, and if installed the correct way, looks beautiful and should last forever. Some tiles resists water, stains and can hold up to heavy traffic, making it ideal for laundry rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. If tiles are made of natural stone the need to be sealed and should be sealed ever few years depending on the sealer. This also goes for the grout that goes between the tiles.

New flooring trends:

Acid-stained concrete:

Concrete is affordable and easy to maintain. With staining and special treatments. Concrete can be made to look of tile, marble and even hardwood. It’s great for industrial and modern homes as well in areas that gets heavy use. Concrete can still stain if not sealed properly.

Rubber:

A mainly used in industrial kitchens, rubber is very environmentally friendly, often made from recycled tires. Rubber is very easy to maintain, durable and easy on the feet and now comes in a variety of colors and styles.

Brick:

A call back to older homes, brick is a durable option like tile that gives homes a rustic, vintage.

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