The largest part of the canvas that is your remodeling project, often sharing this position with walls and ceilings, is the flooring. What you use to cover this part of the canvas goes a long way in completing the picture and can either compliment, complete or ruin the finished project.

As with the “Wall Finishes” topic we addressed previously, we cannot begin to discuss the seemingly endless list of materials that are currently available to install as finished flooring. What we can do is enter into a discussion into how to pick the right “type” of flooring for your application.

Carpet

b2ap3_thumbnail_Carpet-Hall-Bdrm-240x161

Carpet In Hall and Bedroom

This doesn’t have to be viewed as the choice of last resort. The pallet of colors, textures, styles and patterns that are available, can be used to compliment any décor. Family Rooms, Living Rooms, Bedrooms, and Basements are prime spaces for carpet. Using its warmth and softness allows for persons to spend time on the floor without worrying about comfort. Carpets have also made strides in offering environmentally friendly and hypoallergenic products that help families live in safer healthier environments.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Hardwood-Living-Rm-161x240

Hardwood In The Living Room

b2ap3_thumbnail_Harwood-Kitchen-240x161

Hardwood In The Kitchen

Hardwood & Laminates

Hardwood has long been a staple in the finished flooring genre. Generations have come to enjoy the warm look and durability that is inherent in a natural product such as oak or cherry. With the introduction of laminate flooring, another choice in this category widens the design possibilities. The laminates expand the range of color and pattern choices as well as taking the installation process to the masses. Laminates are infinitely more durable than hardwood and also offer a level of moisture resistance that hardwood does not. Kitchens, Dining Rooms, Eating Areas, Hallways, and Offices benefit from the richness of hardwood. Even Bathrooms now are being graced with the hardwood look that is available in the laminate lines.

Tile

b2ap3_thumbnail_Tile-Bathroom-161x240

Tile In The Bathroom

One of the more luxurious choices for finishing your project, it affords some of the widest range of choices for adding the coup-de-grace to your project. Colors, textures, patterns and materials of all types allow you to create different environments from room to room. Traditionally used in the Kitchen and Bathroom areas of house, tile has been making inroads into other rooms of the house as well. Look for tile installed in Foyers, Sunrooms, Powder Rooms, Basements, Dining Rooms as well as Kitchens and Bathrooms. Under floor heat makes a great Tile floor even better especially for families that enjoy going barefoot around the house.

Others 

For the sake of trying to introduce you to some alternative flooring materials, I will list a few here and you can ask us about them or do further research on your own.

Bamboo

Stamped/Stained Concrete

Cork

Marmoleum

Rubber

Remember that choosing the right flooring is the final step in placing the stamp of completion on your project.  The volume of choices out there can prove to be overwhelming to even the most seasoned client. Don’t be shy about asking for help, our designers are trained in leading you through the process of putting the finishing touches on your project. Give us a call, we would love to talk about your project!

Happy Remodeling!

Next Time… Spring Is Just Around The Corner!   

Q&A&C – Questions and Answers and Comments are expected and welcomed.   

YOUR STORY – Tell us about your remodeling experiences, good or bad. We all have had them and perhaps you can help someone else have a great remodeling experience or avoid the issues that you encountered. Remember…keep it clean and civil or we can’t publish it.