Choosing the Right Floor for Your Home

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    Whether you’re remodeling to increase the value of your home prior to listing, building a new

    home from the ground up or giving your home a facelift for the fun of it, it’s important to know

    what kind of flooring you want. There are dozens of choices out there and it can become

    overwhelming at times. Here are some of the choices you will face when talking to your

    contractor or going to your local home improvement store.

    Carpet – A classic and versatile choice, carpet can give you a variety of different looks for your

    home. Carpet comes in all sorts of colors and textures. If you want to install good quality carpet

    in your home, ask about the density of the fibers used to make the carpet. More durable carpets

    will have more fibers per square inch. Most carpets, with the exception of indoor/outdoor

    carpets, are installed with pads underneath to add cushion to the floor and extend the life of the

    carpet.

    Carpet made of nylon is resistant to wear, but you want to make sure nylon carpets are treated to

    reduce static electricity. Acrylic carpets are resistant to wear, mildew and crushing and are

    inhospitable to insects. Polypropylene olefin is primarily used for indoor/outdoor carpeting and

    resists moisture, mildew and stains. Polyester carpets can be brightly colored and resist moisture

    but can stain easily. Consult your realtor if you are selling your home and are choosing carpet.

    Your realtor can recommend the type and color of carpets that will help sell your home.

    Wood – Hardwood floors give your home a classic look and can create a visual room-to-room

    continuity if your home has an open floorplan. Domestic hardwood floors can be made from

    maple, black walnut and oak, while regional varieties like pecan, mesquite and chinquapin can

    be harder to find. You can also get exotic species like purpleheart, African pedauk or Brazilian

    cherry, but if you go for these options, make sure you’re buying from sustainable, managed

    forests. You can find out if hardwood comes from a sustainable source by looking for

    certification from the SFI or FSC. Solid wood needs to be nailed to a subfloor, but can be

    refinished many times over its lifespan, offering longevity in a flooring option. Again, if you are

    changing out flooring and plan to sell your home, consult your realtor first.

    Engineered wood – This flooring option gives you the look of solid hardwood floors, but it is

    more stable and less susceptible to humidity and temperature changes than solid hardwood.

    Engineered wood gives you a veneer of real wood backed by either cheaper plywood or recycled

    wood fiber mixed with stone dust. This type of flooring is great for basements and kitchens or

    rooms with in-floor heating systems. This type of flooring is also great for the DIY-er, as there

    are many self-locking options that are fairly simple to install yourself. Just be sure, if you are a

    do-it-yourself kind of person and you plan to sell your home, that you have the right skills to

    make the job look professional.

    Laminate – Laminate flooring comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns and is structured

    similarly to engineered wood. It has a top layer of plastic coating applied over a photograph with

    lower layers of plywood or compressed fiber. The finishes are very realistic, and you can choose

    from finishes that resemble wood, ceramic tile, stained concrete or stone. Most laminates can be

    installed over existing flooring without tearing it out. This is also a great DIY project, but

    installing around corners and between doorjambs can be tricky, so take your time or consult an

    expert.

    Remember, if you are having a home built or are renovating your home to put on the market,

    your realtor can help you make the kinds of decisions appropriate for your situation and budget.

    The Chris Colgan Team has years of experience coaching clients through the home buying and

    selling processes. While we aren’t interior decorators, we can put our practical knowledge to

    work for you, too. Contact us today.

    Chris Colgan is the CEO and Team Leader of the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team. Chris was

    born and raised in Gainesville, Virginia and has been in real estate for 10 years. He is a member

    of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and is in the top 25 for sales in the state of Virginia out of all

    Re/Max agents. He has been recognized as one of the United States’ and Canada’s Top 500

    Marketing Experts by the National Association of Expert Advisors.

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