If you have fallen out of love with your living room flooring, you’re in a very normal place. Flooring wears out over time. It can also go out of style. In many cases, it was never the flooring you really wanted. You just haven’t gotten around to replacing it yet.
When you’re ready to think more seriously about what kind of floor you would prefer, then a quick guide can jump-start your search for the perfect option. When it comes to living rooms, there are three types of flooring that stand out from the crowd.
Carpet is one of the most common flooring options for a number of reasons. At the top of the list is comfort. When it’s cold, you can still walk barefoot on carpet without freezing. Every other type of flooring is more uncomfortable when it comes to cold weather.
Even when it’s hot outside, carpet doesn’t pick up that heat. It’s also soft and plush, so it feels great all the time.
Aside from comfort, carpets look great. With the sheer range of colors and styles, you can find a carpet that you absolutely love. It can be in your main living space so that you get to enjoy it forever.
Another great thing about carpet is that it doesn’t show dust easily. That means you don’t have to sweep it five times a day for it to look clean. Vacuuming a couple of times a week is usually sufficient.
One of the main reasons carpet isn’t everywhere is longevity — which goes hand in hand with maintenance. Carpet’s need to be replaced is often compared to other types of flooring. You can extend the life with regular carpet cleaning, but that is a major bit of maintenance compared to the upkeep associated with hardwood and tile.
Hardwood is still something of the gold standard in residential flooring. A lot of people absolutely adore the look of hardwood floors, and they tend to add direct value to your home. Home prices always vary, so there are no guarantees, but it is common for a home’s value to increase one-to-one with an investment in hardwood floors.
Hardwood floors are fairly durable and can last decades. They come in a wide range of colors with an unlimited variety of grain patterns. That second part is a major contributor to the popularity of hardwood flooring. No two floors ever look exactly alike.
Hardwood flooring is in the middle of the road in terms of installation. It takes some effort, but it’s not the most specialized or difficult. That means you don’t have to pay extreme fees to have it installed.
Hardwood requires some maintenance, but it’s not super hard. The most important thing is to clean up spills right away. Water or other liquids left on hardwood floors can warp, stain, or damage them. Other than that, they just need regular sweeping.
Tile and Stone
It might be cheating to put tile and stone into a single category. Technically they are two different types of flooring, so we should be listing the top four. The reason they are combined is that many manufacturers make both stone and tile flooring, so it’s easy to browse them at the same time. If you find a stone you like more, you pick it. If tile wins your heart, you go with it.
Another reason to think similarly about these two types of flooring is that, in application, they are a lot alike. Both are firm underfoot and cool in the summer. Care for each is extremely similar. They even cover a lot of the same aesthetic principles.
So if you like the idea of natural stone flooring or pristine tiling, this is a great option. You get durable floors that are easy to clean and maintain. They can last an entire lifetime, and they can cover more interesting and beautiful looks than any other flooring type. If you want options, variety, and ease, these are the floors for you.
There is one reason you might choose the other flooring options instead of tile and stone. Tile and stone are harder to install, and that can come with higher installation costs. Still, you get excellent returns on that investment with the longevity of this type of flooring. There is a perfect floor for your living room, and the best way to find it is to browse. Visit the showroom at Hiltons Flooring and check out as many flooring options as you can stand to see. We have experts there to help you find exactly what you want, and when you pick your flooring, we can install it professionally. Contact us today and let us help you start you on your journey to a whole new look and feel for your living room.