Would you like to learn more about flooring installation? Maybe you’ve been living in your home for a few years and want to change its aesthetic. Or, maybe you recently moved into a new home and want different flooring. Whatever the case may be, our flooring installation experts have it covered.
There are so many options when it comes to choosing new flooring for your home that it can feel a bit overwhelming to know where to start. Weather you already have an idea of the kind of flooring you want or are still brainstorming ideas, it’s a good idea to consider both:
Your home’s aesthetic and what kind of flooring will match
What type of flooring is most suited for your family’s needs
To help you choose the best flooring for your home, our E Boulder handyman experts
put together this flooring installation guide. Continue reading to discover the pros and cons of different types of flooring, key considerations for flooring installation, and how our skillful technicians can bring your flooring dreams to life.
What to Think About Before Investing in Flooring Installation Services
There are a few things to think about before installing the best flooring for your home. After deciding on the right flooring option for your needs, our qualified technicians at Mr. Handyman of E Boulder can expertly make your flooring dreams a reality with their efficient and professional service. Continue reading to learn the key questions to ask yourself before investing in flooring installation services:
Where Will Your Floors Be Installed?
The different rooms in your house have different flooring considerations. For example, if you’re installing flooring in an area that gets a lot of sunlight, consider choosing fade-resistant materials like laminate or engineered hardwood.
Alternatively, if you’re installing flooring in a high-moisture environment—like your bathroom—an option like concrete, tile, or vinyl may be a good option.
Another consideration is how much foot-traffic your floors will receive. If you are installing flooring in busy areas like the kitchen or foyers, consider an option like hardwood floors or porcelain tile.
Do You Need Pet-Friendly Floors?
You need to have a scratch resistant floor if you have pets—particularly if you have dogs. Keep in mind that although some floors may seem like they would be scratch resistant, this is not always the case. A good example is hardwood flooring. Despite the name, hardwood floors are actually very easily scratched. A better choice for pet owners would be carpet, ceramic tile, or laminate flooring.
Do You Need Low Maintenance Flooring?
If you live a busy lifestyle and don’t have the time to constantly maintain your floors, then you need a flooring installation option that is easy to take care of. For instance, vinyl flooring is very low maintenance and easy to keep clean.
If the look of vinyl is not for you, then laminate floors are a close second in terms of maintenance. When cleaning your laminate flooring, remember that a conventional mop with water could actually cause damage. Instead, clean with a light vinegar spray and a cloth.
Does Your Family Have Allergies?
Certain types of flooring are harder to keep clean and collect allergens like dust and dander—such as carpet. If your family has allergies, hard, flat surfaces like tile and hardwood are easier to keep clean. This will help keep allergens to a minimum. Eco-friendly materials like bamboo and cork floors are also good for families with allergies.
What’s Your Style?
Along with function, your personal taste is one of the most important things to think about when it comes to the flooring you choose for your home. For instance, would you describe your taste as traditional or contemporary? This will influence both the color of your flooring—lighter colors tend to be more contemporary, for example—and also the shape of your flooring. Thin flooring planks create a classic aesthetic, whereas wide planks look more modern. Also, wide planks or large tile squares can make a small space feel bigger.
Are you curious to learn more about our flooring installation services? We invite you to give our flooring installation experts a call at 303-647-9132 or request a service online to get started today.
Flooring Installation: Different Kinds of Flooring
E boulder homeowners have seemingly unlimited options when it comes to the kinds of flooring to use in your next home reno project. To help you narrow down the kind of flooring that is best suited for your home, our experts put together a list outlining a few of the most popular flooring options:
Made out of four synthetic layers that are fused together in a lamination process and covered in a photo applique to create the look of wood or tile, laminate floors have come a long way. In the past, laminate flooring looked very artificial. Now, new technologies have created laminate flooring that looks almost identical to hardwood or ceramic tile. Laminate is also exceptionally durable and scratch-resistant—making it an excellent flooring installation option.
Although Laminate flooring is susceptible to water damage, it can have quite a long lifespan if taken care of properly. When cared for properly, laminate can last anywhere between 10 to 25 years.
Did you know that vinyl was invented in the 1930s? By the 1950s, vinyl had become one of the most popular materials for kitchen and bathroom floors because of its durability and low-maintenance. Made out of plastic—unlike laminate which includes wood content—vinyl is an inexpensive, easy to clean, and strong flooring installation option. A drawback of vinyl is that it’s difficult to repair and bad for the environment.
Cork is a naturally sourced, sustainable, and eco-friendly resource that is growing in popularity throughout the United States. Made out of ground-up cork oak tree bark and mixed with resin, cork has insulative, hypoallergenic, and antimicrobial properties. It also has a soft surface, making it a popular material for E Boulder homeowners with small children. However, cork is easily damaged by pets and requires regular water sealing to prevent damage.
Tile (Porcelain or Ceramic)
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are very popular flooring installation choices. Tiles are especially popular for high-traffic areas like the bathroom, kitchen, or front foyer. Ceramic and porcelain tile are both made out of clay, however the clay used for porcelain is more dense. Both ceramic and porcelain tiles are very strong and durable, water resistant, and are available in a range of colors and styles.
Tile (Natural Stone)
There are a number of natural stone varieties that can be used as flooring and backsplashes. Natural stone tiles are typically sourced from a quarry; then, the stones are cut into slabs, polished and moved to a bulk tile manufacturer. These companies ship basic tiles to other factories that cut the stones into different shapes and sizes. Lastly, the tiles are packed up and shipped to warehouses and showroom locations around the world.
Natural stone tiling is a very luxurious, elegant, and stylish flooring installation option. Most natural stone tiles are very strong. However, ceramic and porcelain tiles are also very strong for less cost.
A few common kinds of natural stone tiling includes:
Hardwood floors are a very popular flooring installation option because the material lasts a long time and has an appealing aesthetic. Some historic buildings that are more than 100-years-old can still have the original hardwood floors. While hardwood floors are durable and easy to clean, their main drawback is that pets can easily scratch hardwood floors.
If you are considering installing hardwood flooring, there are a few options to think about:
Finished: Finished floors come from the factory sanded and sealed. It can be installed and is ready to walk on.
Unfinished: Unfinished hardwood is a great option if you want a custom stain applied, or if you are looking to match an existing floor color in your home.
Solid: Solid hardwood is wood all the way through. It is very durable and can be sanded and refinished multiple times. However, solid hardwood can also warp when exposed to moisture.
Engineered: Engineered hardwood is a veneer of real wood glued to several layers of plywood. Like solid wood, it is very durable and stable. Yet, it’s not exactly the same; engineered hardwood can only be sanded and refinished once or twice, unlike 100% real wood.
Essentially, you have two main choices if you’re thinking of installing carpet flooring into your home: natural or synthetic fibers. We’ve outlined the benefits and drawbacks of each below:
Natural Fibers: Natural materials are found in nature. Cotton and wool are both natural fibers. Natural fibers tend to be more costly and harder to clean than synthetic fibers, but they are much better for the environment.
Synthetic Fibers: Synthetic materials are not found in nature. Nylon and polyester are both synthetic fibers. Most carpeting found in new E Boulder homes are synthetic because synthetic materials are less expensive, more stain-resistant, and easier to clean. However, they are bad for the environment.
Like cork, bamboo is a natural, renewable, and eco-friendly material. Bamboo is a variety of grass. That said, it’s hard, water-resistant, and can be refinished like hardwood flooring. Bamboo is also considered a luxurious material that adds real estate value to your home. The downside of bamboo is that it can be scratched easily by pets and furniture.
Concrete floors are exceptionally durable and can last a lifetime. Although concrete flooring can be cold and slippery when wet and has a utilitarian look, concrete floors can also be very beautiful! There are many interesting ways to make concrete flooring unexpectedly beautiful:
Mural: Concrete floors work well as canvases for a variety of painting techniques.
Acid-Stained: Concrete will chemically react with certain acids to form a mottled surface that looks like marble or resin.
Overlay: Overlay is when a thin layer of concrete is put on top of an existing slab to make it look like new.
Polish: Concrete can shine like glass after being polished with abrasive pads.
Dyed: Unlike acid-staining, dying a concrete floor makes it one solid color.
Texturized: Before it dries, concrete can be brushed, stamped, or embedded with materials like glass to give it a uniquely textured surface.
Book a Mr. Handyman of E Boulder Flooring Installation Expert Today!
There is no flooring installation project too big or too small for the skillful and qualified technicians at Mr. Handyman of E Boulder. Whether you want to replace a small section of damaged flooring or want to lay down new tile where you have carpet, our technicians have the tools, professionalism, and expertise to ensure your flooring installation job gets done right the first time.
We invite you to give our friendly team a call at 303-647-9132 or to request a service online to get started today.