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Home Remodels: Best Type of Flooring

Flooring is one of the biggest pieces that homeowners focus on when getting a home remodel. Flooring is a huge statement – whether it’s manufactured tiles, natural stone, wood, laminate, carpeting, or any other option – the type of flooring you choose greatly affects the overall aesthetic of your home. Home remodel in Orono, MN, with wood floors stretching through dining area into kitchen. If you’re planning on getting a major kitchen or bathroom remodel in the near future and are trying to plan which flooring to install, read these tips.

Choose the Best Flooring for Your Home Remodel

You have many options when it comes to flooring during a home remodel. Most of the decision will depend on what room you’re remodeling, the current aesthetic of your home, and your ultimate style goals for room design. Here are a few different types and what to keep in mind as you go about selecting new flooring for your home remodel.

Floating Hardwood or Laminate Floors

Floating hardwood or laminate flooring is a great flooring choice for quick projects when ease of installation is top of mind. Floating hardwood partially installed in a room with white brick walls and white windows with grids. Since floating hardwood or laminate requires installation on an already hard, flat surface, many homeowners will install it over their existing tile or wood floors. This means it’s not only easy to install, but you don’t have the extra leg work of tearing up old flooring as well. This type of flooring works well in the main living space of a home, as well as the kitchen.

Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring generally comes in two forms – sheets and tiles. Living room with luxury vinyl flooring installed. View of two floors' worth of tall windows and a staircase and upper level railing.Similarly to floating hardwood or laminate flooring, vinyl flooring can easily be installed by laying it directly on top of an already hard, flat surface. Keep in mind that you risk cracking or entirely breaking your vinyl floors if the flooring underneath is not properly prepared. If you have existing tile flooring, you need to make sure you properly self-level the grout joints using the appropriate compound, which is kind of a tricky job. That’s why most homeowners leave that up to us.

Natural Stone Tile Floors

Bathroom with natural stone tile floors in black woodgrain look. Double vanity with stone wall on opposite side. Purple wall at the far end. Natural stone tile has gained attention in interior design throughout the last decade due to its aesthetic appeal and durability. Unlike synthetic alternatives, natural stone tile flooring provides homeowners with flooring options that will last for many years. One obvious fear of stone tiling is cracking. However, as long as you order extra tiles and store them somewhere safe in your garage, individual tiles can be replaced rather easily by removing the grout and reapplying the necessary glue for the new tile. Most cracked stone tile, when not caused by abrasion, is due to improper installation. This is why many homeowners work with a remodeling company when installing new natural stone tile flooring during a home remodel.

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