Remodeling Floor Choices

If you’ve finally decided to remodel that tired family room — or any other room for that matter — you’ll have to make decisions regarding the flooring.

The basic choices include tile, stone, carpeting and wood. concrete.

Tile is sturdy, comes in a wide variety of colors, textures and patterns. It does require professional installation or at least some familiarity with laying tile. Your choices are vinyl tile which comes in long rolls and is cut and glued to a subbase, usually cement. Do it yourselfers can install tile squares which interlock. Ceramic tile means you’ll have to prepare the subfloor, lay the thin set, apply the tiles and grout when you’re finished.

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Stone, such as marble and granite comes in tiles or in large block used mostly for countertops. Stone does stains and isn’t easy to install.

Wall-to-wall carpeting can cost as little as a couple of dollars per square yard to more than $20 per square yard. The installation requires special equipment. Carpeting has to be installed over a pad for comfort and long lasting wear.

Wood comes in lots of colors, textures and finishes. Some interlocking wood strips are easier for a homeowner to install themselves. wide plank flooring gives a rustic or elegant look depending on the type of wood and finish.

Consider your budget, color scheme and how you want the finished room to look when deciding on what kind of flooring you want.