You walk on your floors every day. Maybe you clean them regularly, maybe you don’t. Either way, if given enough time, even the best flooring will become worn and in need of replacement. As it turns out, there are a lot of different, though still quite valid, reasons why you might want to consider replacing the floors in your home.
Just like every other part of your home, your floors are going to eventually become old, worn, and in need of replacement. Unlike virtually every other part of your home, though, your floors are subject to the wear and tear that comes from being walked on, spilled on, and having various forms of dirt and debris ground into them. How quickly that wears away at your flooring will depend on the type of flooring material you have, but even the most sturdy materials will eventually need to be replaced. If your flooring is old and worn, that’s just one of a few signs that you should probably replace your floors.
Cleaning is a normal part of being a homeowner. It’s also a part of being a homeowner that never seems to end. If your floors are made from high-maintenance flooring materials that require constant cleaning, it’s easy to get tired of doing it. Sure, you could grin and bear it, or you could replace your floors with flooring that requires less maintenance and give yourself a well-deserved break.
Did you know that your flooring can impact your energy efficiency? Energy-efficient flooring is flooring that works with your home to keep it warm when it’s cold out and cool when it’s warm out. You can do this with a radiant heating system, but that is usually easiest to put in before the house is finished. If you’re just replacing the floor, that may not be the direction you want to go. Consider flooring materials such as natural hardwood, engineered wood, and natural stone that can help you keep your home better climate controlled. It may take some of the strain off of your HVAC system. You should also be aware that poor energy efficiency is often a sign of a bigger HVAC issue. If you think your system is having efficiency problems or even just problems in general, it’s typically best to call an HVAC professional to come and inspect your system to make sure everything is working as it should.
Your home could be in perfect working order, but if you feel the need to give it an overhaul, not considering your flooring would be a huge mistake. Choosing a new interior design style means rethinking your decor, your furnishings, and yes, often your flooring. When it comes to flooring, you’ll need to consider both the material you use and the color. Certain flooring colors are outdated, so if you’re wanting to create a modern look in your home, you’ll need to know which colors to use to avoid having dated flooring.
Remember how annoying it can be to feel like you’re constantly cleaning your floor? What about how it feels to know that your floor is at risk of constantly being damaged by any kids or pets you may have living in your home? Sure, they probably don’t mean to be damaging your floors, but kids will be kids, and pets will be pets. Between spills, accidents, pitched toys, and claws, you need to have some seriously durable flooring if you have kids or pets. Fortunately, there are a few kid- and pet-friendly flooring options that are worth considering. If your current flooring just isn’t holding up, a flooring replacement is likely to be in your future sooner rather than later. Start saving so it doesn’t break the bank when you have to make the change.
If you suffer from allergies, you’re probably already aware that your home has the potential to be an allergen hotspot. Sure, cleaning can reduce allergens present in your home, but your flooring might not be doing you any favors. You may have heard that carpet is your home’s biggest filter. That can sound good if you have allergies. Consider, however, that vacuuming often doesn’t get a lot of what’s trapped in your carpet. It tends to bring it more to the surface instead. As such, what you would regularly do to clean your carpet has the potential to make your allergies even worse. A good, thorough carpet cleaning can be a viable solution. Alternatively, you could just replace your carpet altogether with a different flooring option that is easier to clean and less likely to retain allergens.
Whether you’re preparing to sell your home or just want to build more home equity, taking on projects that improve the value of your home is usually a good idea. Replacing your floors is one way you can do that. Typically, hardwood floors offer the best ROI when it comes to choosing a new flooring to install. There is some variation depending on location, and hardwood isn’t always suitable for all areas of the home. Areas where water on the floor is common, such as the bathrooms, may not be good candidates for hardwood. Those rooms will do better with flooring materials that stand up better to water. Incidentally, that’s why you may not see as much hardwood in particularly humid areas, such as Florida. Hardwood floors and water don’t mix very well.
They are constantly underfoot, but a floor’s importance is hard to overstate. From appearance and comfort to practicality and maintenance, choosing the right flooring for your home takes work. Replacing your floors can be a lot of work too, but if planned carefully and done right, there’s every chance it can be just the change your home needs.
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