In today’s economy, people pay much closer attention to money matters and make sure that every penny they spend yields the best possible value. When it comes time to remodel the home, everyone looks for those items that look the best, cost the least, and are the easiest to maintain. When those criteria are taken into consideration, there is really no better value than replacing your old floor coverings with a beautiful new floor made out of genuine environmentally-sustainable wood. Best of all, wood lasts.
There are really five possible choices when it comes to floor coverings. These are carpet, ceramic tile, linoleum, wood substitute, and wood. Here are some facts about each of them:
Carpet has long been a popular option. It suffers from several drawbacks, however. First off, what is fashionable today may be hopelessly out of date in a few years. Think of the words “orange shag carpet” and you know what I mean. Also, carpet never really gets clean, no matter how it looks on the surface.
Ceramic tile often suffers from the same fashion handicaps as carpet. It is also very expensive and subject to breakage. Since tile patterns change every few years, even a single broken tile can leave you with a permanently ruined floor that cannot be repaired, only replaced.
Linoleum has its uses, primarily in areas where spills occur such as kitchens and bathrooms. Its major problem is that lino patterns go out of style quickly and replacement is a lot more work than you might suppose. Because it is glued down and usually has lots of embossed pattern lines that will show through on any other linoleum laid over it, new linoleum offers requires a thin layer of plywood to be placed on top of the old floor before laying down a new one.
Snap together wood substitutes such as Pergo flooring are quick and easy to install and relatively inexpensive. Their problem is that they are notorious for getting squeaky as dust sifts down underneath the floor and they never really look like anything other than the sort of fake wood trim you find inside your new car. They look almost like wood but lack much of its true beauty and all of its durability.
Wood floors can be expensive on an installed basis but tend to amortize out to a superior degree compared to other floor surfaces. It also offers one element of versatility that other surfaces cannot match. Wood can be sanded flat again and again if it is damaged or worn in places. Different stains can be applied as part of the finish process that will change wood from light to dark as fashions shift over time. Tasteful area rugs can be employed in strategic places as required. There is really no substitute for a beautiful wood floor and a bearskin rug in front of a roaring fire.
In the final analysis, wood is easy to maintain, adds value to any home assessment, lasts practically forever and can be accessorized in ways that other floors cannot hope to match.