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The Ultimate Guide to Flooring

Learn more about all the options you have when choosing flooring for your home.

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Flooring is one aspect of home decor that adds comfort and style, texture and ambiance. It can also add value to your home. But how do you gain perspective on such an overwhelming decision? I'm Lacey Howard and today I'm going to help you find the flooring that's just right for you. Floor coverings can be broken down into 6 categories: carpet, wood, tile, laminate, resilient or vinyl, and stone. Let's take a look at each. First carpet. Nothing beats its selection of colors, patterns, and textures. It absorbs noise and provides some insulation. Carpeting is a popular selection for bedrooms and living areas; however, it is the most high-maintenance flooring choice as it wears and stains more easily than other surfaces. While the wall carpeting requires professional installation, modular carpet tiles definitely a DIY project. Hard wood flooring offers natural beauty and elegance to any room as well as easy maintenance, durability and value. Wood is renewable, easy to recycle, and can be finished on sight or in the factory. You choose the wood species, the pattern of the floor and the stain or finish. Tile is a durable, low maintenance floor and especially well suited for moisture prone spaces such as kitchens, baths, and entries. Ceramic and porcelain tiles come in every shape, size, color, and pattern you can imagine and the latest designs are for the look and fill of stone at a fraction of the price. Tile offers the ability to create unique patterns. Laminate floors mimic the look and feel of hardwood, stone, or ceramic tile at an affordable cost with little maintenance. It's child and pet friendly and resists scratching, fading, stains, and moisture damage. Much of laminate's popularity comes in with ease of installation and it can even be put in the basement. Most products have tongue and groove edges that snap together over existing flooring and can be walked on immediately after installation. Resilient or vinyl flooring is known for its softness, flexibility, easy care, and affordability. Take a look at the newest offerings. Woven patterns, graphic designs, and realistic surface textures. Peel and stick vinyl tiles are floors you can do yourself. But leave sheet vinyl to the professionals. Bring stately style to your home with stone tiles. Because this all natural product isn't manmade, there's no worry with pattern repeats. In fact, each tile varies with complex veining, imperfections, and fossils. The color palette available also varies by type of stone and the quarry location. I hope this overview on flooring has helped you narrow down your choices, but we've just skimmed the surface. For more in-depth information on specific flooring, join me on our other videos. I'm Lacey Howard.