Whether you need to install a new floor in one small area of the home or throughout your space, you may be aware of how critical your choice is. It can be difficult to choose the right style that you want that is also priced within your budget, but there are also other factors to consider before you finalize your plans. Consider each of these important points carefully so that you make a more informed decision about how to proceed with your new floor installation project.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Each flooring type that you may be considering will need to be cleaned periodically and will have on-going maintenance needs. For example, grout in tile may need to be professionally cleaned and sealed every few years for the best overall look. Wood may need to be re-sanded and stained from time to time depending on wear.
Carpeting, on the other hand, will need to be professionally steam cleaned once every year or two. These are in addition to your weekly cleaning efforts to keep the floors looking great. The cost and time requirement for each of these varies, and you should consider these steps thoroughly before deciding which option is most well-suited for your home.
The longevity of the flooring that you choose will vary dramatically based on the type of floors that you choose to install and how well-maintained they are over the years. For example, when carpeting is well-maintained, some types may last for one to two decades.
When wood flooring is re-sanded and stained periodically, it may have a longevity of 80 years or longer. Generally, this is why wood flooring is considered to be a true investment that adds value to a home.
There are many factors to think about when selecting flooring for your Massachusetts home, and the longevity and care requirements are only a few of the options. The look of the flooring, the foot traffic in your space, the location of the home and even your budget may also all come into play.
With so many factors to consider when selecting floors for your home, it is helpful to seek guidance from a flooring specialist in Massachusetts, like those from On The Level Floors.
Picking the Perfect Floor, This Old House
Guide to Selecting Flooring, DIY Network
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