Hardwood in the kitchen

Flooring decisions in your home have implications far beyond the visual effect they have on your home design. When you are scheduling a cleaning company, for example, the very first question they ask after wanting to know the square footage of your home, is what percentage of your home is carpeted. Professional cleaners ask this question because the type of flooring you have determines how easy or how difficult it is to clean a home.
Options for flooring plans determine the durability of the product, as well as the cleaning options. Once a home owner decides on a linoleum flooring installation, for example, they can plan on a flooring that is often available with a warranty for as long as 25 years. In reality, however, a quality linoleum flooring installation can last as long as 40 years.
In addition to being a durable flooring option, a linoleum flooring installation can also limit allergy potential. Hard surfaces such as hardwood flooring and laminate flooring do not warp or harbor dust mites or molds. The lack of dust and mold creates better air quality for everyone in the home, but especially for the estimated 40 million Americans who suffer from allergies.
Between the years 2009 and 2014, the U.S. flooring industry grew by an estimated 1.1% annually. Part of this growth is because of new construction. Other growth can be attributed to the advancement of flooring technology and new design trends. For example, of the 1,715 homeowners who shared their decorating plans with Houzz during the Internet design community’s summer survey, 34% said they have a plan to install solid hardwood flooring in their home.
While some of these homeowners are selecting the traditional hardwood option, many others are selecting one of the many new composite options that resemble real wood. Laminate flooring is easy to install and easy to maintain, and it’s designed to imitate the natural color, grain and texture of real hardwood.
Whether your new construction or remodeling project will include an update to your linoleum, a restoration of your current wood floor, or a complete replacement of your whole home carpeting, the decisions you make will impact the value and beauty of your home. Deciding to tear the entire carpet out of your home, for instance, could enable you to install a more durable flooring that is both easy to clean and also limits allergy potential. What are your future flooring plans? If they involve a hard surface flooring option, you will see many surprising benefits.

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