When it comes to your home, you will likely decide that you want to replace, renovate, or remodel some of the aspects of your house. Some features need to be repaired or replaced more frequently than others. Flooring is one of these features, since it requires some degree of care, and must be replaced every few years, in many cases. Still, different types of flooring last varying amounts of time, and the amount of care you invest into your flooring affects how long it will last, as well. Furthermore, whatever type of flooring you get, the materials and installation process plays a huge role, too. For those in the San Francisco Bay Area, Armstrong Carpet and Linoleum is the best name in flooring. Determining the type of flooring that is best for you comes down to your preferences, as well as practical factors. While it is true that every type of flooring requires different levels of maintenance and care, there is no flooring option that is completely maintenance-free.
Carpet is one of the most popular flooring options, particularly in private residences, for a few reasons. For one thing, carpet is very versatile, in terms of its appearance. Because it is available in such a wide variety of styles and colors, you can make some kind of carpeting work in just about any room. In terms of the maintenance that is required of carpeted floors, you do need to get them professionally cleaned, every year or so, for maximum cleanliness. If you are willing to take care of that small task, as well as vacuum, at least once a week, carpet may be right for you. When it is well taken care of, carpet can last for several years or more. In terms of different styles of carpets, there are a lot of choices. There are ultra-soft carpets and more firm carpets.
Carpet is not right for everyone, though, as others prefer smooth flooring materials. As with carpeted floors, there are a few reasons why some people might prefer smoother flooring options. They do not, generally, need to be vacuumed as regularly as carpeted floors, and they are somewhat less likely to accumulate dirt, simply because you can see it more easily. Also, in the case of laminate flooring, you can mop your flooring, with ordinary household products, and no harm will be done. Laminate flooring has become quite popular because it looks, essentially, identical to hardwood flooring, but it does not require as much maintenance, it is cheaper, and it is not nearly as delicate.
Finally, though, for those who have very traditional taste and will not compromise, on their flooring, hardwood flooring is the clear choice. Hardwood flooring does have some downsides, such as the fact that it is more expensive than other types of flooring and the fact that it requires a bit more maintenance. On the other hand, if it is taken care of well, hardwood flooring lasts longer than other types of flooring, and it can even add to the value of your property.