When it comes to building and construction projects - there are a few things that are a guarantee, a roof, wall and flooring. Without any of the three, it would be fairly hard to finish a project. We look at the flooring options that won’t break the bank on your next project.
One of the most common choices for many contractors for its value per square foot. Starting from $3 to upwards $12, this flooring option is versatile and aesthetically appealing. It can be used in high foot traffic areas and the wear can give it a rustic appeal. With hardwood floors, they are easy to maintain and clean which depending on where they are installed this can be a major benefit.
Downfall? In areas where it is high traffic it can get noisy, especially if shoes or heels are worn. It is also important that upon the installation of hardwood floors once installed that the proper maintenance is upheld. Maintenance can be everything from varnishing to applying a sealant. With hardwood floors, it is also important that when installing or rather choosing a place to install that it is not in high water or condensation spots as this can actually ruin the hardwood floors.
For some, having tile floors can be a flashback to the 50’s if not later years. They are slightly cheaper than hardwood with a price range of anywhere between $1 to $20 per square foot. Similar to wood flooring and the types and styles, tiles can come glazed or not; therefore, choosing the right tile for you will mean knowing what it is you are hoping to have your tile do. Their water resistance makes them a choice for installation in bathrooms or kitchens.
While tiles are a cost friendly solution, one factor to consider prior to installation is where, as they can get extremely cold if done in an unheated area. Installing a heating system separate from a home, office or business system can get extremely expensive – a solution to cold tiles would be to have carpets in some areas.
Looking for a quick and cost friendly solution to your floors? From $0.50 to $3 per square foot, the laminate is choice solution. They offer an aesthetic appeal that, depending on the choice of laminate can look deceivingly expensive. They are very durable and are resistant to moisture and stains. They make an ideal choice in high-traffic foot areas such as hallways, kitchens or hallways.
It is important to note thought that while laminate is resistant to moisture, extensive exposure to water or moisture can damage the laminate resulting in a complete overhaul and repair of the space as unlike most floor materials, it cannot be repaired with a simple coating or sanding.
Carpet, for some can be both a blessing and a curse. The installation of carpet in many buildings adds this extra layer of insulation both from a noise and temperature perspective. They can get pricey; however, it is entirely up to the type and make of carpet. They can range anywhere from $2 to $5 per square foot. It is also important to note that with carpet as a flooring, more often than not a subfloor of sorts is required to ensure maximization of carpet.
Thanks to advancements in technology, there are an array of higher end carpets that came to be stain-resistant; however, this is not entirely true – so it is important to know what the goal of the carpet is and will be. One of the cons that is a sentiment shared by many who have carpet is the maintenance and upkeep as depending on the type, it can harbour bacteria, germs and dust. With carpet, continual wear can lead to the space where the carpet is housed to be replaced as it can lose its bounce and softness.
Whether you are looking for a permanent solution or a temporary one when it comes to flooring, it is important to know what it is you are hoping to get out of your flooring. For those looking for minimal upkeep, carpet may not be the best route; however, if you are on a budget constraint but still want something appealing, tile or laminate may be an option.
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