Choosing Floors For Your Home: 6 Options

Many people overlook their floors, when they look to buy their home. Perhaps they take them for granted, but hopefully, it’s because, they realize, one can change these, to fit their needs, tastes, requirements, etc. There are many types of materials one might consider, as well as evaluating the environment, or ecological factors. This article will try to review, the basics, of the 6 major options, generally considered, for one’s floors, etc. One should remember you can have a different floor type in different areas and locations throughout the house, also.

1. Hardwood: Hardwood flooring is perhaps the most sought – after material, at least in many areas of the country. Besides the appearance, one of the advantages is its longevity, and ability to be re – finished, resurfaced, and stained. While the popularity is understandable, there are certain locations, where you might want to stay away from hardwood floors. One is in entry or extremely high – use areas, especially ones, which might be subject to excessive amounts of dirt, moisture, etc. While these floors are enduring, they will often exhibit this use, and appear to need to be finished and/ or refined. Another area is in the kitchen areas, because of the need to clean these floors more often, and wood endures, but the procedure for cleaning and maintaining the appearance, might be challenging. In areas where the room and floors, might get colder in the winter, especially those that overhang, etc, many people cover much of the floors with rugs and/ or carpets, for warmth, etc. However, there is something special about the look of hardwood!

2. Laminate: A less expensive alternative to hardwood, these generally have a luster and appearance, of polished wood, at generally far lower cost, and requiring much less mess and modification. However, care must be taken, because these often show scratches, etc, and a particular type of cleaning material must be used, for maintenance, etc.

3. Carpeting: Years ago, carpets were the craze! Today, most people limit carpeting to areas such as formal dining rooms, and certain bedrooms, as well as using industrial – grade, or inside/ outside carpeting, in basements, dens, etc. Carpets come in various styles, materials, etc, but care must be taken, to use stain – resistant additives, and be aware of allergies, etc. Also, you must vacuum, on a regular basis. The advantages are: some people really like them; they come in a variety of styles, colors, materials, etc; and are somewhat easily replaced/ maintained; provide warmth; and cover – up a variety of sins, in the floor below!

4. Tile: Kitchens are prime areas for tiles, as are high usage areas. One should know the proper maintenance for the particular type/ material, being used. However, quality, stylish tiles, are often costly.

5. Linoleum: All the rage years ago, today these materials are most often used in smaller kitchens, basements, and less formal areas. They are less expensive and relatively easy to maintain, but have a somewhat limited life expectancy.

6. Mix and match: One can mix and match materials throughout one’s home, but do so, in a logical way, which takes advantage of the strengths of the materials, works in your budget, serves your purposes, and makes sense. Remember: it’s your house, and your taste, but what you do, may impact resale prices!

Posted by / August 5, 2017 / Posted in home

New Homes – Reasons Homeowners Prefer Them

When looking at homes, a potential homeowner would prefer to new homes over existing homes if they can afford them for several reasons.

Design their dream home

If a homeowner had the choice of designing their home or settling for an existing property, most would choose to design a new one. In new homes, you would get to select which countertops, cabinets, flooring, appliances, light fixtures, color of paint, and more. This home would reflect your style and not someone else’s style.

Floor plan and layout

In a new home, you could choose if you want a one or two story home, where you would want the kitchen to be and how large you want the room, do you want a master bath off the master bedroom, do you want a basement, where will the bedrooms be located, attached garage, and more. With new homes, you can design it the way that fits your needs and taste.

Under warranty

Buying an existing property most likely has things that will soon need replaced. With a new home, it and the products that comprise it are under warranty, as they are all brand new. It should be a while before anything needs replaced. For example, if something should happen to the water heater under normal usage, to fix or replace it is covered under the warranty.

Cost and energy savings

New homes today are more energy-efficient that homes that were built ten or more years ago. Your new home will have energy-efficient appliances, energy-efficient windows that are double or triple pane, and more. Older homes may be drafty and not as cost savings as a new home and have older outdated appliances and HVAC systems.

Community amenities

Today new homes are built in subdivisions and communities that offer a pool, clubhouse, fitness center, and more. Older homes are built in neighborhoods and subdivisions that do not offer these amenities.

Safety

In new homes, you will find state-of-the art circuit breakers that do not seem to blow every time you plug in or turn on an appliance. Garage door openers now come with infrared beams that will stop the door from closing if a child or something is too near the door. New homes also have high efficiency air conditioners and furnaces that have less of a chance to produce carbon monoxide. New homes also come with smoke detectors and possibly carbon monoxide detectors. The paint used on the walls is lead free. Many times a new home will be equipped with a top line security system. Most of these things are not offered when you purchase an existing home.

Posted by / August 5, 2017 / Posted in home