When it comes to renovations, updating your flooring may not be the first thing to come to mind. New paint is easy and inexpensive and other options, like a new kitchen, have a certain “wow” factor.
But floors are important, and not just because they get the most traction. From style to maintenance to health, there are many reasons to upgrade your flooring. Here are five good ones to consider:
1. Refresh the look of your home
Let’s face it, all homes look dated over time, but floors are a key part of any home refresh. Floors get a lot of wear and can be especially unappealing when homeowners wait too long to renew them.
- Ripples or wrinkles, color loss, and matted pile are all signs that it’s time for new carpet.
- Peeling laminate or vinyl is a sign it’s time for an update.
- Tiles last a long time but may crack under pressure or due to the home settling.
- Damaged or unlevel hardwood floors mean it’s time for a change.
An updated floor gives your home a whole new look. Contemporary colors and styles can make rooms appear bigger and brighter. If you’re considering new furniture or new paint, consider new flooring at the same time, as new floors will enhance your other updates.
2. Make maintenance easier
Many new flooring products on the market today are tougher and less prone to scuffs, scratches, and stains than older materials. With advancements in technology, vinyl and laminate flooring options greatly resemble real hardwood floors—with the added benefit of easy maintenance.
Not only do new floors look better, but they last longer and require less maintenance. If you have kids or pets (or both) this is a huge advantage.
3. Increase the value of your property
One of the first things a buyer notices when entering a home is the floor. House hunters will notice the product used—whether it’s tile, laminate, or hardwood—as well as the condition. A new floor indicates that the property has been well-maintained, which adds to the value of the home.
Even if you don’t plan to sell your home in the near future, updating your floors now will add to the value of your home when you do decide to sell. In the meantime, you can enjoy them yourself!
4. Improve your health
If you find yourself sneezing or itching at home, your carpet may be to blame. Even the cleanest carpets can hold allergens in the fiber, which get kicked into the air when walked on. Allergens can come from both inside and outside, including pollen, pet dander, dust, and mold.
Hard flooring, like tile, laminate, or hardwood, does not have the nooks and crannies that carpet has for trapping allergens. Replacing your carpet with a hard floor will eliminate the trapped allergens, and improve the air quality in your home. Hard flooring will also require less maintenance to keep clean over time!
5. It’s more affordable than you think
New flooring may seem like a very expensive project, but with many new products available, there’s a wide range of options and something for every budget. Spending less doesn’t mean buying an inferior product. There are affordable flooring options that offer both style and quality.
The overall cost of new flooring depends on many factors, including the surface area to be covered, the product, the style, and whether the subfloor has to be replaced. You will also need to factor in the cost of labor.
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