When it comes to picking the flooring for your home remodeling project, you have to consider more than appearance alone. While the look of the flooring is a major factor, you also need to think about how easy the floor is to maintain. You don’t want to be stuck with a flooring material that is difficult to clean or shows dirt easily. Let’s explore some low maintenance flooring options ideal for Michigan home remodeling.
Many homes in Michigan have original hardwood floors. If the floors in your home can be refinished and preserved, that is the best solution. New hardwood flooring is more expensive than other alternatives because of its beauty and durability. With that in mind, this is a great option for home remodeling because it is easy to care for and will last for decades in the future.
If you choose hardwood flooring for your home, make sure you include area rugs in the rooms to absorb sound and catch airborne debris. Avoid dark brown stains because they will show dirt easily. For true low maintenance, you will want a light or medium wood stain for the floor.
Tile flooring is most often used for kitchens and bathrooms, but that does not mean that you cannot use it throughout your home. Tile is easy to clean, and it can stand up to heavy foot traffic. Woodgrain tile has become a popular choice in Michigan home remodeling because it has the look of wood and the durability of tile. You can run the same flooring in your kitchen, great room, entry way, and other areas of your home to make the space feel open and inviting.
Note that if you are worried about the tile feeling cold, you can get heaters installed underneath the floors to warm the walking areas.
Laminate flooring is designed to look like hard wood, but it is more affordable and easier to install. Laminate flooring is not as durable as wood, but it has come a long way since it was first created. The main issue that you have to worry about is heavy furniture leaving impressions on the floor, as the synthetic materials are not quite as strong as wood. The laminate will also be more susceptible to scratching, which is not ideal for homes with children or heavy foot traffic. Nevertheless, laminate is a budget-friendly flooring option that requires minimal installation time, so it may be the perfect choice for you. Once again, stay away from overly dark flooring colors because those will show dirt, dust, and footprints (think about that Michigan snow!).
Carpeting isn’t necessarily “low maintenance,” but it can be in the right settings. We do not recommend carpet for entry areas or spaces where food or drinks may be spilled regularly. However, carpet works great in bedrooms and creates a warmer environment than the other options on this list. If you want to use carpet in your home remodeling, choose something with dark fibers that will hide dirt and stains easier. You will still need to vacuum and shampoo the carpet, but the dirt will be less noticeable in between cleanings.
Bamboo flooring looks a lot like hard wood flooring, but it is better for the environment. Bamboo is extremely durable, and it comes in a variety of colors. Bamboo flooring feels softer than hardwood when you walk across it, but it is resistant to scratching and staining. To find out if this or any other flooring materials is right for your home, contact RAM Residential Remodeling today.