Your home’s flooring is one of the first impressions your property makes on guests, so that is why much consideration is made in the appropriate look of this material and how well it might suit a developing theme. More than ever, classic materials like hardwood and tile are getting new life with a fresh appearance differing greatly from traditional installations.
Why Change Your Flooring?
The choice to change the look of flooring in rooms of your home is not one to be made lightly. The demolition process removes the full top layer of material down to the subflooring OSB or concrete base. Many reasons drive changing the flooring material throughout your residence, from post-disaster build-back and recovery to create a more modern appeal to the high traffic areas of the house.
Is Remodeling a Worthwhile Investment?
Perhaps one of the main driving forces of any remarkable change to the construction of a home is how these choices increase the property’s value. Many homeowners base most of their home improvement and remodeling decisions on the high end of the ‘return on investment (ROI)’ spectrum. The objective is to ensure that additions or changes made to the property make financial sense for the house to increase its sale price if it ever goes on the market.
New Looks at Classic Flooring Materials
While carpeting is likely still among the most heavily used residential flooring options, wood plank flooring can have a lasting attractive look. As conventional as wood materials are for flooring, modern homes have unique spins on these classic looks, including:
- Bleached Wood – A chemical is used to remove the brown hues from installed wood and soften the material. The result fits much better into a gray or light-hued room theme.
- Vintage/Aged Wood – Similarly, a different chemical creates a process on the surface that leaves a worn appearance. The wood remains durable but appears much older.
- Ceramic Tile with Woodgrain – Large tiles are popular, especially where non-porous materials are needed. These can be created to appear like wood planks.
- Scraped Wood – Hand scraping wood plank is typically done at a facility before the material ever gets boxed and sent for installation, but it can also be done after new flooring gets installed. The purpose is to provide a well-worn look for rustic themes.
- Intricate Patterns – Herringbone and other intricate layout patterns are a conversation piece on their own when showing off the newly installed floors in your home. The complex installation requires experienced contractors.
Factors That Show the Need for Professional Installation
As popular as DIY trends continue to be, there is a lot of risk for the little reward of self-installing some of these complicated styles and materials. Improper installation can be uneven, warped, uncomfortable, and ultimately results in a shorter flooring lifespan. Beyond enduring that the work is completed to your high standards, other considerations could finally put you in the camp of seeking professional help for flooring installs like:
- Insurance work requirements
- Installation timeline
With the significant variances possible with modern flooring solutions, no two homes look the same. Take the time to choose what look and texture suit your situation the best, as you want to ensure the work is done quickly and competently. This means relying on experienced installers to bring your imagination to life.