Your home’s living room will be one of the most used areas of all and as such, its flooring should be appropriately chosen. Although you will want this room to be as warm and inviting as possible, you will also want to ensure that the flooring you choose is as practical as possible. Below are a few great options that will not only look awesome; they will also not break the bank with regards to material and labor costs either..
These days it is possible to purchase carpeting in several different pile lengths, colors, styles and sizes, meaning that you will easily be able to find the perfect match for your home’s living room area. Most types of carpet are also easy to clean because of various protective coatings that have been applied during the manufacturing processes. Other benefits of installing carpeting in your living room are that it is comfortable underfoot and it helps to dampen sound quite substantially.
Over time, carpeting that has been installed in areas that experience high levels of foot traffic can become flat – depending on the type of pile that is used. Permanent staining can sometimes occur as well if spills or pet accidents are not cleaned up as soon as possible.
Over the past few years, installing hardwood flooring in living rooms has become extremely popular. Some of the main benefits of hardwood flooring include the fact that it will boost the value of your home substantially and it is quite easy to keep clean – in most cases, damp mopping is all that is needed to keep it looking good. There are many different types of wood used for this style of flooring so you will be able to find the perfect match for the rest of the décor in your living room.
Solid wood can be quite costly to install and any water spills or pet accidents that are not wiped up will result in damage occurring.
Although not many property owners will give this type of flooring much thought for their living room areas, cork can, in fact, be an excellent option. It helps keep rooms that it is installed in quite warm, is relatively soft underfoot and it is resistant to the development of mold. It is also environmentally friendly because it is manufactured from tree bark instead of the actual tree itself.
Cork does, however, have some disadvantages as well. If exposed to direct sunlight, it will fade over time. If heavy furniture is placed on it or sharp objects are dropped on to it, it can become damaged. If spills are not wiped up quickly, it could cause the cork to swell as well.
In most cases, bamboo flooring is quite attractive to the eye and it is less expensive than solid wood. If you are looking for ‘something different’ for the flooring in your living room, bamboo could be just what you need. This flooring is also quite durable, available in a range of different colors, easy to keep clean and environmentally friendly as well.
Feel free to read our post about The 5 Most Eco-Friendly Flooring Options Available for more information.
Keep in mind, that bamboo flooring can be badly damaged due to water exposure and it is also not suitable for areas where high levels of humidity are experienced on a regular basis. Pet owners may want to choose an alternative type of flooring because animal claws may scratch it quite badly.
This flooring can be quite durable, depending on the variety you purchase – some types have been known to last for as long as 30 years. Most types of the laminate are easy to maintain and can even be installed over an existing hardwood floor or subfloor. Laminate is often durable enough for anyone who has pets living indoors as well.
Laminate flooring may not always look as attractive as some other types of floor covering and it is not likely that it will have any effect on the value of your home over time either. This flooring can sometimes also be quite hard to walk on.
Before choosing living room flooring, it is essential that you perform extensive research. This will enable you to make the best choice possible, both in terms of durability and costs involved.