What Are Your Modular Home Flooring Options?
Flooring is an important choice for any home, as it can affect the appearance, comfort, and functionality of each room. Of course, factors such as cost and durability must be considered, so let’s take a closer look at each flooring type.
Many homeowners love the way carpet feels but don’t care for the way it looks. Without the proper upkeep, carpet can get shaggy, dirty, and even become a breeding ground for allergens. The good news is that carpet is cost-effective and relatively easy to care for. Many homeowners prefer to keep it in specific areas (such as bedrooms), rather than installing it throughout the whole house.
Laminate flooring is an inexpensive alternative to hardwood, stone, tile, etc. It comes in planks and is coated in durable plastic that is designed to look like another material. Laminate is a popular choice among homeowners due to its cost-effectiveness, easy installation, and hardwood appearance. Its primary disadvantage is its susceptibility to moisture, as well as its inability to be refinished.
Vinyl flooring is similar to laminate in that it “copies” the look of other materials such as wood and stone. It features a thin layer of installation and is glued to your subfloor, rather than nailed. You can easily install vinyl flooring on your own, making it an inexpensive DIY project. Unlike laminate, vinyl is tough and can even handle moisture. However, unless you invest in higher-end vinyl, it is likely to look a little cheap.
Tile is a popular flooring choice for kitchens, restrooms, and laundry rooms, as its slip-proof design makes it tough against water. Many homeowners like the look of tile, as you can choose it in numerous colors and designs. Prices range depending on brand and quality. While tile is great for small rooms, it can be difficult to clean and does not retain heat. Consequently, it probably does not belong in a living room.
Which Flooring Option is Best for You?
The point of a custom home is choosing a design that fits your needs as the homeowner. Choosing to floor is no different. If you aren’t sure which flooring option is best for you, try asking yourself the following questions.
- How many pets or children live in your home?
- What areas receive the highest foot traffic?
- How often do you invite friends over?
- Are you messy or clean?
- How big is your home?
- What is your home’s “theme?”
Compare your answers to the above questions with the advantages and disadvantages of the primary flooring types. For instance, if you own a pet that sheds constantly, you might find it easier to sweep the fur off hardwood rather than vacuum it off the carpet.