Flooring Options for Every Taste & Budget

Whether you’re planning a major addition or just renovating a single room, you have to factor in flooring. In order to simplify the process, we’ve broken your flooring options into four categories — here’s what project coordinator Michael Daniell had to say about each.

Traditional Flooring OptionsTraditional Flooring
“Hardwood floors — typically white or red oak — are still the standard in kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, hallways, etc. The big challenge with hardwood is making sure the new floor matches the look of the existing floors in adjacent rooms. It’s very hard to perfectly match new oak with old, due to variables in the grain and hue.

“We’re seeing more and more homeowners go with prefinished hardwood, which has already been sanded and coated with three coats of urethane. As a homeowner, it’s nice not having to deal with the hassle and smell of having your floors finished on premises. And while prefinished wood is priced higher than natural wood, installation and preparation costs are much less. So it’s pretty much a wash in terms of pricing.”

Modern Flooring OptionsModern Flooring
“Here, you’re looking at ceramic and porcelain tiles. You’ll typically find these in bathrooms along with the occasional kitchen. Ceramic and porcelain come in a lot of patterns, shapes and colors, so you can probably find something right for your tastes.

“If you like the look of tile, the one big drawback is price. The persquare- foot price varies quite a bit, but you can count on tile being more expensive than hardwood. It also requires a lot more time for floor preparation and installation, which adds to the overall cost.”

Resilient FlooringResilient Flooring
“This category includes modern and commercial-grade vinyl as well as floating floors (both pergo laminate and wood veneer). You’re most likely to find resilient flooring in a kitchen or perhaps a basic bathroom, but we don’t do a lot of this category. Generally speaking, this is the least expensive of the four categories.

“What’s nice about vinyl is that it comes in a variety of widths, so you don’t have too many seams in the floor. Manufacturers also offer a wider variety of patterns now; some vinyls even have a ‘tile’ look.”

Green FlooringGreen Flooring
“Green flooring includes bamboo, cork and Marmoleum, all of which are generally less expensive than hardwood. Bamboo usually comes in the form of a floating floor. Cork floors usually consist of raw cork with another material, like linoleum, on top. So you get the thickness and resiliency of cork but don’t actually see it.

“Manufacturers describe Marmoleum as a natural version of linoleum. It’s environmentally friendly because it is made using all-natural materials and lasts for a long time. Plus, it looks a lot better than the drab flooring that most people associate with linoleum.”

Not sure which type of flooring would be best for your remodeling project? Call Custom at 781-648-2835 — we’ll be happy to go over your options.

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Custom Contracting, Inc. 1267A Massachusetts Ave. Arlington, MA 02476 Phone: 781-648-2835 Fax: 781-648-0907 Email: cci@custom-contracting.com

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