Floor coverings are obviously quite important in one’s home. After all, floors are the most used feature of any house! The right floor patterns and floor textures can truly make a difference in a house, and different areas of the house demand different floors. Kitchens, for example, are almost exclusively floored with hard surfaces such as hardwood and tiles; carpet is rarely used due to the fire risk as well as the potential mess!
That is just one example that goes to show how important floor coverings are. To better illustrate this point, here are three different kinds of flooring materials and their respective advantages:
Carpet: Carpets provide a soft, fuzzy feel for one’s feet. Many people like carpeting. In fact, a recent Houzz survey found that 38% of homeowners want or plan to install carpeting in their master bedrooms. However, carpets are beneficial for more than just their look and feel. Several studies have shown that carpets can reduce allergies in a home. A study conducted in Sweden, for example, found that allergic reactions in the country increased by 30% as carpet use decreased by 70%.
Hardwood: Hardwood flooring is also quite popular among homeowners. So much so, in fact, that it can even increase the value of a property. The National Association of REALTORS, for example, found that 54% of prospective homeowners would pay more for a house with hardwood floors.
Tile: Tiles, like hardwood, provide a sturdy, solid surface and, like hardwood, are very good for the environment. Linoleum tiles, for example, are made from totally natural ingredients such as pine resins, wood flour, ground cork, and flax seeds, making them 100% biodegradable and friendly to the environment.
Floor coverings can do more than just provide something for your feet to stand and walk on. They can palpably improve the condition of one’s house. For more information, feel free to leave a comment or question at the bottom.