Choosing the right floor for your home can seem like a daunting task. Do you choose carpet because of the warmth and comfort, or wood because of its timeless appeal and durability? And what about ceramic or porcelain tile, natural stone and new surfaces like decorative polymer coatings? You wouldn’t want a marble floor in the bedroom, but what about the Master Bath? Fear not! At Mr. Floor we can help you find the flooring to satisfy your needs. Here’s how carpet, wood, ceramic tile and natural stone compare.

Carpeting Pros and Cons

Synthetic and natural carpeting remain popular because of their warm, inviting nature. Few people can resist running their hand over a luxuriously thick cut pile carpeting in our Skokie flooring design center. Carpeting can be an excellent choice for bedrooms and gathering spots. However, it’s less appropriate for high traffic areas, or where spills or water might be present. Some additional advantages to carpet are that it muffles noise, provides cushioning and is faster to install.  Carpeting can also hide imperfections in the subfloor and is often less expensive than other alternatives.

Wood Flooring Pros and Cons

Wood flooring continues to be the must-have feature in the new and resale home market. A classic and timeless choice, wood floors help to unify adjoining spaces and serve as a backdrop to virtually any aesthetic or design. With the continuous improvement of engineered wood flooring, wood can be used in an ever-increasing number of spaces including basements and bathrooms. Because of the different types of wood flooring, various installation methods, and abundant species and finish choices, wood has become virtually limitless. It is important to remember that proper installation is essential for wood flooring, and cleaning is required to maintain appearance.

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Ceramic Tile Pros and Cons

While you might not put ceramic tile in a bedroom, the new generation of tile and patterns make it suitable for just about any other area of the home. Ceramic tile comes in a virtually unlimited number of colors, shapes, textures and sizes. This flexibility allows your unique aesthetic to shine through. Porcelain tile is long-lasting and wearing and generally easy to clean.  The grout lines, however, do need regular maintenance and in general, ceramic tile has a lower perceived value.

Natural Stone  Tile Pros and Cons

Natural stone is used to describe dozens of rock types that can be sliced into tile form. The most common natural stone floor types include granite, marble, limestone, travertine and slate. Long-lasting and wearing natural stone is easy to clean and has a high perceived value.  Of course, proper installation is essential for a long-lasting floor and natural stone can be slippery when wet.

By Igor Murokh

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