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A great way to enhance, update, and beautify a home is to change the flooring. If you want a warm, yet sophisticated look, hardwood flooring is an excellent option. For a more contemporary but also inviting and rich look, granite or stone works best. If you have a room, where you want to be able to lie on the floor in front of the fireplace, then carpeting is the answer. In other words, regardless of your needs or taste, you will find a number of flooring solutions that will be perfect.

As you begin your search, you will probably feel a little overwhelmed by all the options available. You will find that style, function, and cost vary from one manufacturer to another. The key is taking these three factors and determining what is right for your home. In addition to your own preference, you should also look at the home�s architecture. For instance, if there are arched doorways that give a Mediterranean feel, work on that and stick with granite, stone, or hardwood. To give you a better idea, look at each of your options broken down:


The number of options available for carpet is staggering. You will find wool, nylon, Berber, plush, pile, and so on. While each has its own, purpose, it is important to talk to a professional about the type of carpeting that is best for your home. For high-traffic areas, wool is a great option because it is strong and durable. For areas that you worry about spills and stains, nylon works best. While Berber is a great choice for family rooms because of its affordability and durability, it would not be the right choice for a bedroom. Prices will vary but on average, you can expect to spend between $15 and $30 per yard installed.

Vinyl Flooring

For years, vinyl flooring was given a bad reputation of being a cheap choice for flooring. However, today�s vinyl flooring has completely changed. Not only will enjoy durability but you will be amazed at the incredible options in design, color, and style. For this type of flooring, expect to pay from $18 to $30 per yard installed.

Ceramic Tile Flooring

For tile that is elegant and produces a designer look, you will find that unlike most floor tiles that measure 12 x 12 inches, with ceramic tile, you can choose 18 x 18 or 24 x 28 inch tile squares for a more dramatic appeal. Just like the smaller sizes, the color and design options are endless. For installation, prices will vary from $8 to $15 per square foot.

Hardwood Flooring

Without a doubt, hardwood floors add a rich, refined look to any room. You will have choices in mahogany, pine, oak, ash, and so on. Since you will be walking on the flooring a lot, this investment is one in which you do not want to skimp. Even so, you will find that installation is affordable, averaging from $6 to $12 per square foot.

Laminate Flooring

Finally, laminate flooring, also called Pergo, is a company just as Armstrong or Formica. This type of flooring is great for high-traffic areas, landings, hallways, and entire rooms simply because it is virtually indestructible. Pergo flooring is easy to install, affordable, and comes in a huge variety of colors and styles for any type d�cor. You will find options that mimic hardwood flooring to designs that look like ceramic tile. Because the flooring is so durable and beautiful, this is always a great choice. For having Pergo installed, you would pay anywhere from $6 to $12 per square foot for installation.
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