Contertops, cabinets, light fixtures, and crown molding seem to get a lot of attention when homeowners are looking to remodel and upgrade their homes. And while all of those things are really important when considering a remodel of your Naples-area home, it also pays to look in a different direction. Lookout below, because the materials you choose for flooring can have a huge impact on the look and feel of your newly redesigned home.
These days homeowners have a huge variety of materials from which to choose. There’s the timeless beauty and elegance of hardwood floors (and an amazing array of colors, grains, and styles). Or, if you’re doing a bathroom or a lanai area, you may opt for tile, or concrete (no, we’re not talking about sidewalk style cement here. Interior concrete is extremely durable and can be finished in a wide variety of textures and colors).
Comfort-minded homeowners may want to consider cork—a realitve newcomer to the flooring industry that looks warm, feels soft, and provides a sleek, elegant surface. And for those who have a mind to use sustainable materials, bamboo floors (also relatively new) look great and have amazing durability.
For those who are more budget minded, engineered flooring that gives you the look of stone, tile or hardwood (and yes, they really do look pretty amazing) is a lower cost alternative that might be worth your consideration.
If you’re looking for more specific tips and things to consider, we found a very helpful series of Floor Buying Guides at hgtv.com. You can explore the pros and cons and options of each of the flooring types mentioned above—and more. The guides provide an explanation of terms, things to look for, and characteristics for each of these flooring choices.
Of course on of the big questions you’ll have when choosing flooring is how your floors will look with the rest of your rooms. Will the hardwood clash with the kitchen cabinets? What will the tile look like with the bathroom fixtures you have selected? That’s when it’s nice to be able to see and feel materials first hand. That’s where our showroom really shines. You can get a general idea of what you like online, but there’s no substitute for seeing things for yourself—up close and personal. And while you’re there, you can check out other components such as cabinets, fixtures, lighting, and more.
We encourage you to look around for ideas for your home remodeling project. But as you do, don’t forget to look down! Your floors are an important part of your remodeling endeavor!