Floors can completely upgrade the look and feel of your home. The difficult part is choosing which type of floor to have installed. With so many different options, it can become a tedious task to choose what works with your personal aesthetic and financial needs. At the same time, finding a reliable company for flooring in Los Angeles can add to the unpleasantness that arises with many home projects.
The easiest way to go about choosing your next kitchen, bathroom, or living room floor is to first evaluate the five main types of flooring options: hardwood, vinyl, carpet, tile, and laminate.
1. Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood floors are generally regarded as the most luxurious, adding a touch of elegance with a bit of warmth. They are generally low-maintenance, extremely durable, and have the added benefit of being able to be refinished rather than replaced
This versatility and luxury comes at a cost though. Hardwood floor installation in Los Angeles can range from $10-30 per square foot. With such a wide range of pricing options, it becomes even more difficult to know which companies are reliable!
When choosing a hardwood floor installation company in LA, it is important to ask questions to determine whether or not they are going to install it properly. With a hefty investment, you want to be certain they are going to get it done right the first time.
You should ask them if they are going to remove the old boards if necessary, test for moisture, and install using a staggered pattern. You should also be aware if they are planning to subcontract the work, have a project manager on site, and have a dedicated customer support staff.
2. Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl floors are growing rapidly in popularity. They look and feel similar to hardwood floors, imitating the shine and grain that they typically have. However, in general, vinyl floors are much easier to install, and cost much less than hardwood.
Many homeowners even consider installing these floors on their own. It can appear simple after watching a few clips online or doing a bit of research. However, going with a professional Los Angeles vinyl installation company, like Yalla Construction, is a much safer option.
Vinyl requires a perfectly smooth, flat surface in order to be installed correctly. If you lack this, and the proper sub-flooring, installing vinyl floors will become a nightmare!
Once your vinyl floors are successfully installed though, you’ll be able to use them for years! They are decently durable, reduce noise, and are comfortable to walk on. Just be careful because unlike hardwood, vinyl can’t be refinished. If there is excessive damage, you’re going to have to replace it all.
Carpet is slowly becoming phased out of the more modern aesthetic many are pursuing. That being said, carpet still has many benefits compared to the other flooring options.
Carpeting provides a few things the other floors simply can’t; warmth, cushioning, and eco-friendliness. The warm, comforting feel of a high quality carpet is unmatched. This cushioned surface provides support, can reduce the damaging effects of a fall, and eliminates the obnoxious creaking hardwood produces.
In addition to all of that, carpet is considered one of the more eco-friendly options on the market. When it’s finally time to rip up your old carpet, it is frequently taken to be reused when manufacturing new ones.
Despite the benefits, carpet is difficult to clean and repair, requires frequent maintenance, and is susceptible to allergens like pet dander and mold. With hundreds of styles to choose from, carpeting also suffers from a bit of a double-edged sword.
Although there is a style and color for any ambiance, choosing a carpet can be a daunting task. Check out our flooring page to see some of the best types of carpets for your desired look and feel.
When evaluating different flooring options, it becomes apparent that the preferred flooring options are usually durable, low-maintenance, cost-effective, and stylish. Tile is arguably all of these things.
Depending on the type of tile, most are extremely durable, require minimal maintenance, are less expensive than hardwood, and are relatively stylish. Now, we don’t think that bright white ceramic tiles should be used everywhere in your house, but with tile, you have options.
Many are made from sand and stone providing earthy tones with minimal grout lines. Most people consider tile solely for their bathrooms, but with a variety of different sizes, textures, and tones, they can be used anywhere and everywhere.
Despite these numerous benefits, tile has one main flaw, they adapt to the weather around them. This means that in the winter, when all you desire is a warm, cozy carpet, you’ll be greeted with a terribly cold, hard floor.
Then, in the summer, when you finally think your frigid tiles will come in handy, you’ll be disappointed to find that they are room temperature, if not a bit warm to the touch.
Make sure that when planning a tile installation project, you utilize a licensed professional. Tiles require precise grouting that will look messy if done improperly.
Vinyl and laminate are commonly confused. If you are shying away from hardwood due to cost, but enjoy the look, these two are your best bet. They both mimic the look of wood and are generally easier to install. So which do you choose?
Laminate is made of 99% wood whereas vinyl is 100% synthetic. The advantage of using laminate is that, being made mostly of wood, it mimics the look and feel of real hardwood more effectively. It is also generally considered more comfortable to walk on due to its innate thickness.
The disadvantage of laminate is it’s lack of water-resistance. If exposed to even minimal amounts of water, laminate will swell and become permanently deformed. If this happens, it will need to be fully replaced. Vinyl on the other hand is completely water-resistant and will not have a problem retaining it’s form.
Which Should You Choose?
The type of floor you decide to go with should be based on a combination of location, foot traffic, appearance, and individual desires. Each flooring option has benefits and drawbacks, but at least with this information you’ll be able to make a somewhat educated decision.
If you have any questions, or are looking for a reliable, licensed flooring contractor in the Los Angeles area, you can always contact us!