Choosing a new floor for your home can be a serious challenge, which becomes even more complicated as the size of your budget gets larger. For those who have a very limited budget, it is a little easier, as you will really be looking at a limited number of options, probably being a laminate, or ceramic tiled. When you have a larger amount of money to spend and are looking for something that is truly beautiful to look at, the choices are harder, simply because there is just so much on the market today to make the selection from. A genuine timber floor will last as long, if not longer than the house, so you are going to have to live with the decision for a very long time. Regardless of which end of the spectrum you are at, good shopping around can definitely save you some money on your purchase.
Early laminate floors did not have the best of reputations, and it was thought that having one might even make it harder to sell your house. The laminate flooring options available today are of really excellent quality, even at the cheap end of the market, and for many homes, provides a very easy to maintain, good looking and long lasting surface. Made of MDF or HDF board, it has what is essentially a photograph of timber flooring on top, offering excellent scratch resistant properties, which are very useful if you have pets or children. It is very simple to install with a click together system, and is soft enough to be able to be cut relatively easily.
Engineered flooring is becoming one of the most popular options around the world as it has an amazing array of excellent properties. Made of multiple layers, each laid horizontal to the previous layer, it is almost entirely impervious to water, even standing pools of it, for an extended period. It has a veneer surface made of genuine quality timber, so has exactly the same look as the real thing, but at around half of the price. Like a real timber floor, if and when it becomes scratched or tarnished, it can be sanded down and refinished, offering the warm feel of genuine timber, which really gives a house a homely feel.
Were cost not an option, a real timber floor would probably be the preferred option for most people as it is really difficult to beat its amazing look and feel. A real timber floor is a great investment, as it is unlikely to need replacing during your lifetime, and adds to the resale value of your property. Wood reacts to the humidity levels within your home and has been shown to have excellent health benefits, such as helping to provide cleaner air to breathe.
The costs associated with a floor are made up of the price of the materials and the cost of installation, though you could save around half of the price if you install it yourself. As the quality of the floor increases, so unfortunately does the difficulty in laying it down, so while a laminate floor can be laid by any reasonably competent DIY enthusiast, the timber floor is probably not the thing to take on as your first project.