A Comparative View of Flooring Expenses
Those who are building a new home or renovating an existing one frequently want to change the floors. Not only does a new floor add an entirely new kind of character to a home by changing the texture or colour scheme, it can also impart a clean, fresh atmosphere that gives the entire structure a new lease of life. Those considering new flooring, however, have so many types to choose from that the process can be baffling. One of the data points that can help them reach a decision is the issue of comparative cost.
Some of the least costly options for flooring consist of synthetic materials such as linoleum or vinyl sheet. Of these, when installation costs are factored in, vinyl sheet tends to be the least expensive. These are not good choices for high-end homes where buyers will expect to see more use of natural materials. Neither are they appropriate for those who have issues with chemical sensitivity as they tend to exacerbate the condition.
The least expensive option of all is usually vinyl tiles, which have the advantage of being relatively simple to install, even for a beginner to home renovation. However, they also present issues with chemical sensitivity.
Ceramic tile, natural stone tile and hardwood floors are considered “better” flooring options for those who wish to market their homes to a higher-paying clientele. Of these, only hardwood flooring can be easily renewed through the periodic application of floorboard sanding, which eliminates scratches and exposes a fresh layer of wood to be polished and stained.