Over time people have come to realise just how hard carpets can be to keep them looking good. As well as how expensive they are to keep replacing. The trends of the last few years have moved towards other types of flooring, which are cheaper and generally so much easier to clean and maintain. Especially when you have messy kids!
Real wood floors can look really good, but they need as much, if not more care than carpets. You can get the same effect with laminate flooring by Factory Direct Flooring and it is cheaper than both real wood and carpets. However, it has some distinct advantages over either.
It is easier to maintain, will not fade in sunlight and is not susceptible to knocks and stains. The top layer of melamine plastic also means it is pretty much scratch and impact resistant as well. This durable flooring will keep looking good for years before it needs replacing.
It is also very easy to install, with many people laying it themselves without the help of professionals.
Tiled floors are a very durable form of home decor, as well as being very attractive. And with the proper care, you can expect them to last well in excess of 10 years. They are available in several different materials and no end of styles and colours. Ceramic and porcelain ones have a protective coating on them that means they are waterproof and stain proof.
The best tip if you decide to tile your floors is to buy just a few more than you need. Then if one does get damaged you can replace it, which is quite a simple job to do and will keep your floor looking good.
Other Flooring Solutions That Are Not So Usual
Homeowners have come up with all sorts of cheap ways of laying a new floor, most of which are very durable and will last for years. Some of them will cause a lot of interest as well, and take a great deal of patience to create.
Imagine a floor made of pennies. To start with you would need to collect many thousands of them depending on the size of the floor you are trying to cover. More than one enterprising homeowner has made their floor this way and saved themselves a lot of cash. You literally glue the coins in place and then fill between them with black grout. Once that has dried you seal with a clear coat and you will have a new floor that will be a talking point for anyone that calls at your home.
Floors have been made with corks from wine bottles, beer bottle caps and old wooden pallets among other things. Old album covers would create quite a stir among your guests. But one of the most unusual floors has to have been laid by the homeowner who fitted his guest bathroom floor with chalkboard and always left a supply of chalks in there for them to use.
However you decide to deal with your floor, just remember that making it durable and easily cleanable will make it worth any effort you have to make.