The materials you use when installing floors in your home depends on how you plan to use your space. If you plan to live in the house for a long time and make it your family’s home, you should use the material that is the most comfortable and appealing to
you. If you are selling the house, it is advisable to research and establish the general view of the market for what type of flooring
adds/holds the most value. Once you have found what the market prefers in this regard you should use that material. The following are some suggestions on how different types of flooring affect the value of your home.
Vinyl is easy to clean, inexpensive, and comfortable to step on. It is particularly ideal for the kitchen. A buyer looking for a low maintenance floor would most likely prefer vinyl to other more expensive options for a house in the lower end of the market. Vinyl flooring is a very logical low maintenance option.
Modern tiles are appealing to most home buyers. The best tiles are the porcelain because they don’t chip as quickly as ceramic.
Modern tiles measure 18 square inches and 24 square inches. If the tiles are old and chipped or cracked the cost of replacing them could be deducted from the sale price. On the other hand if they are beautiful and modern it will increase the value of the house.
Laminate looks like wood, and some builders use it as an alternative to wood. The problem is that it may eventually warp over time, making the floor look bad. One advantage of laminate is that it is relatively comfortable to stand on Typically, laminate does not add the value of your house and some buyers may specifically reject laminate floors.
In high-end properties wood increases the price of the house. This is especially true if you use oak or maple. The house gets an
elegant appearance which increases the value of the home. Wood is also great because when it is properly cared for it is durable.
Wood flooring eliminates the need to replacing the flooring regularly out of necessity.
There are other types of flooring such as stone, which is most appropriate for special purpose areas like the area under a heating
unit. Rocks conduct heat and they can withstand high temperatures if the right type of stone is used. These floors improve the value of special purpose buildings because they make the buildings durable and efficient. In residential however they are unlikely to add value because they don’t meet the general standards of beauty for a residential house. Therefore, the type of flooring that will add and hold the most value to your building depends on the intended use of the space.