When you’re looking to replace your home’s floor, you want the best return on investment you can get. Your floor is so crucial, not just because it’s the ground you stand on, but because it helps to determine the value of your home-to yourself over time, and for when you sell. When we talk about return on investment, yes there’s the actual investment into your home’s monetary value, but you must also consider what returns you get personally from making such an investment. Does the floor damage over time? Will it stay in style? Does it fit with your home?
All of these questions and considerations also have a direct result on the value of your home. When purchasing a home, the type of floor, its age, and its durability are huge considerations that can increase the price of your home. Even if you don’t plan on selling any time soon, the selling value of your home should always be considered in any home improvement project.
So when considering flooring options, you want to look at what’s in style, what’s valuable, and whether the investment is worth the cost. Let’s get right into it, here are 3 floors with the best return on investment.
Hardwood floors are by far the most popular option for any homeowner. They are known for their stylistic design and their durability, given that they can be sanded down and repolished. Not to mention that with new technology, hardwood floors can also be more environmentally friendly and adaptable to damp environments more so than before.
The type of hardwood is a harder decision, and that is where your personal style and flavor comes in. It’s hard to predict what styles will stay in style, although we can recommend you avoid older styles of hardwood. Larger boards, cool colors, texture, and matte finish are all very popular options that will give your home more value and a chic, modern look to your home.
If you’re looking for a hardwood look but at a cheaper cost, a good alternative luxury vinyl. Vinyl is not what it used to be. You can buy some vinyl tiles at a much lower cost that looks exactly like hardwood. It will not give you the same return as real hardwood, but it’s a more affordable solution that will still increase the value of your home and give you the look you want.
As we said, hardwood floors are by far the most popular option. Therefore it’s no surprise that the other flooring options with a high return on investment are hardwood alternatives. Laminate floors are wood pressed at high temperatures. They’re about 50% cheaper than hardwood floors and damage less easily. Like vinyl, you will invest less, and gain less, but you will still increase the resale value of your home with laminate flooring.
Anytime you’re looking to change your floor, never forget about the resale value of your home. However, don’t let it keep you from building the perfect home for you.
Northern Virginia is in a pretty sweet spot in not getting too cold in the winter time, with minimal amounts of snow. BUT, when it does get cold here, it’s pretty uncomfortable, and forget going anywhere when it snows; you better get cozy where you are, because it’s going to take a while!
When deciding what types of flooring to get, you may want to think about whether or not you want to install radiant heat. It makes for a more palpable winter season, animals love laying on it, and radiant heat is actually quite economical.
There are a few different types of floors that do quite well with radiant heat, but you may want to consider the pros and cons before making your final selection.
Porcelain and ceramic tile are the most popular types of tile, and are the best at conducting heat. Your home will get the maximum in radiant heating and the tiles will not be adversely affected as the heat warms or cools. Whereas expansion and contraction can cause damage to other forms of flooring, tile is completely unaffected.
Laminate floors come in a wide range of styles including those that look exactly like hardwood floors. Laminates are a popular choice for those that are on a budget. This form of flooring does great over radiant heat because of how it’s made. Layers of wood, running in opposite directions makes it a stable flooring option-more so than solid wood.
Engineered Wood Flooring:
Produced in layers, just like laminate, engineered wood flooring has a stable base that won’t react to the heating and cooling process. Engineered flooring’s top layer is solid wood and the bottom layer is a great conductor of heat. Because it’s not actual hardwood, it’s not as susceptible to the damages that hardwood can endure by the heat.
Natural Stone Flooring:
Natural stone is the best when it comes to conducting heat. Granite, travertine, and the like are porous by nature, and allow the heat to travel through it, not just beneath it.
When it comes to radiant heat, there are really only two types of flooring you may want to stay away from; vinyl and carpet. Vinyl can discolor or give off vapors from the chemicals used to create and process it. Carpeting already has insulation, so to put radiant heat beneath it would be a waste of money-you won’t feel it. As mentioned above, solid hardwood floors shrink and swell during the heating and cooling process which could lead to cupping, cracking, or crowning. In short, it’s not worth it in the long run.
Talk to us about what kind of flooring you want in your home, and we’ll plan together how to keep your feet warm even in the coldest of northern Virginia’s winters!
Northern Virginia is very low on commercial real estate, so if you find a space to create your brick and mortar business, it’s important to make it shine both on the outside and on the inside. Curb appeal is quite important depending on what kind of business you have such as a clothing store, a restaurant, or if in a service-related industry. The focus you put on the outside of the dwelling should be just as important for the inside of your dwelling as well. The first thing your clients will notice is how inviting your space is, from the walls, to the décor, down to the floors. Choose flooring that both compliments the rest of the design, and has a positive effect on both your employees and your clients.
There are a few questions you should ask yourself before embarking on flooring; what design will your business have, is it traditional, modern, quirky? What emotional responses do you want to evoke? Also, ask yourself how comfortable the flooring should be to both your clients and your staff. How important is that? Also, ask yourself if the flooring you choose is easy and relative inexpensive to fix. Lastly, you should set some form of a budget and then allow a buffer for last minute changes or for miscellaneous expenses.
Vinyl flooring is quite popular for its long-lasting appeal. If you have high traffic like a retail store, consider vinyl to prevent damage, dents, scratches, etc. Vinyl is also very easy to clean.
Carpet tiles provide good insulation and the ability to remove certain tiles that have been damaged as opposed to replacing an entire store size of carpeting. Carpet tiles are great for an office environment.
Rubber flooring works quite well in restaurants due to its durability and resistance to water and heat. It’s comfortable to walk on (which is great for your staff) and comes in such a wide variety of colors and textures, your clientele will never guess its rubber!
Laminate flooring is the most inexpensive alternative, and yet is simple to install, does not scratch or dent easily. It’s durable and easy to maintain as well.
Because your small business may have different needs in different areas, we suggest you use a combination of two of the above mentioned flooring types to add appeal and separation of rooms.
Don’t choose a flooring simply based on price; it may end up costing you more in the long run. Look at your business as a big picture and a long-term solution will prove to be the best choice. Ask our designers to help you during this process.
No one wants to think about the holidays right now, but it’s really just around the corner! Halloween is closing in on us ,and less than a month from that is Thanksgiving, and only a month from that is Christmas, Before you know it, the year is over! Before the stress of the holidays become part of the season, if you’ve been thinking about changing your flooring, you may want to consider doing it now.
Of course, considering replacing the flooring shouldn’t be done specifically for your guests, but it is a good time to upgrade so you can show off your beautiful home! Before you embark on replacing your flooring, there are a few things to consider outside of cost. We’ve broken it down to these few questions so you can get the most out of your flooring.
What is my style?
Look around your home and determine what your overall style may be. Perhaps you’re going through a phase and can’t be too sure what your core style is, but there are flooring options that go with multiple styles. If you find you’re more traditional a red oak hardwood floor would be a great addition; if you’re contemporary or modern, a luxury tile may be a better option. Find your style in the things you have to determine what the style should be in the flooring you choose.
Is the flooring comfortable?
This is a pretty important question to ask. If the flooring is going to be replaced in the kitchen, think about how much time is spent in there. There’s a lot of time spent on your feet preparing food, and hard flooring can be tough on feet and legs making you uncomfortable. Luxury vinyl may be a better option than traditional tile. Laminate or hardwood flooring may be a better option than slate, so on and so forth.
How easy is it to clean?
Again, another very important question. You’re going to have a house full of guests, most likely more often than once, and those people spill food and drink-it’s natural. Flooring with multiple grooves such as tile may be a little difficult to clean. Choose a flooring that’s simple to clean, and doesn’t require a whole lot of maintenance.
What is the life of this flooring?
Most types of vinyl and laminate flooring have shorter lives than tile or wood flooring. Laminate reacts to moisture and temperature, which is common in the kitchen. Wood and tile hold up well through heavy traffic. If this is a home you plan to be in for a very long time, you may want to consider the type of flooring you install; do you want it to last as long as you do? These are questions you should ask yourself before setting out to select a flooring type.
Budget is the biggest question, and should be the first one you ask yourself. Once you’ve set your budget, ask yourself these previous questions, and see one of our designers to help you find the best answer. Knowing the answers to these questions will clarify your overall design plan and set you forth with the perfect flooring for you! Just in time for the holidays!
There are many exciting new trends that are coming through for the end of this year and into the beginning of the next. There are some that are wildly short-lived (leather cabinets, anyone?) and some that are so beautiful, they’re clear to be long-lived classics. At Kruper Flooring, we understand there’s so much more to your kitchen than just your floors; you have to consider your overall design, and tie it all together. Here are our suggestions for those kitchen trends that take you beyond your flooring and beyond the following five years as well.
We’ve seen a lot of white over the past few years, and there doesn’t seem to be a slow-down on all white kitchens. They’re easy to clean, and convey a very calming aesthetic. But, if you’re into a bold look, try an all-black kitchen. Black is quickly proving to be the new white with a real wow factor. The untraditional look easily becomes the focal point of your home’s design. The sophistication of an all-black kitchen with small pops of color in accessories truly hones the movement towards fusing ultra-fashionable and ultra-functional elements.
If all black seems a little dark for you, there’s also a trend of using more muted Hex colors like Equator Yellow, Bali Hai Blue, all shades of Gray and Tawny. The neutrality of these colors keeps your kitchen from looking like a box of crayons, and ups the sophistication value of your space as well. These colors also work well with a multitude of other colors also, so if your style changes, your cabinets don’t have to.
As we mentioned in our last blog, countertops are seeing a lot of change this year. Cork, concrete, silestone, and quartz countertops are pushing out the ever popular granite countertops as top choices for new kitchens. Don’t worry if you just got granite a couple of years ago, it’s not a dated look just yet. Granite is still quite popular, however, as millennials are becoming home owners, their eclectic styles and out-of-the-box ideas on what is considered ‘normal’ are beginning to strongly influence future design.
The white subway tile is making way for more eclectic, colorful and interesting backsplashes. No longer just a place to blend the countertop with the upper cabinets, it’s now viewed as an area to really showcase your artistic side. Colorful and eclectic tiles that either add that pop to your otherwise monotone kitchen showcase a theme for your kitchen that can then be translated in light fixtures and other kitchen add-ons.
These colorful tiles are also being used in flooring, tying the entire look together! Either use them in conjunction with your hardwood flooring, or, create a tile-like rug as a focal point in your kitchen. We’ve seen a surge in cork flooring and luxury vinyl tile simply for their ease of care and water-resistance. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and where you most likely spend most of your time. Taking some of these key elements and translating them into your new, stylish kitchen will not only update your look for the coming years, they’ll wow your guests as well for a very long time!
Ask us how we can help you design your dream kitchen!