Nail Down New Flooring

Nail Down New Flooring

When it comes to renovating a home for sale, many people look up — to a new roof. However, it's a good idea not to overlook what's beneath your feet: flooring and carpet. New flooring can make your home much more attractive to prospective buyers.
Choosing the right new flooring can be tougher than it seems. In addition to getting the perfect look and feel, you also have to consider factors like moisture, durability, and cost.
Although there are many kinds of flooring out there, most homes will sport one out of just five options. Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of each type will help you make the right selection to add value to your property.
Let's take a closer look:


Vinyl is made from synthetic polymers with added color and is the most budget-conscious choice. It's easy to clean, and it resists water damage, so it tends to be the best selection for areas like kitchens and laundry rooms where other floors show age fast.
Things to Remember
  • A broom, mop, and soapy water will usually clean stains from vinyl very easily.
  • Vinyl can be tough to repair when damaged, so avoid cracks and harsh chemicals.
  • Vinyl usually costs $2-$4 per square foot and comes in large, cost-effective sheets.


Tile is made from ceramic or porcelain. It combines the strong water resistance of vinyl with a premium appearance most associated with bathrooms. It can also be an excellent choice for kitchens since it won't fade with repeated cleaning. Faux finishes can enhance its appearance.
Things to Remember
  • Tile is easy to clean, but grout is a notorious dirt magnet; replace it every 5-10 years.
  • Tile ranges from $12 to $19 for each square foot and usually requires pro installation.

Composite or Engineered Wood

Processed wood flooring can look similar to hardwood but is made by compressing multiple layers of plywood with a single hardwood layer on top. It is very versatile, with easy installation over any subfloor, and is good in any moisture-free environment.
Things to Remember
  • Sweeping and mopping will keep processed wood looking like new for many years.
  • Beware of footwear! Heels, cleats, and any heavy, dragging object can harm the wood.
  • Square foot costs run between $7-$11; handy homeowners can handle the installation.


Hardwood is considered the "gold standard" and adds value to almost any home. It tends to last for about a century but will require more maintenance than other floors. It can be sanded and re-finished to extend its lifespan and will work in any moisture-free area.
Things to Remember
  • Weekly broom cleaning and monthly mopping will meet most of this floor's needs.
  • As scratches and dullness set in after a while, the floor can be restored by buffing it.
  • Hardwood can vary in price but tends to be among the most expensive options.


Carpet is the go-to flooring in bedrooms, living areas, and many playrooms because of its comfort. It can be made from polyester, nylon, or polypropylene, with plenty of colors and styles to choose from. For the most part, it will last throughout the life of the home, but it can show wear in high-traffic areas.
Things to Remember
  • Spills must be cleaned immediately to prevent staining.
  • Vacuuming a few times a week will keep the carpet clean.
  • A carpet usually needs professional installation but costs as little as $4 per square foot.
Just like a fresh coat of paint, new flooring can refresh a home's look before going to market. Your real estate agent can advise you about flooring trends that match buyers' tastes.

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