NEW YORK, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- If you want to make a giant change to the entire look of your home with just one renovation project, look down! According to the real estate experts at RealtyPin.com, new floors can give your home a more modern feel – even if you don't change anything else. But before you start ripping out carpets or attacking your tiles with a jackhammer, you have to give some serious thought to your new floors. In fact, before you add anything new, you've got to consider these 5 things:
1. How humid does it get?
Don't just think about the humidity in the city or state where you live, but in the exact room where you're going to install your new floors. For example, your bathroom isn't a good place for hardwood floors because the steam from your shower will ruin them. Instead, opt for ceramic tile. Or, if you want that hardwood look to match the rest of your decor, get vinyl or laminate that's designed to look like real wood and won't be affected by water and steam. As an added benefit, it will also be a whole lot cheaper!
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2. Is this is a high-traffic area?
Save the "delicate" flooring for areas that don't get a lot of foot traffic. For example, the entry way of your home isn't a good spot for white carpeting, where people are going to track in mud and everything else that the outside elements can bring!
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3. Am I prepared to deal with echoes?
Switching from carpet to something harder – like tile, hardwood, or granite is going to make your room noisier. After all, carpet absorbs a lot of sound. That can make for a big difference, especially if you're making the switch in an upstairs room. So, before you make a change, ask yourself if you're OK with some additional noise.
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4. Am I prepared for a change in temperature?
Once again, getting rid of that old carpet can make for some changes. For example, installing tile or marble in your bedroom is going to lead to cold feet when you step out of bed in the morning. Is that OK with you? If you love the look – but not the chilly feet – just invest in a throw rug next to your bed (or a good pair of slippers!).
5. How much time am I willing to spend cleaning?
If you invest in tile, remember that light grout is going to show dirt more than its darker counterparts. Or,if you go with carpet, lighter shades are going to need to be steam cleaned more often than dark carpets will. And, genuine hardwood is going to need to be polished more often than its faux counterparts will. So, before you choose a specific type of flooring, figure out your own time commitments!