For many people, bedrooms are more than just a place to sleep. They are often a personal sanctuary, an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the world outside. The bedroom is also the place to let your hair down, kick your shoes off and relax. That means we even dress differently in our bedrooms than in other rooms of our home. For that reason, many people prefer a different kind of flooring in their bedroom than they may have in the rest of their home. When it comes to choosing the right flooring for your bedroom, here are 5 options and why you might want them.
Tile flooring has traditionally been the go-to option for homes in warmer climates.
Carpeting can trap heat while tiles not only stay cool underfoot but help keep entire rooms cool as well. Rooms with tile floors are hard to heat, however, so tile has not been a traditionally
great option for people that live in colder climates and are not as enjoyable in the winter for the residents of warmer climes.
Today, however, with radiant heat options, tile flooring is gaining in popularity in colder climates as well. Heated mesh can be laid under your tile floor which radiates heat upwards from your flooring, rather than from a heat register. Not only does this keep your floor nice and warm underfoot, but it also cuts down on energy costs as well. In the summer, tile also helps keep energy costs low in areas with hot summers and cold winters. Even residents of warmer climates can benefit from radiant heat, which will make their nice cool tile nice and warm in the winter.
Tile is also a great option for people with a master suite that includes a bedroom and bathroom. Today's bathrooms are doing away with walls, stalls and other barriers, creating one large, smooth, seamless space. Tile provides a great option for a smooth, seamless transition between your bedroom and bath, creating one truly master suite.
Carpet remains a popular option in bedrooms thanks to the comfort and warmth it provides
underfoot. It also dampens sound, which is particularly important on upper floors. The drawback, of course, is that it can be the most high maintenance type of flooring; requiring vacuuming
rather than mopping and is easily stained by spilled food or drinks. While high pile carpet can be the most comfortable and luxurious underfoot, it can also be the hardest to maintain, as even
the most powerful vacuum cleaners have trouble getting deep down into the pile to pull up dirt, dust and other residue. High pile also becomes matted easily over time and is not a good option for
high traffic areas.
Berber carpet is a great durable option for people that want a great low-maintenance carpet option. Berber carpet uses thicker, heavier loops of yarn, is easy to keep clean and is great for heavy traffic areas.
There are a wide variety of hardwood flooring options available on the market today, with
a number of great features and at a wide range of price points. Genuine hardwood is, of course, the most expensive option, but it is also the most durable and will generally add the most value to
your home. Genuine hardwood is more fragile and high maintenance than some of the other options, but it can also be sanded down and refinished when it gets nicked and scratched. Although some
people prefer the battered, beaten, distressed look of real hardwood.
Engineered hardwood flooring is less expensive than real hardwood but is still a real wood floor. Bamboo is also gaining in popularity thanks to the sustainability of bamboo forests and the durability of the wood itself. While bamboo is not considered a genuine hardwood, it is still a natural flooring and comes in a wide variety of stains, including stains like cherry and oak that are nearly impossible to differentiate from genuine hardwood.
4. Laminate Flooring
Laminate floor is a great option for people that live in older homes with uneven floors or
people that want to cover up an existing ugly floor. Laminate flooring is made from recycled wood that has a thin layer of melamine laid on top of it. This melamine layer makes it one of the most
durable flooring options, while the recycled wood makes it almost indistinguishable from hardwood. Because of the protective surface on laminate floors, they are the most likely to survive major
floods and years of cleaning.
Laminate floors are made of slats that click together and can be laid over existing tile, concrete or hardwood flooring. For people that love the look of hardwood, but not the maintenance or the price tag, laminate is one of the most economical and durable options available.
Vinyl flooring is often confused with laminate and many people don't understand the
difference between the two - probably in part because they can look exactly the same. Vinyl generally comes in sheets that are made from a synthetic material and is glued directly on the floor
underneath. Because it is very thin, however, unlike laminate, it needs to be installed over a smooth, flat surface or it will have lumps and bumps. The higher end versions can actually look
quite upscale and can be nearly indistinguishable from hardwood or tile flooring.
While it is water resistant and the surface is waterproof, the adhesives used to glue the floor in place won't generally stand up to floods or standing water. Sometimes, the flooring is actually applied over plywood, so if water soaks through, it can warp the subfloor as well. Cheaper versions may also fade over time as well, if they are installed in areas that get hit frequently by direct sunlight.
No matter what kind of flooring you have laid in your personal oasis, you should always have it installed by professional installers. Not only do they have the experience to install it quickly, but you can be assured it will be done right. Flooring materials are expensive, so make the most of your investment by having it installed by the best.