Whether you are moving in, moving out, or just need a change, re-flooring can have a transformative effect on your home - and provide a boost to your home's value. If you are selling your Southern California home or have just bought a home, your real estate agent is a great resource for home remodeling advice. Before contacting any hardware stores or contractors about costs, make sure you know what you want.
Every type of flooring comes in a variety of colors and types and there are more choices than can fit into one blog post. Below, we’ve listed 5 common types of flooring to get you started and how each can affect your home's resale value.
1. Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood floors are a classy option for any home, providing mass appeal to buyers and a nice boost to your home's value. They don’t have a very high resistance to moisture but they are easy to clean and won’t stain - a major benefit for homes with children. Unfortunately, hardwood floors need to be refinished every few years so while they're great for resale value, the can be costly.
Most hardware stores will carry at least 3 types of hardwood flooring: prefinished, unfinished, and engineered. Engineered wood is close in price to prefinished hardwood flooring and has the same resale value as solid wood flooring. However, engineered wood is more resistant to moisture and can even be directly glued to concrete, unlike traditional hardwood flooring. It is made of hardwood and soft plywood, layered beneath a top layer of the finished, expensive hardwood.
Another option is the recent trend of using “worn in” wood. Often referred to as “eco-chic” or “vintage chic”, this wood flooring is made of upcycled wood panels.
2. Tile Flooring
Tile is ideal for kitchens and bathrooms because of its natural resistance to water. One of the main pros of tile flooring in Southern California homes is its ability to keep a home cool - a great plus for potential buyers.
Easy to clean and customizable, tiles come in just about any pattern and in a variety of materials including ceramic, porcelain, glass, and stone.
One downside to having tile floors is that it’s hard surface increases the risk of injury in the case of a fall or slip. This problem can be mitigated by buying an area rug, especially for colder months.
3. Irregular Stone Flooring
Like tile, stone is water resistant and helps keep hot California homes cool. One of the beautiful aspects of this flooring is that each floor will be unique. Note, you could be alienating potential buyers. When you're thinking about updates, the safest bet is mass appeal.
While some stone floors come in square tile form, others come in irregularly shaped pieces. There are a variety of stone types you can use but these are the 4 most common: slate, sandstone, marble, and granite.
4. Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl is the synthetic alternative to linoleum. It provides good durability for the cost, reduces noise, and can be very comfortable, depending on its subfloor. Ideal subfloor for vinyl is well sanded plywood. If you're considering a home sale soon, vinyl is great because it looks just like hardwood floors, but it's a fraction of the price.
Over time, vinyl flooring will start to show the texture of the material beneath it. One major downside of vinyl is that its color can fade with sunlight. It is ideal for rooms or bathrooms without a window, or with low levels of sunlight.
5. Carpet Flooring
Carpet is a popular choice for flooring, especially in bedrooms and playrooms. It’s soft, reduces noise, provides safety from slips and falls, stabilizes temperature, and is never cold on your feet. Although added warmth is rarely a need in California, bedrooms benefit from the extra comfort of carpet.
Carpet doesn’t require very much maintenance and is easily cleaned with a vacuum. The easiest thing a potential seller can do is replace carpet to give a home a fresh, model home feel.
Prices and available materials can vary greatly from city to city, and so can labor costs. If you are re-flooring your home to increase its resale value, make sure you discuss your thoughts with your agent before making a decision.
Find an agent in an office near your Southern California home to make sure the information you receive is accurate to your locale.