Hard Flooring Surfaces What You Need to Know

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For homeowners and prospective home buyers, flooring material is one of the many considerations they have to keep in mind. What to use and where can make a significant difference when selling or buying a home. There are a wide variety of flooring material to choose from. Carpet, wool, ceramic, terrazzo, travertine, marble, granite, limestone, hardwood, oak, and bamboo are just a handful of the flooring material available to homeowners. Though these are all wonderful flooring material, hard surfaces seem to be more popular than soft.

The numbers speak for themselves. In 2010 for example, 39% of the flooring material sold for commercial purposes was hard surface, whereas 25% was carpeting. In 2011, a good two-thirds of residential floor replacement projects used hard surface material rather than soft. Homeowners seem to prefer hard surfaces over softer ones. Why? Well, for starters, hard surface flooring has a lucrative return on investment come selling time. Though estimates vary, installing a hardwood floor as part of a restoration project can have a return on investment as high as 200%. And that is just hardwood. Stone restoration projects can have an every higher return (depending on the material and location).

Of all the hard surfaces available to homeowners, terrazzo is one of the most popular and, some would say, luxurious. Terrazzo is a composite material made out of granite, marble, quartz, sand, glass, and other substances. It is known for its durability and resilience, capable of handling large amounts of traffic (which is why it is a popular material for lobbies and other areas that host a lot of people). Terrazzo cleaning is fairly simple because of this, which makes it even more popular with commercial property owners who do not want to spend too much time or resources on cleaning the floors. Terrazzo floor cleaning and terrazzo restoration projects are needed from time to time however, just like any flooring material. To find out more about such projects, feel free to leave a comment or question at the bottom.

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