When it comes time to update a home, many look no further than the materials beneath their feet. According to a recent survey, more than 30% of homeowners cited flooring as what they dislike most about their homes.
Changing the floors in a home can do more than lift a person’s spirits. “New floors are a significant design refresher, as well as a solid investment that can increase your home’s value,” Dan DiClerico, home expert at HomeAdvisor, told Realtor.com.
What to choose a modern look? Here are 5 popular options, as detailed by Realtor.com:
Wood-look porcelain tile: Porcelain tiles that look like wood have a major advantage over the real thing: they don’t scratch or show wear, in general. “[I]t’s easier to maintain, without too much sacrificing of style,” notes the website. Cost is generally $3,000 to $4,000 for a 200-square-foot area.
Waterproof vinyl plank flooring: This is another option that looks like wood but is more durable, and, better yet, water resistant. Thus, it’s great for kitchens and bathrooms. Cost: from 50 cents to $5 per square foot; add an extra $3 to $5 per square foot for installation.
Stained concrete: If you have a modern or industrial style home with minimalist design, concrete “usually mixed, poured, and polished by hand,” as described by Realtor.com, will complement your design. Cost: $2,000 for a 200-square-foot area.
Terrazo: “Terrazzo is made from stone fragments, crushed glass, shells or other organic materials embedded in concrete and polished until smooth,” notes Realtor.com. This is a traditional look that’s gaining ground in modern designs. While older versions are generally more grey, newer terrazzo tile plays with color. Cost: $7,000 for a 200-square-foot area.
Black and white patterned tile: Giving rooms an Art Deco touch, black-and-white patterned tile complements “almost anything,” notes Realtor.com. Cost: $3,000 to $4,000 for a 200-square-foot area.