Not because the client does not have the knowledge to make an informed decision, but because there are so many variables. Those who don’t have any budget restrictions can select nearly any product they need and those who are on tight budgets have to find a product that appears the very best for the money they need to spend.
It sounds easy enough, but today there are so many hardwoods, laminates, and floor tiles in rich colors that even the homeowner will limited funding can have a troublesome time choosing from all that is offered.
For the dyed-in-the wool hardwood enthusiast there are a huge number of trees and stains from which to select. One homeowner may need a darker finish like Black Water Birch, African Mahogany, dark oak or Malaccan Cherry. The person next door may like a more medium color like natural oak, natural cherry or natural walnut. The neighbor across the street might need a more contemporary house and desire a lighter wood such as white oak, natural maple or a natural hickory. The person with no preconceived color preference will be in a quandary!
Some homeowners desirous to update and redecorate will visit a flooring store and learn that there are laminates and engineered woods that look similar to hardwood floors and have the identical stains. In addition, a decorator may want to have something exotic like Caribbean Rosewood or Brazilian Cherry which cannot be imported as a result of local deforestation. But with the digitally produced laminate flooring, it isn’t a problem. Laminate flooring looks like hardwood flooring but it’s cheaper, may be very easy to care for and is extremely durable. The most difficult part is making a final decision.
Then you will have a homeowner who wants to update a kitchen, bath or entry way with tile. Tiles are as abundant -if not more so – that the choices for hardwoods. Knowing the room where tile flooring it to be used is a key in determining which tile is best. Both porcelain and ceramic floor tiles are available in glazed and non-glazed. You would not want to use a glazed tile in an entry way or bathroom that may get wet. Moisture could make them super slippery.
But these are usually not the only choices relating to tile flooring. There are the natural stones like marble, granite and travertine. While marble and granite are natural bounty from the earth, travertine is manufactured from porous compounds that are not smooth or shiny. Many government buildings as well as mansions have tile floors laid with marble and granite. A lot of the flooring used in the building of great Roman and Greek landmarks was made of travertine.
So you see, there are lots of flooring options. Find yourself a trusted flooring store and let the professionals help guide your decision.