In many cases, it is best to avoid putting in new flooring in a historic home, especially if the original flooring is made from hardwood that can be sanded down and refinished. However, in some cases installing new flooring in such a home is unavoidable. In such instances, consider the following options from the experts at Floor Coverings International West Metro Atlanta if you want to keep an authentic ambiance and avoid losing money if you eventually sell the house.
Hardwood is a great option because it was used in centuries past but is still a popular flooring option to this day. Hardwood flooring can be installed in just about any room of the home; however, you may want to consider other options for your kitchen and bathroom to avoid water damage that is expensive or even impossible to repair.
Cork is an eco-friendly material that can last for up to 50 years. It was first used for flooring in the early 1900s and is a particularly good option for Queen Anne style homes. Cork flooring will need to be waxed and buffed in order to retain its beauty.
Linoleum flooring is made using cork and linseed. Like cork flooring, it is environmentally friendly and needs to be waxed and buffed regularly. It tends to have an earthy color that makes it a good option for homes that are meant to have a natural look. Linoleum flooring looks particularly good in the kitchen of Queen Anne and Art Deco homes.
Georgian and Early American homes look great with stone flooring. Avoid modern patterns and styles; do some research to see what a stone floor would have looked like over 100 years ago and choose a stone that is as similar to old style stone flooring as possible. Stone flooring can last for up to a century but will need to be cleaned and buffed to keep it looking good.
Small mosaic tiles were commonly used in Colonial and Queen Anne style home bathrooms but can also be installed in the kitchen. Authentic pattern choices include penny round, 1″ hexagons and herringbone. Make sure the mosaic tiles you pick have a matte surface to prevent slip and fall accidents.
Installing new flooring in a historic home is a challenge because you want to choose flooring that is not only convenient and good looking but also authentic. Consider the ideas outlined above if you are renovating a historic home and talk to the flooring experts at Floor Coverings International West Metro Atlanta and we can help you choose the best option for your particular house. We proudly serve the greater Marietta, East Cobb, Powder Springs, and Smyrna areas and look forward to working with you!
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