We often take the surface under our feet for granted.  This is easy to do when you are outside of your own home since we are not the ones that are going to be tasked with cleaning them up.  When it comes to the floors in our own homes, however, we want to be able to keep the clean and shiny looking for as long as we can.  Doing so will improve the look and feel of your home, and maintain its structural integrity and value you for years to come.  Having such healthy appearances on these surfaces can be tricky, unless you plan on cementing everything and using a leaf blower to banish any dirt and dust.  Basically, there are three options—wood, carpet, or tile—and each one has certain advantages and disadvantages in having them new and fresh looking.

Many go for wood flooring because it lends itself a rustic, homey charm.  When laying in this material, you need to be aware of the pitfalls associated with it.  Because it is a natural substance, it is susceptible to natural factors like termites, rot, and mold.  There are some faux options that eliminate these risks, but they are often easily spotted as not being the real deal.  Therefore, if you want the genuine article, considering lacquering your flooring.  This will seal it again many of those natural factors mentioned a moment ago, and will make cleaning and shining it a cinch.  If you do not lacquer it, you will have to do these things more than twice as often to maintain it.

Perhaps the most common type of flooring in most homes is carpet.  Carpet is an advantageous material because it helps insulate homes.  If you live in climates where you need a heater in the winter, this saves on heating costs.  However, the fibrous substance tends to also retain dust and dirt of every variety.  Plus, if you wear your shoes on it then you will stain it at a faster rate with everything you track across it.  Thus vacuuming it regularly is key.  Also consider calling in some professionals to do a deep clean every once in a while is a good idea.

Lastly, tile is increasingly used not just in kitchen and bathroom settings, but in many other rooms through the house.  It is easy to install, impervious to natural phenomenon that plague other flooring materials, and is easily cleaned and polished.  On the down side, it does tend to be cold and can create an echoing cavern out of your home.  Still, these factors can be mitigated through the use of throw rugs.  Further, they can be coloured in a variety of ways, making your house warm in its appearance if not in actual temperature.

In the final analysis, tile offers more advantages than the other flooring types in terms of its appearance and ease of maintenance.  It can sometimes be pricey, but still less expensive than having to constantly repair wood or clean carpet.