Flooring and carpeting

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Updated: 12/23/2002 1:40 pm
The types of flooring you choose can help give your home both style and comfort. There are many options to choose from in low, mid and upper price ranges. If affordability is important to you, look for a balance of durability and price. Durability saves money by extending the use of a product. Some flooring options are easier to maintain than others. Ceramic tile, vinyl flooring and marble are all easy to clean. Some kinds of marble are easily scratched, and may not be a good idea for high traffic areas. There is a variety of carpets to choose from. Patterned, sculpted, shag and berber style carpets are becoming as popular as plush carpeting. If allergies are a concern, consider the berber style carpeting, which produces less lint than other kinds of carpet. Wood, ceramic and vinyl are also health smart options for allergy sufferers. Wood flooring is now available in many colors, styles, and shapes. If you want the beauty of a wood floor without the regular maintenance they require, consider the latest in wood look laminates. This tongue and groove flooring is virtually identical to wood, but doesn't require the refinishing a wood floor needs.

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