Making changes to your floor can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of your home. Even a subtle improvement can have a profound effect on the entire room. Updates made to a floor are made for two specific reasons: Natural weathering of the floor due to age or an atypical usage causes damage, thus requiring an upgrade or resurfacing in order to ameliorate the problem OR an interior redesign requires significant changes. In most cases, a homeowner will elect to resurface or make some minor fixes. The replacement of an entire floor can be a costly endeavor, as material costs and labor (if you hire someone) can cost thousands of dollars. If you have a wood floor that creaks, simple replacement of nails and a few new boards may solve the problem at a much lower expense than what may have initially been estimated. In the event that you do decide to completely redevelop your floors, you must determine what type of material best suits the design of the room. The possibilities are seemingly endless when considering what to use, though several of the most popular are hardwood, ceramic tiles and basic carpeting. Hardwood has generally been considered the most attractive, though at a price, as strains like rosewood and mahogany can be quite expensive. Tiles are generally used for bathrooms and kitchens because they are water resistant and easy to clean. Water damage in wood can cause early signs of aging and shorten the lifespan of the floor. Tiles are also the easiest and cheapest to install. Carpet can be a good decision if you have no interest in gutting the floors and starting over. Instead you can simply cover the surface with a carpet. Before starting any flooring project, remember to consult a professional to get an idea of cost and feasibility.