Several homeowners only focus on the aesthetic and price of the flooring without knowing the material and features. You have to consider the comfort, maintenance, and sustainability of the flooring.
Let’s walk through the type of flooring and what to consider.
You have two options for hardwood flooring: solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring. Both options have walnut, oak, ash, and maple species. Hardwood flooring may exude a warmth and cosy aesthetics, but it has several downsides. It is a costly flooring; the most expensive among the options.
Even with its high price, most solid wood flooring tends to expand and contract due to humidity levels. It results in splinters, squeaky floors, and splinters.
Vinyl (Resilient) Flooring
Most homeowners prefer vinyl flooring because it is inexpensive, easy to install, and resilient. Vinyl can resist stains, dents, scratches, and it is waterproof. You can even install it in your bathroom or basement. However, its aesthetics are still far from hardwood flooring.
It has the same aesthetics of a hardwood flooring, but it is only a wood photo laminated with a protective plastic coat. Laminate flooring is resistant to dents and scratches, making it one of the most durable options for flooring. However, most people thought it is a real wood. Its plastic finish and underfoot vibration gives away it is fake.
In the market trend, carpet flooring is losing to vinyl flooring. However, it is still the most comfortable and cost-effective option. You can install and maintain carpet flooring easily. However, its main problem is it holds dust and dirt, which is unpleasant for people with allergies.
Like hardwood flooring, stone is timeless and adds value to your home. You can choose three types for your flooring, sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic stone. All of these stones have unique features, but all of them are durable to withstand heavy foot traffic. The downside of stone flooring is its difficult installation and premium price.
Concrete has become a fashion-forward material for flooring. Its shade of institutional grey is unique. It may have different surface treatment to make it more durable. Concrete is a good heat conduction, it is a good option to those who plan to have their hot water tubes installed under the floors.
The downside of concrete flooring is its cost. It is expensive because it is a custom product that requires professional installation and annual maintenance.
You have two options for tile flooring, ceramic and porcelain. Tiles have a classic look and available in several designs. It is a good thing that tiles are low maintenance. However, its difficult installation is one of its drawbacks.
Choosing the right flooring for your home is overwhelming, but do not limit your home to having only one type of flooring. Remember that most houses have multiple types of flooring because each room in the house has different needs. Moreover, remember the rule of thumb: invest in durable flooring materials in rooms with more traffic.
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