When renovating a home or considering moving into a new place, it’s important to know the pros and cons associated with various types of flooring. So, we’ve outlined how some of the most popular flooring types compare when it comes to cost, durability, installation, and maintenance. ”
Ceramic or Porcelain Tile
Ceramic and porcelain tiles provide durable, hygienic surfaces. It is relatively inexpensive and easy to clean and sterilize. Because it is a very hard and rigid surface, it is not the best choice for living areas. It can be extremely difficult to install, and grout can attract stains and be difficult to clean.
Floating Wood Tile
Floating wood tile is a relatively new flooring material composed of a laminated synthetic material that simulates a wood or stone appearance. Because the tiles come from engineered materials, it’s easy to install and replace them. Moreover, they are easy to clean and are very hygienic. However, floating wood tiles are susceptible to scuff marks. You cannot sand or refinish a wood tile. As a result, they are not as durable as hardwood flooring.
Carpet is a warm, comfortable option. Synthetic options are conventionally made of polyester, nylon, or polypropylene, but a natural carpet can be made from wool. It comes in a variety of styles, colors, and patterns and can act as a noise dampener. It retains warm air in the colder months and can improve air quality by trapping pet dander and debris. Unfortunately, it is also prone to stains and can be extremely difficult to clean. They wear down in high traffic areas and maintaining them can be expensive.
Oak, walnut maple, and hickory are the most common types of hardwood flooring. Hardwood floors are extremely durable. True hardwood is possible to sand and refinish many times over. They are also easy to clean. However, they can be expensive and extremely difficult to install. Depending on what type of climate you live in, hardwood floors can shrink and expand as seasons change and temperatures fluctuate.
Engineered wood, which consists of a hardwood veneer on top of several wood layers, is much more resistant to the effects of moisture than hardwood. It is processed to have a specific look and feel and comes pre-laminated in a variety of styles, sizes, and stains. It is easy to clean and install and can be installed over any subflooring. Cost, quality, and durability vary greatly among brands. Refinishing options are limited, which means engineered wood does not last as long as hardwood.
Like hardwood, bamboo flooring is extremely durable. Made from bamboo reeds and able to withstand sanding and refinishing, bamboo floors are an eco-friendly option. However, it is also similar to hardwood in that it can be pricey, difficult to install, and susceptible to water damage. It is also sensitive to sunlight and can fade over time.
Made from the bark of the cork oak, cork flooring is a highly sustainable and eco-friendly flooring option. It is stain and mold resistant and durable, springing back from wear in high-traffic areas. However, it is important to select a high-quality finish because it can affect the cork’s durability and water-resistance. It is an expensive flooring type and can be difficult to clean.
Stone floors make use of different types of natural rock carved out of a quarry and cut into tiles. Limestone, granite, marble, and slate are all commonly used for flooring. Easily the most durable type of flooring, stone typically improves with age and offers a timeless appeal. Unfortunately, that durability often comes at a high price. Not only is stone an expensive flooring, but it can also be very difficult to install and clean.
Vinyl flooring is a synthetic polymer flooring option with pigmentation added for color. It is flexible and can be glued or nailed over sub-flooring, making it extremely easy and inexpensive to install. Because it is non-porous, it is easy to clean and highly water-resistant. However, the soft quality of vinyl flooring means that it is easy to damage and difficult to repair. Along with carpet, it is one of the least durable flooring options.
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