Certain flooring materials are popular for their durability, while others for their beauty. However, each flooring material has its unique strengths and weaknesses.
As a homeowner, it is easy to get overwhelmed with the many flooring options at your disposal.
1. Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood floors are the gift that keeps on giving. Because they have a classic style, they shouldn’t fall out of fashion, giving you a good return on your investment.
- Looks great
- Is long-lasting
- Is easy to clean
- Comes in different patterns and shades
However, it may warp in high humidity, and it has a high initial cost and a high repair cost. You can repair hardwood, but that’s not always practical. Instead, you may need to remove the damaged plank and strip down the rest so that they match it.
Laminate flooring is a synthetic floor covering designed to look like wood or stone flooring. This type of flooring is a cheaper alternative to real wood.
- Can mimic different materials, textures, and surfaces
- Is durable
- Is easy to clean
- Can be installed over existing flooring
However, it doesn’t usually feel like wood or stone flooring.
A soft feel underfoot is what makes carpet one of the most popular flooring options for many home buyers. Carpets are comfortable to sit on, and they come in many designs. They are also perfect for insulating a room. A good carpet reduces noise by absorbing sound. If you want luxury, look for a longer pile length. If you simply want a floor covering, go for more durable manufactured options.
- Comes in different shapes, sizes, colors, and thicknesses
- Can trap allergens
- Is easy to install, remove and replace
However, it’s hard to clean and may stain. Carpet is often the cheapest option, and it’s often used in rentals to protect the underlying floor.
4. Ceramic Tile
Tiles reign supreme when it comes to durability. In fact, tiles have for some time been the best option for bathroom flooring. These days people use tiles in dining areas, living rooms, hallways, and entries. The options are endless.
- Are highly durable
- Is resistant to moisture
- Comes in a wide range of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures
- Are easy to clean
Tiles do not retain heat, however, making the room feel colder. They are also the hardest to cut, and they may be significantly more expensive than laminate and carpet — although not always.
These 4 flooring options are the most popular, but there are many more. If you look hard enough you will find other flooring types such as rubber and terrazzo. Pick the best according to your taste and preferences.
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