When it comes to choosing the right flooring option for your home, it can be overwhelming on which material is right for you. Most commonly, homeowners tend to choose one flooring style for the entire home, while others choose different flooring options throughout the house based on use. The decision is not just about what is the right flooring for a room, but should also be based on shape and size of room, foot traffic, the room’s utility, potential water spills, pet traffic, and furnishings.
For example, areas with lots of foot traffic need a more durable flooring option that can handle the wear and tear. Utility rooms, entryways, bathrooms and kitchen need a flooring option that can tolerate occasional water spills or dampness. In addition to the conditions that affect flooring integrity, you also have to consider budget. The higher the quality of flooring, the higher the price.
Choosing the appropriate flooring option can be daunting and sounds complicated. We want to help walk you through this process and possibly introduce you to new products for you to consider. Here are popular options for you to consider. We have outline the benefits and features of each flooring option and include “Pros” and “Cons” for each flooring options.
Laminate flooring is one of the most basic and inexpensive types of flooring on the market. Laminate flooring has come a long way, you can find high quality laminate flooring to give you a high-end look on a modest budget. Laminate flooring is made of synthetic material that simulate wood or even a stone finishes, which is then laminated on too the flooring base. Laminate flooring was once thought of as an inexpensive option. However, laminate flooring has come a long way in terms of quality and durability. Laminate flooring is offered in a wide variety of color and finish options. Some clients have found that the options are sometimes too numerous and it is difficult to make a decision. If maintained properly, a laminate floor will last you several decades.
Ceramic and porcelain tile is very popular due to its low cost and simple installation. Two of it’s top benefits are that it is easy to clean and maintain. Most dirt can be removed with a simple damp mop. Ceramic and porcelain tile have a hard glaze coating that increase durability and create a hygienic surface making it an excellent choice for indoor and outdoor environments. Recent innovations in ceramic and porcelain have been made to create a finish that mimics wood grain. Some wood look tile is so realistic it is difficult to tell the difference between wood-grain finishes and real hardwood flooring. Ceramic or porcelain tile is not the best option for small children or pets since the grout is susceptible to staining easily.
Hardwood flooring has become one of the most popular flooring options for homeowners. Hardwood flooring is milled from a single piece of lumber. Walnut, oak, hickory are the most common wood used in creating hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring is a traditional and classic flooring option that offers rich colors, an expensive feel, and a sense of style that can last for decades. This classic look does not come without a price, hardwood floors are not cheap, and they come with a fair share of maintenance. Hardwood are resilient and can handle pets and children well. Keeping hardwood floors clean is critical to ensure that your investment lasts you several decades.
Engineered wood differs from hardwood in that it is a veneer of hardwood on top of several layers underneath. In essence they are similar to laminated floors, but they are fully made of natural wood components, and include a natural wooden grain. Engineered wood flooring pricing sits right in the middle and is quite affordable. Installation is not too difficult. Engineered wood products can appeal to almost any budget because it is available in several styles and colors. Since engineered wood is made up of several layers of pressed wood, it is higher on the durability scale. Additionally, since engineered wood flooring is a man-made material it does not have any special maintenance requirements. Daily cleaning is not required.
Bamboo is an eco-friendly flooring option that is very durable. Bamboo flooring is an ultra-durable natural option that utilizes bamboo reeds installed over subflooring. This new flooring product ranks slightly higher than many hardwood, and installation is on par with regular hardwood flooring. You should also keep in mind that bamboo does not have a wide selection to choose from, your color options are quite limited. The majority of bamboo floor options come in lighter color variations.
This is a new flooring option that is great for the eco-friendly homeowner. Cork is a flooring derivative that is made from bark of the cork oak. Its natural look and a highly sustainable wood flooring option. Since the installation of cork flooring is very difficult to install, we highly recommend that you leave it up to our professional flooring installers. Cork flooring’s eco-friendly production and responsibly sourced put’s it on the upper end of the pricing scale. Once installed, cork flooring must be finished, if left untreated it easily warps and can absorb water which ruins the flooring material. Properly maintained, cork flooring can last for quite some time.
Natural stone as a flooring option has been around for centuries. Natural stone has been used not only for flooring, but for building materials and structures. Stone flooring is one of the most durable flooring options, and definitely the heaviest. Due to its weight, you want to make sure that the foundation or surface of installation is well suited to handle the weight. The production process includes carving the stone out of a quarry and then cutting it to a flooring material to be used as natural stone flooring. Natural stone flooring options include limestone, granite, marble and slate. Natural stone flooring is usually reserved for the ground floor of a home, or kitchens and outdoor patios. Natural stone flooring is difficult to install, and mistakes can be very costly to correct. We would definitely recommend having our floor installation team install your natural stone flooring. Since natural stone flooring is a naturally occurring material, so it is very expensive.
Did you see a flooring option that you are interested in? We hope that the pros and cons of these most popular flooring types will assist you on your next flooring project. Chances are you still have some questions about color and finish options, what option is best for my project, and of course the cost. We would love to assist you with selecting the best flooring option for your home that best suits your lifestyle and use of the install location. Feel free to reach out and Contact Us for more information about assistance with choosing your flooring option.