Friday, December 13, 2013
Choosing a material for your floors can be a tricky business. There are many beautiful options available on the market, but you should also be practical and consider maintenance and durability. Carefully thinking through your flooring options will be a good investment for years to come. Know the pros and cons of some popular floor material choices for a better-informed decision.
Solid wood flooring creates a warm atmosphere in a home. Planks come in different lengths and widths. The bigger the plank, the more expensive it usually is. While real wood flooring is more expensive, it can also pay off in the long run because it can be sanded, stained and refinished multiple times, saving you the expense of installing new floors. Wear and tear of real wood can also add a charming lived-in look to a home.
2. Natural stone
Natural stone floors come in slab or tile forms. They add a sophisticated vibe to any room, but also come at a hefty price. There are different stone types available, from the usual marble and granite, to the rare onyx and quartz floors. Choose nonporous stones such as granite and slate for high-traffic areas or ones that are constantly wet.
3. Ceramic tile
Ceramic tiles come in an array of different sizes and designs. Interesting patterns can be made from a combination of different-sized tiles. Being low-maintenance and stain-resistant, they are a great flooring material for spaces that constantly get wet such as the kitchen and the bathroom. Tiles are usually avoided in bedroom and living room areas because they can look and feel cold underfoot.
Laminate flooring mimics natural materials such as wood and stone. Laminates have an image of the real material, which is then treated with a clear protective top coat. The bottom of the laminate is made of fiberboard. Laminate wood flooring is popular because it’s cheaper than real wood flooring and has stain-resistant qualities. For great-looking floors, choose laminates that have embossed textures and grains. Also, you could opt for flooring that has a wide variation of grain patterns.
Similar to laminate flooring, vinyl floors also look like natural wood and stone, but vinyl also comes in other design styles and patterns. This type of flooring is made of vinyl material printed with the design and protected by a clear top coat. It comes in tile and sheet forms. A drawback of this type of flooring is its low resilience to damage. - Aislinn Kee