Top 5 Types of Flooring

Carrying out any remodeling or renovation project is always an exciting endeavor for homeowners who take pride in the aesthetic and functionality of their residential. One major home improvement job is flooring, which can be done if you are bored of your old flooring, find harrowing issues with your flooring, or need to match your flooring choice with the rest of your interior design. The flooring of rooms is one of the understated and overlooked assets of homes. Floors really do have the power to change the look of the room completely. Here are the top five types of flooring you should look into if you are remodeling your residential.

Porcelain or Ceramic Tile

Tiled floors are a classic flooring option that will probably never go out of style! It is used mostly for bathrooms and kitchens, you but can incorporate ceramic or porcelain tile flooring in dining areas, hallways, and laundry rooms as well. The best part about tiles is that they are very durable, easy to clean, and come in different designs. They are available in tiny mosaics and even large floor tile formats with a wood design, giving an illusion of a hardwood floor. However, what you should keep in mind is that:

  • If you live at a location where it is generally cooler all year around, tiles may not be the best option as they get really cold.
  • You should conscientiously remember to opt for non-slip tile for safety in rooms such as bathrooms, mudrooms, and entryways to avoid accidents.

Hardwood

Arguably one of the trendiest flooring types out there, hardwood flooring can really add warmth and wonder to a room. Hardwood floors are perfect for living areas, but can also extenuate dining rooms. Hardwood flooring comes in both prefinished and unfinished looks, as well as in engineered and solid forms.

Things to consider when opting for hardwood flooring:

  • Do not use hardwood flooring in rooms that have the most chance of getting wet (such as bathrooms, kitchens etc.) as it will ruin the look of the flooring.
  • It does certainly cost a lot and needs a lot of maintenance as it is not extremely moisture resistance and can easily receive scratches.

Laminate

A lower cost alternative to hardwood flooring, laminate flooring is made up of resin and wood pulp which really makes it look like real wood. It is basically a lower quality version of hardwood flooring but still helps you achieve the look you were going for. What you should keep in mind, however, is that:

  • Laminate flooring is almost impossible to repair
  • Cannot be refinished if the finish gets damaged or wears off
  • Laminate flooring is a good option for living areas that, again, do not get wet.

Carpet

The smell and look of a newly installed carpet are truly unmatched. A classic option, carpeting is easy and quick to install and is perfect for colder climates. It also helps to limit noise when walking, which is not entirely possible with other types of flooring. Things to keep in mind are:

  • Obviously, not to install carpets in areas such as kitchens or bathrooms which are a wet zone in the home.
  • Carpets can get stained quite easily, and are hard to clean up and maintain.

Vinyl and Linoleum

These resilient flooring types are extremely easy to install and come in the forms of sheets, tiles or planks. They are very durable and are moisture resistant. They also are come in a variety of styles and colors, and are perfect for the most used areas of homes, such as laundry rooms, kitchens, dining areas, and bathrooms. It is also prefect for those who want to go green, as linoleum is made up of natural materials.

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