One of the most important aspects of renovation, and one of the largest aspects, are your floors. Choosing the right type of flooring is one of the main ways of bringing together the look of a room and making your renovation feel complete. There are six types of flooring for you to choose from to complete your renovation.
Hardwood is the most popular flooring options, and thanks to it’s classic look, we believe it will be the top flooring option for years to come. Hardwood is on the more expensive side of flooring, causing many renovators to only put hardwood in one room. Because hardwood is natural wood, it needs to be refinished every 3 – 5 years to eliminate scratched, water damage, and dents.
- Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tile is one of the more popular flooring for bathrooms and kitchens. This flooring is one of the more water resistant, easy to clean, and durable. There are unlimited choices in colors and patterns for ceramic tile, making it ideal for renovators who want a wider variety of options. Ceramic tile does need regular sealing every few years to keep it looking its best.
Laminate is the cheaper hardwood alternative; it has an almost identical appearance with a much lower price tag. A bonus to laminate over hardwood is the durability of laminate flooring, because of the veneer that is applied to the top of the flooring, it is more resistant to pets, shoes, etc. Although this veneer is more resistant to some aspects of day to day life, it is not resistant to water damage. Because laminate flooring is made from plywood or compressed fiber, that makes this flooring susceptible to water damage.
There are multiple types of vinyl flooring to choose from, along with many types of colors and patterns. There is a thicker vinyl flooring with peel-and-stick backings, another that is rolled out and glued into place, and clickable planks of vinyl. The more ideal option would be to choose the clickable planks, their appearance is nicer and has a cushioned layer underneath each plank. Vinyl’s lifespan is a little lower than wood or tile, making it more difficult to maintain and keep looking top notch.
- Engineered Wood
If you are looking for a flooring with the appearance of hardwood with better durability, engineered wood would be your best beat. Although it has the look of hardwood, the price tags look quite different, engineered wood is significantly cheaper than hardwood, mainly due to how it is made. This flooring is made with a thick layer of plywood with a thin veneer of real wood on top. Even though engineered wood is more durable, it is not completely resistant to damage and unfortunately, having such a thin top layer of real wood, it can only be refinished a few times.
You can find carpet in most homes in America. There are many different texture options, styles, and colors for customers to choose from. This is the most comfortable flooring, especially if you were to invest in quality padding underneath your carpet. The density of the carpet determines the durability; a denser carpet will be much more durable compared to a looser carpet. Most carpet requires a lot of maintenance, especially when looking at the cleanliness of your carpet. Using the correct vacuum on your carpet is important in keeping the quality and sustaining your carpet for years to come.