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Floor Types – Pros and Cons

Jan 31, 2023 | Home Tips

When choosing the right flooring for your home or business, there are several factors tconsider. From durability and maintenance to cost and style, it’s essential to weigh the pros and cons of different flooring types before deciding. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most popular flooring options and their benefits and drawbacks:

Hardwood: 

Hardwood flooring is a classic choice that adds warmth and character to any space and typically lasts a very long time.  It’s durable, easy to clean, and can be refinished to restore its natural beauty, and it comes in many widths and wood types.

Hardwood floors are for the long haul, they can last 100 years or more, but the cost of the materials and installation can be more expensive than other options, and there are more practical options for areas prone to moisture, like bathrooms and basements.

 

Laminate (Pergo) & Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP): 

Laminate flooring (pergo) is a budget-friendly alternative to hardwood made of composite wood pressed together and covered with a decorative layer. It’s easy to install and maintain and resistant to scratches and stains. However, it’s less durable than hardwood and can’t be refinished.

Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) is also a laminate floor with six to eight layers of various materials including PVC.  LVP flooring is typically more durable and looks more like wood than pergo does, if you buy a quality LVP product and have it professionally installed.

Vinyl: 

Vinyl flooring is a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms due to its moisture-resistant properties. It’s probably the least expensive flooring option, it’s easy to clean and maintain, and it comes in many styles and patterns.  But it’s also not as durable as other options, and it can be prone to tearing or fading over time, but if you do vinyl squares, they are easy to replace.

Tile & Stone/Slate: 

Tile and slate flooring are durable and long-lasting options perfect for high-traffic areas and areas prone to moisture. They are easy to clean and maintain and come in various styles and colors. Individual tiles can be replaced if they are cracked or broken, so make sure you buy an extra box for potential future repairs.

Carpet: 

Carpet is a soft, comfortable flooring option that is perfect for bedrooms and living areas. It’s available in a wide range of colors and styles and is relatively inexpensive to install. It can be challenging to maintain, especially in high-traffic areas. It’s also not the best for allergies, as it can trap dust, dirt, and pet dander.

Linoleum & Marmoleum: 

Linoleum and Marmoleum are other durable and budget-friendly options.  They are also sustainable products made of natural materials, including linseed oil, cork dust, jute, limestone, and pine rosin.

They are easy to clean and maintain and comes in various colors and patterns. Marmoleum is typically more durable than vinyl flooring, but it can fade or turn yellow over time.

When choosing the right flooring for your space, it’s essential to consider your budget, the level of traffic in the area, and your style preferences. It’s also a good idea to research the pros and cons of different flooring options and speak with a professional to determine the best fit for your needs.

And I’ll say it again, don’t forget to buy a little more than you need, so if your tile breaks or your LVP gets scratched, you can repair it later on. 

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