It’s not always easy to pick the right type of flooring for a home. Even if you have a rather large budget, choosing from among several premium flooring solutions can be a bit confusing.
To clarify the issue, we have listed several of the most popular flooring types you can choose from. The benefits of each type have been identified, though the drawbacks for each have been listed as well.
This type of flooring comes from a single piece of lumber from several popular trees, such as oak, walnut, hickory, and maple. They work best if you have a wood subfloor to which you can then staple or nail the hardwood flooring.
Hardwood looks elegant and attractive, and it offers a luxurious and yet natural feel. It can work really well in a room where you also have wooden cabinets and furniture. They can be quite resistant to wear, and you can always just sand and refinish them as time passes. They’re also very easy to clean.
On the other hand, it can expand and contract depending on temperature fluctuations. It also doesn’t do well in places with high humidity. Hardwood is rather expensive, and it takes a lot of effort to install.
Composite or Engineered Wood
This is man-made wood, made from wood layers that have been glued together under high pressure and heat. It’s made to go with a specific feel and look, and usually it’s already been pre-laminated.
This can give you the look and feel of hardwood without having to pay the cost. This can be installed on padding and concrete, and the installation itself is very easy and quick. It’s also much better at resisting the effects of moisture. It’s easy to clean as well.
Still, it’s not really as durable as real hardwood. Generally, you can only sand and refinish it once. The edges of the wood panels can fray and allow water to come in.
This doesn’t seem to qualify as “premium” flooring, because it’s so affordable. Yet it can look elegant and stylish. That’s because is a synthetic material on which the look of hardwood or natural stone is imprinted. It’s extremely easy to install that most people do it themselves. Sometimes these are designed in a way that you can just lock them in (like a Lego) so you don’t need adhesive. It’s resistant to stains and is easy to clean. It’s quite hygienic, actually.
However, it is not wood at all, so you can’t sand and refinish it. It may show some scuffmarks, and most types are very slippery when wet.
Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles
These come in glazed squares, and they’ve been used for flooring for hundreds of years. They’re not all that expensive, and yet they’re quite durable. Even if you do have some imperfections these aren’t all that noticeable. If they are, you can just replace the sections that were cracked or chipped. You can clean or even sterilize this flooring.
It’s rather rigid however, and dropping glasses and plates will break if you drop them on this flooring. So if you slip and fall on this surface, you’re liable to get a serious injury.
You can use marble, slate, and limestone for flooring, as these will never be out of fashion. They always look elegant and they can even look better as time passes. They’re probably the most durable flooring of them all.
However, they’re very expensive, and the installation will require experts. Some types are slippery when wet, such as marble.
Which one fits your needs? Each category has numerous different options. It just goes to show that regardless of your budget and preferences, there are premium flooring solutions available for you.