Home Renovation Tip on Flooring Materials
Picking new flooring can be fun and I can show you how to choose types of flooring and rate their durability! In this home renovation tip I’ll help guide you in the different types of flooring then we will explore the best uses for each. By the end of this flooring tips article you will have narrowed down your search at least to what kind of material you want and all you have to do from there is decide on your budget, colour and voila!
Let’s Explore 8 Types Of Flooring
Concrete is one of the coolest flooring options today. Home renovation tip – new advancements mean we can now create different looks that are not so industrial! You can add colours, stamp it, polish it, you name it! Concrete is also extremely durable and basically has no maintenance. Cost is mid-range and high traffic areas.
Hardwood comes in a variety of styles: plank, parquet and now even pre-finished boards with a tongue and groove that you can install yourself. But beware of: water, heat, scratches & dings will all happen easily and you must be cautious of the cleaners you are using as they can damage the finish and wood. Hardwood can usually be refinished 1 or 2 times during it’s lifespan. Cost is high-range and a good option for mid to low traffic areas.
Laminate and Engineered flooring are both easier to install than solid-wood hardwood floors and a lot cheaper. They are less susceptible to scratches, dings and chemical cleaners. However water can still cause swelling and be quite an issue. Cost is low range and is good for mid to high traffic areas.
Bamboo is an extremely eco-friendly option. Bamboo only takes 3-5 years to regenerate and has incredible strength which makes for a highly durable floor that resists swelling and humidity changes. Home renovation tip – bamboo floors cannot be refinished. Cost is mid-range and is good for mid to high traffic areas.
Linoleum is also eco-friendly because it’s made primarily of linseed oil, rosins and wood flour. Flooring tip – Linoleum stops microorganisms from multiplying and is resistant to water, dings and scratches. You can use multiple chemical cleaners with no problem. Available in multiple colours and patterns. Cost is low-range and is good for high traffic areas.
Vinyl is a popular choice for rooms such as basements; bathrooms and kitchens. Vinyl is easy to clean and available in sheets or peel & stick tiles in multiple colours and patterns. Cost is low- range and is good for high traffic areas.
Tiles: porcelain, ceramic, terra cotta, marble, granite, travertine, slate. Home renovation tip – when selecting tile on a budget, porcelain and ceramic are the most cost-effective. Any natural stone will coast considerably more and need more continual care. Tiles fare pretty well with scratches and water but may break or chip if you drop something on them. Repairs can be costly as multiple tiles can be affected. Cost is mid-range and is good for high traffic areas.
Carpet, a lot of people love their carpet; it’s fluffy, warm and cozy. But a lot of people with allergies, pets and parents will tell you stay away! Cost is mid-high range and is good for mid-high traffic areas.
Our Flooring Tips
Now that you’ve ready our flooring tips, go back to the selections you picked out originally. Do you still want the same material you picked out at first? Don’t forget, you can mix your materials any which way you like.
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