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Flooring Type Comparisons
Posted on August 9, 2016 by FL2Dblog
Greetings and welcome to the Floor to Door Blog! Here we hope to provide tips, news, and other useful information related to home improvement. We’d like to kick off our blog by going over the various types of flooring available to home owners, and the pros and cons of each. There are many different materials to choose from, and picking the right one can make all of the difference.

Tile Flooring
The decision to use tile flooring is often made because of how easy it is to clean. As such it is a common choice for bathrooms, kitchens, and entryways. Any place in the house that is expected to see high traffic or messes will likely be host to tile flooring.

Pros
  • Easy to clean up and wipe away spills and messes.
  • Tends to be low maintenance.
  • Waterproof when properly installed.
Cons:
  • Cold and hard, not very comfortable to walk on or stand on for very long.
  • No sound insulation, allowing noise to carry further.
  • May require professional installation and repair. Method of installation makes it a difficult Do-it-Yourself project. Furthermore, damaged or chipped tiles are somewhat difficult to replace.

Wood Flooring
Hardwood flooring tends to be a popular choice for homeowners looking to create a more natural look and feel to their home. There are many styles to choose from, and many different types of wood as well.

Pros:
  • Aesthetics are the big plus with hardwood floors. Neutral coloring makes it easier for wood to match with existing décor.
  • Good heat retention helps keep floors warm.
  • Easy to clean and maintain.
Cons:
  • Susceptible to water damage, making it a poor choice for water-heavy areas like bathrooms.
  • Loud to walk on, sound tends to travel real easily along hardwood flooring.
  • Cost: hardwood flooring tends to be a more expensive option.
Laminate Flooring
One of the newer materials, laminate flooring gives you a lot of options and can even simulate other materials.

Pros:
  • Durable and long-lasting, with some laminate floors able to last a generation when properly maintained.
  • Able to simulate the appearance of other materials like tile, ceramic, or (most notably) hardwood.
  • Water and damage resistant.
Cons:
  • Poor insulator compared to other flooring options.
  • Unlike true hardwood, it does not add much value to the home. Furthermore, while it may resemble hardwood by appearance, the illusion is lost when you touch it.
  • Cannot be refinished – damaged planks have to be replaced.
Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring is an inexpensive option that comes in a wide variety of styles to fit the look that home owners are looking for.

Pros:
  • Softer than most other options, making it easier to stand on for long periods of time.
  • Durable, warranties often reaching the 15-year or more mark.
  • Low maintenance and easy to clean.
Cons:
  • Subfloor must be immaculate before cleaning, as particulate dust can translate into lumps in the floor.
  • Surface is easily gouged, problematic if you drop a sharp object or need to move furniture around.
  • Does nothing to help a home’s resale value, and is difficult to replace.
Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring is an inexpensive option that comes in a wide variety of styles to fit the look that home owners are looking for.

Pros:
  • Softer than most other options, making it easier to stand on for long periods of time.
  • Durable, warranties often reaching the 15-year or more mark.
  • Low maintenance and easy to clean.
Carpet Flooring:
  • The use of carpet flooring is a classic option that tends to make a home feel cozy, and is definitely the comfort option.
Pros:
  • Insulation helps to reduce energy costs by minimizing heat transfer through the floor.
  • Insulation also provides a measure of noise reduction, making it so the sound of TVs, footsteps, and more do not transfer so well.
  • Generally easy to care for – only needs regular vacuuming under normal conditions.
Cons:
  • Most susceptible to mold and mildew due to water damage. Avoid carpeting in bathrooms or any place where water is a regular presence. Carpet that suffers extensive water damage needs to be thrown out.
  • Traps dirt, dust, pollen, and other allergens. If you have allergies then carpeting may aggravate the condition.
  • While treated with stain guards, these aren’t full-proof. If you have pets we generally advise against carpet installation.
What choice of flooring is best for your home comes down to personal preferences and taste. Our team of experts can consult on what will work best for you based on your circumstances, desires, and budget.

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