There are many more choices than just 5 different substances or materials you can use on your floor. But, basically, it breaks down into 5 types: Laminate, Stone, Tiles, Carpet, and Hardwood. The type of flooring you choose can heavily impact the value of your home for the better. Below, you'll find the top 5 types of flooring found in most homes as well as the pros and cons for each.
Being a very popular choice, carpet flooring can be an economical way to cover a room or entire house.
Commonly known as a “cheap version of wood” laminate is truly a workhorse. As a very durable material, this substance rarely fades, is resistant to stains and is pretty easy to install.
While laminate flooring has its ups, it doesn’t generally make your home worth more from a buyer’s perspective. If it should discolor, it’s not possible to rehabilitate or refinish the material. Another downside is it is very susceptible to damage from standing water.
If you have hardwood floors, you already know its value. It is one of those home improvements that will actually be a selling point if you are about to put your house on the market. This type of flooring, even if it’s old and worn has another positive – you can refinish it.
Using hardwood in a business environment has mixed blessings. While it gives off an inviting look, since it’s sensitive to warping from too much moisture, it may become a problem. Hardwood flooring is not too eye-friendly when it comes to dings and dents.
Hardwood flooring gives value, but it also takes it away at the very beginning of its life-cycle. In other words, it’s one of the more-expensive options to cover your floor.
Strong, thick stone used in covering a floor is a choice for the ages. And since it’s nearly indestructible, it’s there for the long run.
The history of stone floors gives them a classic appearance, but is increasingly thought of as having a contemporary side, too. Like hardwood, stone floors can add value to your existing home. Sealed, finished stone is also water and moisture resistant.
Stone flooring, though, doesn’t come cheap. And along with the cost, it retains the cold. It can also become slippery when wet. It’s also somewhat hard to install. Factor in maintenance. Not only will it require regular cleaning, it can chip, causing the owner to have to take drastic steps to bring the floor up to speed.
Do you have a high-traffic area in your house? Tiles can be a great solution. A benefit over stones are that tiles can be fairly easy to replace. But by-and-large, this type of flooring is extremely durable. Tiles were meant for wet places.
Tiles, nonetheless, are not indestructible. Chipping and cracking are common when heavy objects are dropped on them, or something that weighs a lot shatters an individual tile. These are very noisy floors that can become slippery when fluids are spilled on them.
The hands-down softest of all the options is carpet. Being a very popular choice, carpet flooring can be an economical way to cover a room or entire house. Not to say that it’s cheap, there are expensive materials that can be just as costly as hardwood or stone. The patterns, colors, textures and designs make carpet the perfect addition as it can get along with interior.
Occasionally, some carpets are not made for the long-haul. Wear and tear could be a disqualifier. However, with modular carpet tiles, this issue might be on-the-way to being solved. In a worn spot, using the modular method, it’s relatively easy to pop-out the bad piece, replacing it with a new tile.
Whatever your choice, you can always mix-and-match. Carpets with hardwood, or tiles with stone. The possibilities are many and just depend on what you will be using the room for or the image you are trying to create.