When it comes to flooring, making the right decision can be daunting. It’s costly to install new flooring, so you want to ensure you’re making the right choice beforehand.
There are three popular types of flooring, each with its own pros and cons. Since different rooms have different needs, it’s good to consider all the factors before making a decision.
1. Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood flooring is made up of small pieces of real wood. These pieces are typically installed in small planks with alternating directions (creating a criss-cross pattern) or in larger planks all pointing the same direction.
Pros of Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood flooring looks beautiful. The rich colour of the wood brings a cosy feeling to any room it’s in.
The material of the flooring is also more natural, so it’s better for the environment.
Cons of Hardwood Flooring
This is one of the more expensive flooring options. The material is expensive, and the labour cost will be high since it requires a lot of time and precision to install.
This flooring also requires a lot of care to keep the material looking good. The finishing needs to be sanded down and redone every few years, which can be a costly process.
Water damage is also worse for this type of flooring because of its natural material. If the wooden planks get waterlogged, the flooring can rot and warp.
Tiles are great for kitchens and bathrooms, but can work anywhere in your house.
Pros of Tiles
They are easy to install, so depending on the cost of the tiles you want in your home, this is a relatively cheap flooring option. In addition, there is lots of variety in tiles, so decoration is easy.
Tiles are also easy to clean and don’t require much maintenance.
Cons of Tiles
While tiles are great for cooling a space in summer, it means they make rooms even colder in winter.
And while tiles are very low maintenance, when they do get cracked or damaged, they are difficult to replace seamlessly without having to redo entire sections.
3. Laminate Flooring
There are many types of flooring that fall under this category. Laminate flooring typically refers to any flooring that has a plastic or vinyl finish.
Pros of Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring can give you the look of hardwood flooring without the associated cost. This type of flooring is typically easy to install, and the material used to make the flooring is also relatively cheap. So, the overall cost of installing this flooring is more budget-friendly than many others.
Cons of Laminate Flooring
The material isn’t always sustainable, so if you’re wanting to be conscious of the environment, this flooring might not be right for you.
Depending on the strength of the finish, this type of flooring can also be susceptible to damage like scratches or scuffs.
Choosing the Right Type of Flooring For Your Home
It’s a big decision, so it’s important to have all the information you need when considering the different types of flooring.
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