10 Most Popular Flooring Types
Your floors are usually the first surfaces to reflect wear–they take the brunt of your everyday activities. As such it’s important to invest in the best floors which will keep pace with your daily life and add value while, at the same time, adding a touch of class to your home.
Choosing the best flooring is a big decision and what you choose will have a major impact on the look, feel and use of each room in your house. There are many materials to choose from and each type has a range of options.
Let’s start with the popular type of flooring:
1. Harwood Flooring creates a warm décor and is a classic. It is a great insulator that retains heat, it’s easy to clean and maintain and neutral in color. Hardwood Flooring is vulnerable to moisture and humidity and should not be used in your bathroom or laundry. For most people the biggest drawback to a hardwood floor is price.
2. Engineered wood is real wood flooring that’s built in layers and bonded together, whereas, hardwoods are solid . Unlike hardwood, it is resistant to changes in temperatures and humidity and can be used in any room. With the increased use of concrete as a subfloor, engineered wood flooring has gained some popularity.
3. Cork Flooring has gained popularity as a flooring material because of its durability, beauty, “green” qualities and other unique characteristics. Cork is actually made from the bark of the Cork Oak tree. Cork flooring comes in planks, tiles, or sheets in a variety of fashionable colors. When properly maintained, cork flooring can last 40 years or more.
4. Bamboo Flooring is one of the latest additions of flooring types, and could be a greener solution when compared to traditional flooring materials. Bamboo has become more popular in recent years due to its many similarities to hardwood flooring; it is chic and exotic looking, yet, relatively inexpensive. Bamboo could darken over time or when exposed to sunlight and should never be left wet. Bamboo flooring is a solid choice for many ecologically conscious people.
5. Porcelain tile flooring is a popular choice when selecting tile on a budget. Porcelain is the most cost-effective. It combines the beauty and hardness of stone, but costs considerably less and is much easier to maintain than marble. Glazed porcelain tile is durable enough to handle heavy traffic areas and is available in a wide range of hues, textures and finishes.
6. Ceramic Tile is best known for its durability. It is a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms because it’s easy to clean and doesn’t harbor germs. Ceramic tile comes in a variety of colors. One of its biggest drawbacks is that grout lines could be very hard and difficult to clean and low-quality tiles may chip.
7. Marble Flooring makes an elegant foyer and comes in a wide range of colors and variations. Marble has very high maintenance requirements because it is porous, which means it can be stained, scratched and worn easily. It must be sealed and cleaned regularly with a product specially designed for marble.
8. Laminate Flooring, also called a “floating floor,” does one thing laminate flooring does really well: it imitates wood flooring and is one of the cheapest flooring types available. It is easy to maintain and it is an excellent solution for high traffic areas. It may look real, but it’s still a synthetic that feels unnaturally hard and can be harsh-sounding when walked on. It also contains plastic that doesn’t degrade in landfills.
9. Vinyl Flooring is also another material that people turn their noses up, and it typically will not add very little value to your home. However, it is the most value-conscious flooring options today. It’s a good choice for rooms that are prone to moisture problems, such as basements, bathrooms and kitchens. Vinyl is easy to clean and softer to walk on. One rule to remember when selecting vinyl is the thicker it is, the more traffic it can bear.
10. Concrete Flooring holds up like no other flooring. With the wide range of sealers and specialty stains, plain and gray concrete can be stamped and stained to resemble polished marble, tumbled stone, brick pavers or really anything you wish. There’s no limit to the design possibilities. It’s also the perfect flooring for radiant heat. A draw back for concrete floors is the weight-concrete is heavy. An engineer can tell you if your floor can handle the weight. Lightweight concrete may be a solution.
The right flooring can add value to your home. From the outset, it’s important to choose the right flooring, as the wrong floors can actually detract from a house. The right flooring can easily save you money.