12 Jan Pros and Cons of Different Flooring
There are many various flooring types for homeowners to take advantage of, but how do you know what is best for you? Most of the time it is dependent on the space, your preferences and of course budget. Below we have broken it down to let you know the pros and cons of different flooring types.
Hardwood: The ever popular hardwood flooring is definitely one of the most durable, but also one of the more expensive. Hardwood floors can be sanded and refinished many times throughout their life making them very durable. This type of flooring can also be one of the easiest to keep clean and maintain. Another thing to consider when it comes to purchasing hardwood flooring is it can be pretty labor intensive when it comes to installation and does not retain heat nor dampen sound.
Laminate Wood: This can be very easy to install with many of them having a tongue and groove system that locks into place. This type of flooring is stain resistant, easy to replace and clean. Unlike wood, laminate doesn’t allow for any sanding or refinishing.
Engineered Wood: This is ideal for below grade installation such as basements, since it is more resistant to the effects of moisture. This has a quick installation and can be installed over any type of sub flooring such as padding or concrete. Some things to consider before installing engineered wood is the fact that it doesn’t last as long as real hardwood flooring, and the edges of the panels can lack a finish which can fray and allow water in.
Ceramic or Porcelain Tile: Tiles can come in a variety of colors and designs. It is also stain resistant and easy to clean. The grout can be difficult to clean and can attract stains. It is not suitable for a comfortable living area.
Stone: This is the most durable of all flooring types as well as has a timeless appeal. This can be a pretty pricey option and very labor intensive to install. Stone can often absorb stains and dirt.
Vinyl: This is an extremely inexpensive option, that is easy to install. Vinyl is often very durable, easy to clean and water resistant.
Carpet: Carpet creates a comfortable atmosphere that retains warmth. It can also act as a noise dampener. Carpet can stain relatively easy and if in a high trafficked area can get dirty and need to be replaced more often then other types of flooring.
There are many types of flooring to consider. Budget as well as the space itself are things to take into account before moving forward and purchasing flooring. The graphic on Lifehacker can be very helpful when it comes to learning about the different flooring options.