Many people are choosing to disregard the old laws and use the type of flooring they want for each of the rooms in their homes. Materials like tiles and wood that were once relegated to specific rooms in the home now see wider adoption in other rooms. Because each room in the home comes with different challenges, we are going to look at the type of flooring that best meets those challenges and can hold its own against them.
The kitchen sees a lot of traffic and its flooring faces some unique challenges. The flooring used will be subject to a lot of tear and wear from shoes, dragging chairs as well as items falling on it. Wood is the flooring material most people think of for their kitchens, but there are better materials for it.
The first one is tiles. Tiles outperform most other materials in terms of durability, and you want them in areas with high traffic and moving furniture. Tiles are also resistant to water and moisture, of which there is a lot in the kitchen.
The second option is a laminate floor. Laminate flooring is durable, scratch and water-resistant and easy to clean. Laminate floor options also come in some unique and realistic designs which would fit right in with your kitchen.
Living, Dining and Family Rooms
These rooms also see a lot of traffic and are subject to everything from paws to furniture feet and kids’ toys. Other materials that would be damaged or scratched easily would not be a good fit here. Hardwood is a material that can withstand all the stress the floors in these rooms undergo. There is a reason why real estate agents often mention it!
A hardwood floor comes with several benefits including making your home look more elegant, being easy to clean, and being strong and durable. A hardwood floor also adds value to your home and since it does not trap dust and other debris, it can improve the air quality in your home.
The second option is engineered wood, but because it cannot be refinished multiple times like a hardwood floor, its main advantage is its resistance to temperature fluctuations.
Bathroom and Laundry Room
The challenge with your bathroom and laundry room is the ease of cleaning and susceptibility to moisture. Apart from the kitchen, these are the two areas where water is a huge factor. Because of this, the best material is tiles. Tiles hold up well in humid spaces and come in so many colours and patterns that it is easy to find a good option for your bathroom and laundry room. The second option is vinyl, which shows great resistance to moisture, water spills and flooding.
The biggest challenge in a basement is water from below. Concrete floors get damp, and you have to consider the possibility of flooding. Vinyl performs exceedingly well in these situations. Tile flooring is also an option to consider, but it gets too cold for use in most basements.
Most flooring materials have become cheap enough and their quality has improved so much that you now have a lot of options to choose from for the different rooms in your home. Just ensure the material selected can overcome the challenges of that specific room.