Durable Flooring Options For Your Home
Many homeowners desire quality, durable flooring that will last. Whether you have a large family with playful kids or love to host and entertain gatherings, floors take on a lot of foot traffic, spilled drinks and more. So how can a homeowner ensure that their flooring will last for years to come? And what flooring is durable enough? We’ve got you covered with this article.
In general, vinyl flooring is a highly durable multi-layer flooring option and is excellent for high traffic areas, like hallways and especially kitchens, where soft underfooting can alleviate a tired chef's feet. Plus, vinyl flooring is extremely easy to maintain, with both water-resistant and spill-resistant qualities. To suit any style or tastes, vinyl plank and tile comes in a variety of colors and patterns to resemble anything from wood to natural stone and concrete. When choosing vinyl flooring, one thing to keep in mind is that vinyl sheet flooring typically comes in 12-foot rolls. This works great for rooms that are 12 feet wide or less. However, if your space is wider, you may create an exposed seam, which can invite moisture and damage the subfloor–just something to consider.
Hardwood flooring is another durable flooring option with a gorgeous natural appearance. However, even the most durable hardwoods with a high rating on the Janka scale can scratch. To some homeowners, scratches add character, but others prefer a sleek wood look. The redeeming feature of hardwoods is that they can be sanded, refinished and restored back to the original condition. The hardwood species you choose plays a major role in durability, as well as the coating.
Laminate flooring is designed to last and has extremely low maintenance. One of the most durable flooring options, laminate is scratch-resistant, spill-resistant and offers acoustical properties to soften each step. Laminate also comes in an extensive variety of colors and patterns to suit every taste and decor style. Laminate’s durability is due to a makeup of several strong layers of materials, from the top wear layer to the base bottom layer. A transparent top layer can withstand scratches from heavy furniture and rowdy dogs (and their claws) running around the house. For the most durable laminate floors, seek a higher AC (Abrasion Class) rating, which ranks a laminate’s resistance to abrasion, impact, stains and more. A laminate AC rating ranges from a moderate AC1 to a heavy-duty AC5. (You should find this on each laminate’s specifications.) Laminate is also water-resistant, offering a somewhat protective barrier; however, it’s not entirely waterproof. You might want to think twice about laying laminate down in moisture-prone bathrooms and kitchens where accidental puddles may occur.
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