So you’re thinking about installing new flooring. You certainly want something that is hard-wearing and durable, since you have a family, or pets, or just a busy household. You don’t want a floor covering that is going to be difficult to care for, or requiring replacement every few years. Since new flooring is a considerable investment you want a durable floor covering that lasts. But what are your options? Which flooring is going to suit you the best? Take a look at these ideas.
- Natural Stone Flooring
If you want something that is going to last in your bathroom or kitchen, natural stone is an excellent option. Obviously, stone is going to be hardwearing and it will last a long time. However, consider that some stones are more durable than others and that even stone is not indestructible – a heavy blow can cause cracks, which can be very difficult repair without replacing the floor. Plus, stone is not a natural choice for an environment like the bedroom or the living room.
- Luxury Vinyl Flooring
If you are looking for a durable, water resistant flooring luxury vinyl is a good choice. This flooring is manufactured to give an extremely long-lasting, versatile finish to the floors. Luxury vinyl flooring can be found in a wide variety of styles and colours. It can be expertly made to look like wood, with the grain patterns replicated in such a way that it is difficult to tell the difference. If you have a small room that is under heavy use, like a playroom or a hallway, you can opt for sheets of vinyl flooring that cover the entire room. This is ideal since you reduce the number of seams, which is where floors are naturally at their weakest. If you have a larger room and you want the look of wood, planks are a good option.
- Ceramic and Porcelain Floor Tiles
Tiles made from ceramic are definitely hard, but they may not be the most durable of all flooring types since they can crack if you unexpectedly drop a heavy object or place a heavy weight on the tiles. This option looks great in a bathroom but can be expensive. These tiles are waterproof and easy to clean, but they are cold underfoot.
- Laminate Flooring
General-purpose laminate flooring is perhaps not the most durable of all the floor coverings, despite its appearance. It is very scratch resistant, it is easily installed, but it can retain moisture and this can result in warping and disfiguration. Laminates are, however, becoming more durable as manufacturers add an active waterproof layer to the floor that minimises the risk of water seeping into the flooring. It can be a good option but check the manufacturer’s guidance regarding waterproofing and water resistance.
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