The flooring in your home is part of your decor, but also serves a functional role. Before choosing the best flooring for your home, it’s important to learn about the various alternatives. There are many options available, so researching what’s best for your lifestyle will result in a beautiful, long-lasting new floor.
Hardwood flooring is one of the most popular choices among homeowners. Not only are hardwood floors beautiful, they are durable and wear resistant. Wood flooring comes in maple, pecan, cherry, oak, walnut, and hickory, among others. Wood floors can be refinished and restored relatively easily. Hardwood flooring is great for kitchens, bedrooms, and most areas of the house, except where moisture levels may be higher, such as in bathrooms.
If you need flooring that stands up to water or moisture, consider ceramic tile. Ceramic tiles are available in a variety of finishes, including matte, embossed, glazed, and textured. Porcelain tiles are best for hiding wear and tear. Be aware that grout lines must be cleaned periodically, and lower quality tiles may chip easily.
Laminate flooring is relatively inexpensive, and is easy to maintain. Surfaces are very durable, and can resist scratches, burns, and chips, making them great for high traffic areas. Laminates closely resemble natural materials like hardwoods and ceramic, and are available in many colors and designs. Laminate flooring can’t be refinished like hardwood flooring.
Marble tiles are extremely durable and easy to maintain. Marble is very elegant and comes in a variety of color choices. It’s popular in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms, and can even be used in showers and on walls.
Cork flooring offers a comfortable walking surface, along with natural mold resistance, fire resistance, and insulation against heat loss. While pricey, cork is beautiful and durable when properly maintained. For more information about flooring alternatives, or to have a beautiful new floor installed, please contact:
Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale
245 W. Roosevelt Road #69
West Chicago, IL