For most people, part of selecting the perfect floor for your home is making sure it lasts. Durable flooring is important! Maybe you have a large family, or pets, so scratch resistant is most important. Perhaps you want a floor that will increase the resale value of your home, or one that you will not have to worry about replacing often. There is a lot to consider, and we are here to help! Here is more information on the most durable floors to fit your lifestyle and needs:
Solid Hardwood Flooring
One of the best things about hardwood is that it can almost always be restored to mint condition. Hardwood can be sanded repeatedly in part because they are dense, which gives them durability and strength. Additionally, hardwood is relatively easy to clean. Typically, sweeping or a microfiber pad will keep the floor looking lovely for years to come. Avoid using water, soap-based cleaners, or steam on your hardwood floors though, as this can actually dull the floors finish over time making them less durable.
Engineered wood flooring lasts as long as its thin veneer top lasts. The thin veneer on engineered wood will scratch just as much as solid hardwood, but it cannot be sanded as frequently. Best advice here: use plenty of throw rugs, area rugs, and runners and reconsider using this flooring if you have or plan to have pets. Using a vacuum with a flooring attachment and wiping up spills as soon as they occur will keep these floors looking brand new for years to come.
Ceramic and Porcelain Tile
Ceramic and porcelain is certainly durable and will not be damaged by things like spills or scratches. With good installation and after being properly grouted, these tiles are resistant to moisture and will not crack. The only downside to the durability of ceramic and porcelain may be that it is too hard! A dropped glass will likely break if dropped on these tiles. Just be careful with sand and grit, as they can dull the glazed surfaces of the tile.
Laminate is getting more durable as manufacturers improve laminate’s wear layer and base. In fact, that top layer can be amazingly resistant to scratches things like dog claws and chairs being pushed in and out. However, the moment the dishwasher leaks, a large portion of your kitchen floor is ruined, so you will want to wipe up any spills immediately. Be sure to place mats under your dog or cats water bowl, and consider placing one under a baby’s high chair. Moister is the Achilles Heel of laminate flooring, which makes this less durable than other materials.
If properly maintained and installed, vinyl flooring can last ten to twenty years. However, the quality of the material you purchase will determine that. One advantage of using vinyl tiles is that individual pieces can be easily replaced when they are damaged. This flooring can withstand any number of spills you can throw at it, however long-term presence of moisture will corrode the adhesive under the floor, so be careful!
Interested in learning more? Contact a flooring professional near you today!