Flooring plays an integral part in defining the style, comfort and functionality of any home, but choosing an appropriate material is no simple task.
Your flooring must withstand everything from dirty shoes in the kitchen to water pooling in your entryway, yet still reflect both your personal taste and budget.
Hardwood floors add a natural, warm aesthetic to any space, as well as being durable and long-lasting. When selecting the ideal hardwood for your home, take into account your lifestyle and budget; if you have children or pets then a harder wood may be more appropriate, as it will stand up better against daily life’s bumps and bruises.
Different species offer differing degrees of hardness. Oak or hickory are ideal hardwoods for busy households; walnut is another popular soft option that works well with traditional and midcentury homes. Color also plays an integral role when selecting hardwood flooring; from rich dark hues to light natural tones there’s sure to be something perfect to complement any style! Plus your local climate could play a factor – wood is subject to swelling and shrinking effects due to changes in humidity levels so consult a knowledgeable hardwood installer who can advise you how best to mitigate such effects!
Tile floors are an increasingly popular choice in bathrooms and kitchens, but can also be utilized throughout the home. Offering an assortment of colors and designs that fit any style or budget, tile flooring offers homeowners a versatile solution that’s easy to keep clean with high traffic levels withstand.
Non-porous surfaces like ceramic flooring are resistant to bacteria and mold growth, helping keep homes hygienic and healthy – particularly beneficial in households where there are allergy sufferers or pets living within.
Tile comes in many varieties of materials such as porcelain, ceramic and natural stone; you may also be able to find tiles that imitate wood surfaces or glazed brick textures. Tile is very heavy; therefore professional installation should be sought as large tiles may crack without proper support from stiff, strong floor framing; additionally they may become vulnerable due to excess moisture; therefore it’s vital that waterproof membranes be installed under them to prevent moisture damage and potential cracking issues.
Vinyl flooring is an economical and resilient flooring choice that stands up well against moisture and heavy foot traffic, and is much simpler to install and repair than hardwood or tile surfaces.
Selecting the ideal vinyl floor for your home depends entirely on your individual needs. For instance, if you prefer flooring that mimics natural wood grain patterns, Mannington offers several vinyl plank floors designed to do just that – such as their new generation rigid expanded polymer core (WPC) products with small air pockets providing excellent sound-deadening qualities while still looking like traditional thick LVT cap layers.
Standard vinyl comprises four layers: the base layer, design layer, composite core and cushioned underlayment made of cork or foam for comfort underfoot and noise reduction; it also serves as an effective noise barrier and thermal insulator. Finally, an urethane wear layer offers basic protection from abrasions and scratches.
Carpet provides warmth, noise insulation and a cushiony underfoot feel for maximum comfort. Plus, with so many styles, colors and patterns to choose from, it makes an eye-catching statement in living spaces!
Carpet comes in various fibers and construction types that can affect its durability and cost. Wool carpets are durable and hypoallergenic; polypropylene-polyester blends are an economical choice suitable for general use.
Plywood or rubber padding is commonly applied over carpet, providing additional cushion and concealing subfloor imperfections while increasing longevity of the carpet itself. Heavy foot traffic areas often need thick, dense padding layers in order to prevent fiber separation between backing and fibers and fibers separating out from backing.