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Pros and Cons of Different Floor Types

There is an abundance of floor types that are available to become a part of your home. However, they are not all created equally.

  • Hardwoods: Yes, the coveted hardwood floors. These are an ever-popular, timeless classic. There are so many varieties of hardwood floor types; between solid and engineered, each available in various types of wood, there’s a choice for everyone. Hardwoods also can be refinished, allowing them to last for centuries. Because of all of these great things, their resale value is great. However, as with anything, there are a few negatives. They aren’t always great for homeowners with a tighter budget. Hardwoods can scratch more easily, can be harder to clean, and can be damaged when exposed to moisture too often.
  • Tile: Tile has popped in and out of home decor trends throughout the years, but lately the popular tile has been in varieties that look like stone, concrete, and wood. There are a multitude of variations of styles, colors, sizes, and textures of tile now, along with prices. It does not get scratched easily, and it can be easily cleaned. It also can last for years to come. The only cons of having tile are that it can be chipped or cracked if something is dropped on it, and it can be slippery to walk on if it gets wet.
  • Travertine: Traverine is a very durable, timeless flooring material. It is available in many different forms, colors, and textures. Because of this, the pricing varies greatly. Travertine is harder to chip or scratch than hardwood or tile. It also is less slippery than tile because it has more texture. The cons of travertine are that it can easily stain, it requires a more specific kind of floor cleaning, and also requires sealing.
  • Vinyl: Vinyl is one of the more relatively versatile floor types. It can look like stone or wood, and it can have one of several methods of installation. It is almost always cheaper than any other kind of floor. Vinyl does not chip, scuff, or scratch, and it can hold up to moisture, unlike other flooring types. It’s also easy and comfortable to walk on. The only possible downside to having vinyl is that furniture can leave marks, and so can foot traffic patterns.
  • Laminate: You can get a lot for your money with laminate floors; they look like hardwoods, yet are cheaper and scratch less easily. They are also easy to DIY, since they are made to easily fit and stay together. The downsides are that they can become damaged if exposed to water, unlike tile or vinyl. You need to give them a moisture barrier, and also use a specific cleaner. Last, they generally last less time than other kinds of floors.

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  • It’s always a good idea to know the pros and cons of something before you make a choice. I’m in the process of redoing the floors in my home. Now they were hardwood before and I’m wanting to make them something different. I’m probably going to go with vinyl since it pretty much has no cons, plus it is one of the easier ones to clean.