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A fabulous floor is essential for making the most of any room. 

Whether you’re building your dream home or updating an existing property, you’ll find a variety of flooring materials available. So how do you know which flooring is best for you?

Are you looking for something traditional, contemporary or the best of both? Will your floors take a beating from kids and pets? How much time and money are you prepared to spend on maintenance? These are just a few of the considerations you’ll want to keep in mind when selecting the best option for your project. 

To help you decide, let’s go over the pros and cons of today’s most popular flooring materials.

Vinyl Plank Flooring

Vinyl flooring gives you the upscale beauty of other materials at a budget-friendly price. A cushioned layer underneath makes it super comfortable for your feet. With lots of styles and textures to choose from, vinyl stands up to moisture and stains, and is easy to install and maintain. 

Vinyl may be vulnerable to peeling or tearing, so pay attention to quality when shopping around. Because it’s made using petroleum, some people consider it to be less sustainable than other materials. 

Hardwood & Engineered Wood Flooring

Hardwood floors are a highly sought-after feature that can boost the resale value of your home and add a timeless elegance to any room. Natural wood comes in many varieties and can be stained to complement your decor.

Hardwood is durable and lasts for years with proper care. However, it is vulnerable to scratches, dents and water damage, and requires refinishing every 3 to 5 years. Finally, hardwood is one of the most expensive flooring options.

Engineered wood offers a durable, affordable alternative, made with a base layer of plywood covered by a thin veneer of natural wood. It’s easy to install and less susceptible to damage. However, engineered wood is more difficult to repair and may need to be replaced more often.

Ceramic & Porcelain Tile

While its moisture resistance makes it a staple in kitchens and bathrooms, tile is growing in popularity throughout the home. Choose from an almost endless array of colors and textures, including tiles crafted to resemble stone or hardwood.

Tile is a sturdy, durable material that’s easy to clean, although some models do require regular resealing. It can also be cold to the touch, which makes it less comfortable for bare feet, especially during the winter. One solution? Install a radiant heating system underneath the floor for year-round warmth. 

Natural Stone

There are many different types of stone that make excellent flooring materials, including marble, travertine, limestone and granite. It gives you a classic appearance and durability with proper care. 

Stone is a porous material and is vulnerable to stains and scratches, so dirt and spills must be cleaned up immediately. Periodic resealing will keep stone floors in good condition over the long term. 

Laminate

Laminate is a durable, affordable option that can be customized to mimic other materials, including hardwood, stone or tile. It’s easy to install and is ideal for homes with pets and young children. However, laminate may be vulnerable to moisture. It’s also difficult to repair and may have to be replaced if it is damaged.

 

At Mid-City Lumber, we offer a variety of quality flooring materials from reputable manufacturers. On top of that, our friendly building experts are here to answer your questions and help you select the best option for your project.

We invite you to come by or contact us today!