Are you thinking of renovating your home? Are you building a new one? Either way, flooring will be an important consideration.
But which flooring materials are trending? And which are best for your home? There are many options, and different rooms require different types of flooring.
Let’s explore your options so you’ll have not only a trendy floor but a reliable one.
Flooring trends don’t change as often as other decor trends. So once installed, your flooring should remain stylish for a long time. Let’s explore some of your choices.
1. Solid Wood Flooring
Wooden flooring never goes out of style. (By wooden flooring we generally mean solid hardwood.) It is cozy, versatile, and extremely durable when made from woods like Brazillian redwood. You can also restrain and refinish it if needed. Wooden flooring is available in many natural shades (primarily reds and browns), so you can pick the shade that best complements your interiors. However, it is an expensive, high-maintenance material that is susceptible to moisture, meaning it’s not a good choice for bathrooms, basements, or laundry rooms.
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2. Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo isn’t the same as wood flooring but has a similar beauty and warmth. The best quality bamboo flooring is hard and durable. Plus it’s a renewable resource so is a green choice.
The best bamboo is also expensive, with cheaper varieties showing a lot of dents and scratches, so it’s best used in rooms that receive light foot traffic.
3. Granite Flooring
Granite flooring never goes out of style. It is available in many colours and can bring a touch of sophistication to your home. It’s also highly resistant to stains, durable, and requires maintenance; just a little protection from scratches. However, granite flooring is cool, so is not an ideal option in climates that stay cold most of the year.
1. Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered wooden flooring provides good stability. The top layer is made of real wood so you get the natural warmth and beauty of wooden flooring. It’s also resistant to moisture, so you can install it in your bathroom and basement. However, you can’t get it refinished more than once, and the real wood surface will be prone to scratches and dents.
2. Laminate Flooring
If you want the look of wood but not the hassle or expense, laminate flooring is a good option. It’s sturdy, doesn’t warp, and can be installed over any existing floor. Laminate can also mimic almost any other type of flooring, but generally comes in lighter hues and the texture is not as pleasant; nor can it be refinished.
3. Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring is a versatile and affordable option that can simulate the finish of both stone and hardwood. It is resistant to water and stains and is quite durable, but you will need to take special care of it to protect it from scratches. Also, it can become discoloured if it comes into contact with rubber.
4. Tile Flooring
Tiles are a preferred style of flooring, with the most popular designs being wood and concrete. They are usually made of stones like limestone, marble, onyx, or travertine, but you can also find many interesting variations, like glass tiles, rectangular subway tiles, and decorative tiles. Then there are textured porcelain tiles that look like natural stone. Tiles are a better option for the kitchen, bathroom, and basement than vinyl, wood, or even laminate flooring.
There are many different types of flooring available. Which ones the best suit your home? Just remember that you can’t change your flooring like you change your decor, so choose wisely.