Choosing the right type of flooring for your home remodeling project will depend on how durable you need it to be, as well as how well it blends in with the rest of the décor. Kitchen and bathroom floors need to be extremely durable to handle various levels of humidity and increased risk of spills and damage. It is important to know how durable each type of flooring material is before you install it.
Hardwood and Engineered Wood Flooring
Hardwood and engineered wood flooring is ideal for your living rooms, family rooms, and bedrooms because they fit in almost any type of décor. In rooms where the risk of spills and high levels of humidity are minimal, hardwoods can be used without fear or sustaining damage. When properly sealed, they can withstand spills and stains.
Ceramic and Porcelain Tile
Ceramic and porcelain tiles do well in your bathrooms and kitchen because they are easy to clean, and will not stain or become discolored when mopped. Ceramic and porcelain are not susceptible to swelling like wood flooring material and can be easily exposed to high levels of humidity.
Stone and Concrete
Stone and concrete are two of the most versatile and durable flooring materials available. They are resistant to chipping, staining, swelling, and warping and will not break unless exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations in a very short period of time. Both can be painted or stained to match any interior color scheme or can be sealed, and their original color is preserved.
Vinyl Sheeting and Tile
Vinyl sheeting and tile are durable options for your kitchen and bathrooms when properly installed and sealed. Vinyl tile and sheeting need more care than any other type of flooring, simply because they are easier to tear or damage.