When picking out your floor for your home it is important to consider three things: your style, your lifestyle, and your budget. Think about how durable your floor needs to be. The perfect floor for an elderly couple might not be the best option for a family with little kids. At the same time, it’s also important to think about what your using a particular room for. A mudroom might not require the same flooring type as a bathroom or living room. Consider these three things when picking out your floors, but before you make any decisions, check out Painterati’s Top 6 Favorite Flooring Types.
~ Ceramic ~
Ceramic flooring, also known as Porcelain tile, is known for its durability. Not only is ceramic a durable tile, but its also easy to clean, making it the perfect choice for kitchens and bathrooms. This versatile tile can be easily used on floors, walls, countertops and backsplashes and requires very little maintenance. The only downside to this type low cost flooring is that the size and color can change from lot to lot, making it hard to duplicate projects.
~ Laminate ~
~ Bamboo ~
Bamboo Flooring has become a popular flooring type due to is long lasting durability. Even though this flooring is harder than many other types of wood, it can still be scratched and dented by sharp and heavy objects. With that being said bamboo is still durable enough for areas that are susceptible to water and traffic. This eco-friendly wood comes in tiles or planks of many sizes, colors, patterns, and textures.
~ Cork ~
Cork flooring is naturally tough which allows it to resist to water, heat and mold on its own. In addition to its toughness, cork also acts as an insulator saving your money on your heating and cooling bills. If you are more concerned with keeping your home insulated, choose to have thicker cork floors. For floors that are even more durable, pick a denser cork for your floor.
Cork is equally beautiful as it is tough. It can be left its natural color, or choose to have it stained, or painted to give your home a unique look. Make your floors even more unique by trying a wax, polyurethane or vinyl coating.
~ Vinyl ~
Vinyl Flooring is another durable surface that shouldn’t stain, scratch or fade. This type of flooring comes in three basic forms: sheets, tiles, and planks. Vinyl sheets come in a variety of colors, designs, and patterns to give any room in your home a seamless look. This tile allows you to be creative with the pattern and placement of your tiles. Lastly, vinyl planks can be made to look like identical to hardwood with realistic colors and textures.
~ Epoxy ~
Epoxy Flooring is an extremely durable flooring option that increases tractions, has a longer lifespan, resistant to corrosion and has limited maintenance. What is epoxy you might ask? Epoxy is made up of two main components – resins and hardeners. Both the resin and hardener are mixed together where they chemically react to form a rigid plastic material that is strong, resistant to degradation, and that bond extremely well. Epoxy flooring offers homeowners an easy-to-clean, cost-effective flooring option that offers all of the benefits of a seamless concrete floor with none of the drawbacks.