Since your home’s floor is the largest open surface in the home, it is important to choose the right flooring material. Doing so ensures the floor not only looks nice but that it also matches with the rest of the house. The flooring you select will depend on your home, the specific room you want the flooring in, your needs, as well as your budget. For modern homes, here are the top four flooring options to consider.
Engineered wood is a great option for those who are looking for the look and feel of real wood but who find the real thing too expensive. It is made out of heat-formed wood (hard-bonded hardwood) and a high-quality substrate of plywood. A real wood veneer is added to form the sandwich which completes the look and feel of real wood.
Engineered wood flooring is dimensionally stable, meaning that it does not expand or contract under temperature changes. This makes it a great option when underfloor heating is required. Compared to real wood flooring, engineered wood flooring cannot be refinished more than once because of the thin veneer used on top.
Vinyl flooring is made of plasticisers mixed with polyvinyl chloride and different coloured pigments for different looks and feels. Vinyl is such a great material because it is non-porous, meaning water can sit on it for a long time without damaging it. It is also very resilient to damage and very comfortable to walk on. Both of these qualities make it perfect for all rooms in your home, notably the bathroom, kitchen, basements, and laundry rooms. Depending on where you want it installed, the vinyl flooring can come in various shades, looks, and patterns.
Laminate flooring is a great option for homeowners who are looking for a carpet alternative but who deem tiles and hardwood to be too expensive. This type of flooring is made using layers of a high-density fibreboard base, a water-resistant coating, and an image of wood, tiling, or other material on top of it. The main advantage of laminate flooring is that it can be finished however you like to give it different looks. This makes it perfect for various areas of the house including the kitchen, living room and bedroom. Laminate flooring options like Quick-Step’s laminate floor are scratch and stain resistant, two properties that factor into their long-lasting looks.
Because of their inherent properties, tiles are a great option for areas where moisture would be a problem such as a bathroom or kitchen. Tiles can be made out of porcelain or ceramic. They come in innumerable pattern and colour options so you can create amazing looks with them. Tiles are also durable, with their main advantage being that they are prone to breaking and chipping if not installed properly.
Tiling can also be expensive and challenging to install, although that is often offset by how long it lasts.
If you are looking for flooring options for the various rooms in your house, you have several options to choose from. The flooring you end up with should fit your budget and the space it is installed in. It should also be durable enough so that you enjoy your investment before you have to replace it.