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Considerations When Choosing Flooring

When choosing a type of flooring, there are many things to consider. The four most common types of flooring choices are carpet, wood, tile and vinyl. Other choices include, cork, concrete, marble, granite and synthetic material. In most cases, you have some choices as to which flooring you could use. When deciding between various options, we have considerations for you to ponder.

Not all flooring choices are suitable for all locations. For example, carpeting is not a good choice for wet locations or locations subject to spills. Wood floors are not suitable for installation on floors below grade, although some engineered wood products can be used. The point is, you need to consider the room where the flooring will installed when selecting a type of flooring material. The function of the room is the primary consideration followed by the characteristics of the flooring material.

Some things to consider:

  • Resistance to foot traffic
  • Ease of maintenance

  • Life-span and durability

  • Comfort

  • Sound absorption
  • Installation

  • Slip resistance

Flooring Type Pros Cons
Carpet
  • Comfortable
  • Quiet

  • Insulates from cold floors

  • Large selection of colors and styles

  • Can be installed nearly anywhere

  • Harbors dust
  • Can cause problems for allergies

  • Shorter lifespan than some other choices

  • Not well suited for wet areas

  • Prone to stains

Vinyl
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to maintain

  • Prone to dents & tears

Tile
  • Wide variety of styles
  • Easy to maintain

  • Long lifespan

  • Can be slippery

  • More expensive than some other choices

  • Grout can require maintenance

Wood
  • Large range of choices

  • Different products suitable for most rooms of your home

  • Some products suitable for do-it-yourself installation

  • Can be very expensive

  • Prone to scratches and dents

Bamboo
  • Derived from a renewable resource

  • Suitable for most rooms in a home

  • Some products suitable for do-it-yourself installation

  • Less expensive than some wood floor products

  • Prone to scratches and dents

Cork
  • Derived from a renewable resource

  • Naturally hypoallergenic and mold-resistant

  • Provides thermal and acoustic insulation

  • Resists dents and scratchess

  • Durable

  • Lightweight

  • Slip-resistant

  • Resistant to water and oils

  • Biodegradable

  • Relatively expensive

  • It can be gouged

  • Can be stained if not properly sealed

Rubber
  • Stain resistant

  • Comfortable under foot

  • Provides thermal and acoustic insulation

  • Resists dents and scratchess

  • Durable

  • Lightweight

  • Slip-resistant

  • Resistant to water and oils

  • Variety of textures available
  • Relatively expensive

  • It can be gouged

  • Limited color selection
Concrete
  • Low maintenance

  • Can be colored for an attractive appearance

  • Hypo-allergenic

  • Cold underfoot

  • Hard surface is less comfortable than other choices

  • Can be slippery

Granite
  • Beautiful appearance

  • Elegant

  • Long life-span

  • Withstands heavy traffic

  • Expensive

  • Cold underfoot

  • Hard surface is less comfortable than other choices

  • Can be slippery

  • Requires periodic sealing

Marble
  • Beautiful appearance

  • Elegant

  • Long life-span

  • Withstands heavy traffic

  • Prone to staining

  • Expensive

  • Cold underfoot

  • Hard surface is less comfortable than other choices

  • Can be slippery

  • Requires periodic sealing






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