With a variety of flooring materials available, choosing the right flooring for your home can be a bit overwhelming. Every homeowner wants floors that look great. Consider the amount of money that goes into buying and installing flooring; you’ll want your investment to last as long as possible.
When choosing the right flooring for your home, opt for something that strikes a balance between function, style and comfort. It has to handle multiple hazards while still looking good at the same time.
Here are some of the most durable flooring materials to install in your home.
Hardwood floor evokes images of richness, charm and classic looks. Not only is it beautiful, it is also durable and can work in most rooms in your home. Today’s pre-finished hardwood floors come with a 50 – 100 year warranty.
Although solid hardwood is close to an indestructible material, it is not water resistant. That said, it should not be installed in the basement, bathroom or kitchen. Plus, hardwood tends to scratch easily. Even the hardest wood flooring will scratch. The good news is that it can be refinished many times and can be restored to perfection.
Unless area rugs and mats are used, concrete floor is hard underfoot. Unless radiant heating is installed, concrete is cold. Because of these, it’s no wonder why homeowners do not want concrete floor in their homes. But the truth is, it’s actually one of the most durable flooring options in the market. This is the reason why concrete floors are a trendy staple of restaurants and gastropubs.
Bamboo flooring has been a popular choice among homeowners because of its good looks, affordability and sustainable eco-friendly label. Although bamboo is categorized as grass, it is actually more durable than many types of wood. Unlike solid hardwood flooring, bamboo stands up well to water.
High quality bamboo flooring is very durable. It has 7 to 8 coats of aluminum oxide finish. In an attempt to create more competitively priced flooring, manufacturers started producing lower quality products. They can wear pretty quickly as they only have 3 to 4 coats of finish.