When building and renovating houses, the floor installation is one of the major expenses. Aside from its aesthetic feel, foot traffic and wear and tear should be considered. There are different types of floors depend on the material used, longevity, resistance to wear and tear, and price.
Types of Flooring
- Solid Wood. Wood is the most expensive due to its high aesthetic value and sturdiness. It is also easy to clean and maintain. It is best to be installed in the living room. However, foot traffic, humidity, and sunlight can alter the look of solid wood floors.
- Engineered Wood. Engineered wood flooring is made of a thin veneer of wood or bamboo over plywood. It costs less than solid wood. It easily dents than wood and can only be refinished once depending on the wood thickness.
- Laminate. This type of floor is made of a dense fiberboard with a photo under a clear protective plastic layer. It can imitate the look of wood or stone. It is more resistant to discoloration due to sunlight. It should be replaced when the outer cover is scratched.
- Vinyl. Vinyl floor is resistant to scratches, dents, and discoloration. It is the least costly since it has a cheaper aesthetic feel to it.
- Linoleum. It is made of linseed oil and wood products. It has several styles and colors. Its cost depends on its resistance to wear, dents and scratches.
- Ceramic Tile. Ceramic tiles are the most expensive floor material since it is resistant to wear, moisture, dents, and stains. However, it can be prone to cracking and is laborious to install.
Humidity and climate, as well as location, are also major factors. Floor installation in Ladera Ranch is very different from Wicker Park. Also, different rooms in the house have different flooring needs. Flooring can make or break a room so careful decision making should be made.