Pros and Cons of Different Types of Flooring Materials
Replacing your home’s floors is a big investment so it’s important to take all factors into account so you can make the best choice. This renovation will not only update your home’s appearance but will also add value to your home and impress potential buyers. Here is a look at 3 different types of flooring materials.
Engineered hardwood is a popular choice among homeowners since it is cheaper than solid hardwood. Solid hardwood also requires more effort to maintain as it needs to be refinished every five years.
This type of flooring can be installed over nearly any level surface and only needs refinishing if the floor starts to show signs of wear. While engineered hardwood flooring is known to have moisture resistance, it is important to note that it is not completely waterproof. Engineered hardwood floors cost around $4 to $9 per square foot installed.
Because of its durability and luxurious feel, natural-stone flooring materials like marble are ideal for high-traffic areas like kitchens and living rooms. To retain its beauty, it’s important to sweep marble floors daily, wipe up spills, and seal polished marble floors with a good sealant at least once a year.
Despite its elegant look, marble flooring does come with some potential drawbacks, including its slippery surface, vulnerability to certain chemicals, difficulties in the installation process, and high price tag. Homeowners who wish to upgrade their floors and make an elegant statement can choose from a variety of natural stone flooring, like granite, limestone, and slate. Depending on the contractor, professional installation costs for marble flooring ranges from $10 to $20 per square foot.
Vinyl Flooring Materials
Today’s vinyl planks are much easier to install and are DIY-friendly since they don’t require any cutting or hammering. And thanks to innovative technology, manufacturers of vinyl flooring have improved their designs, textures, and patterns, giving it a more realistic look and feel.
Vinyl flooring materials are also less susceptible to stains and are water-resistant. This makes them ideal for areas of the home that see more moisture, like bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room. Although vinyl planks are appealing to homeowners due to their durability and low price point (around $1 to $2 per sq. ft.), this type of flooring can emit volatile organic compounds or VOCs.
These are just a few types of popular flooring materials available to homeowners. Doing research and making the best decision for your home, will improve its appearance and an added value in the long run.