Our floors get used every single day, so it makes sense to get the most durable, as well as beautiful, floors we can manage.
We want a floor surface that looks great but can stand the test of time, even with adults, kids and pets walking, running, jumping and skidding all over it.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of 4 of the top durable floor choices that’ll last for years in your home.
Hardwood flooring’s a classic. It’s been used for centuries and is still the most popular floor covering to date.
Wood flooring feels great underfoot as it’s not too cold or slippery. It’s easy to clean and great for allergy sufferers as any dust just sits on top and can be wiped off, unlike carpet that hides the mites within its fibers.
Hardwood flooring is prone to dings and dents, but a wood floor can be refinished for a lifetime. Often these imperfections if anything, add, to the look and feel of your floor.
Though a great choice for almost any room, and brings warmth and color to a space. It’s often better not to use hardwood in the bathroom, though, as it’s susceptible to water damage. Water can bow or crack a wooden floor, so stick to hardwood in your ‘dry’ rooms instead.
Before now, vinyl floors were known for being pretty tacky, and low-quality, so we’ve steered away from them for years, keeping that 1980s chic firmly in the past.
But vinyl’s come a long way since then, and actually makes for very durable flooring today. There are even luxury vinyl options that are very realistic and authentic-looking.
It’s waterproof so can be used in kitchens and bathrooms. It’s easy to clean, and its faintly cushioned surface reduces foot pain and fatigue associated with hard floors.
Vinyl’s nice underfoot as it’s softer, but it’s also warm compared to tiles or wood, so it’s very popular in cold bathrooms, first thing in the morning.
The flooring can rip if it’s scratched or scraped, so that’s something to be aware of. Still, it’s very easy and cheap to replace a tile or section here and there.
3. Engineered Hardwood
This durable flooring material has the same look and characteristics of hardwood but is cheaper and easier to fit.
Engineer hardwood floors can be floated on top of an existing floor. They’re made of strong plywood and covered with a real hardwood top layer.
These floors react to knocks and dents the same way as real hardwood, which can enhance their look, but you can only refinish them a limited number of times.
Stone floors have been around for millenniums, and the fact we still use them today shows just how durable they are.
Tiled floors can be made of stone like slate, even marble, while ceramic tiles are man-made and stylized with different colors and patterns.
Tiles are waterproof and easy to lay. They can get very cold, though, so underfloor heating is a good idea in a kitchen or bathroom.
Tiles can break or chip if something heavy is dropped onto them, though. Broken tiles can be replaced, but it can be quite a process to carry this out.
The Benefits of Durable Flooring
We don’t often think about them, but when our floor is damaged, suddenly it’s all we see and it changes the look of a room. Instead, invest in a durable, quality floor.
Not only will it keep your room looking fresh and beautiful, but it’ll keep up with your busy lifestyle, and your family’s, too.
Ready to choose your flooring? Why not get in touch and see how we can help.