Benefits and Drawbacks of Different Flooring Types

Whether you’re moving into a new home or just need a refresh on your existing one, you may be wondering what kind of flooring you’ll need for your Buffalo home. For home flooring types, what are the benefits and drawbacks of each? Let’s take a quick look at some popular options.

  • Hardwood is beautiful, adds value to your home, and lasts a long time. However, it can be expensive to install, can dent and scratch, and requires regular refinishing as often as every 3-5 years, which can make it even more expensive over time.
  • Carpeting is often found in areas of the home that have less traffic, though it used to be found throughout the home. It’s fairly inexpensive, is warm, and it’s slip resistant. However, it also requires regular vacuuming and deep cleaning, especially if you have allergies.
  • Laminate is hardwood’s distant relation, costing less by using less high-quality wood and including layers of less expensive ply or fiber board. However, it’s also susceptible to water damage, requiring purchase and storage of replacement pieces.
  • Vinyl is a great, inexpensive option to use in a wet area such as a kitchen, bathroom, or mudroom because its water resistant. However, it also has a lower lifespan than tile or wood, requiring replacement to keep looking great.
  • Tile and Stone are two options that are another great possibility for wet areas. It’s very moisture resistant and has a wide range of appearances to match your style. Some people don’t like the hard surface, and some tiles need regular sealing or maintenance. 
  • Epoxy floors are gaining strong traction. As a poured and finished surface, it often requires professional application to come out right, but it’s very durable, standing up to chemicals and heat, and can be waterproofed for basement and garage spaces.

These different home flooring types provide Buffalo homeowners with great options to make their homes or businesses look wonderful while providing strong benefits at the same time. By considering the use of the space you’re adding flooring to, you can ensure that you’re getting the right flooring for that situation. If you’re ready to make a selection or need help finding the right option for your needs, please feel free to reach out to Modern Flooring & Renovations today. Our experienced professionals are always ready to help!