Types of Flooring
There are many types of flooring out there, but each has different pros and cons. Here, Eric Stromer runs down the main advantages and disadvantages of hardwood, cork, bamboo, natural linoleum, carpet and tile flooring to help you make a decision on what's best for your home.
Hardwood is one of the most popular types of flooring. It's durable and easy to clean, and while it may wear over time, it can be sanded and refinished to last for decades. It's one of the most expensive options, but can add value to your home. Hardwood is versatile, but not ideal in bathrooms or kitchens.
Treated cork is sustainable, durable and comfortable on your foot. It's also great for sound and heat insulation.
Bamboo is another sustainable material that's very durable and priced well below hardwood. It comes in a variety of pre-finished stains, but can't be changed like hardwood can.
Natural Linoleum Flooring
Natural linoleum is a biodegradable and inexpensive flooring alternative. It's easy to install, clean and maintain. Plus, it comes in a variety of colors and styles. It works great in kitchens and bathrooms.
Tile is one of the most durable and easily maintained flooring options. Installation will cost about as much as hardwood, but will last the lifetime of your home. It's great for kitchens and bathrooms, but also a good option for high-traffic areas. However, the cons of the material are that it's hard and cold and can crack.
Carpet is very comfortable under your feet and comes in a variety of pile heights. It's relatively inexpensive, but the least durable flooring option. However, depending on wear and tear, the carpet only needs to be replaced about every 7-10 years.
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