Hardwood floors, for instance, aren’t the best choice for homeowners with pets and children because of how easily they scratch. A porcelain wood look tile, on the other hand, is perfect for families because of how durable it is. You also won’t want tile if you have foundation problems. This can cause the tile to crack.
Where you’re installing flooring also matters. A flooring salesperson won’t recommend a laminate or hardwood for kitchens and bathrooms (they don’t handle moisture well). She will, however, assess your flooring needs and give you the best possible solution.
It’s important to communicate with your flooring salesperson. If the flooring they’re showing you is too expensive, tell them. The best part about flooring is that there’s a style available for every budget. Your flooring salesperson can help you find it.
Easy to clean, low maintenance floors include:
- Porcelain tile
- Smartstrand Forever Clean carpet
Floors that require more maintenance, from special cleaners to moisture protection, include:
- Natural Stone
Tile normally has a slip resistance rating on the back of the sample board. If not, your flooring salesperson should be able to find out for you.
You can usually identify flooring with good slip resistance based on the flooring’s texture. The more textured a tile is, the more grip it provides.
You have to seal natural stone flooring because of how porous it is. Ask your flooring salesperson how often you should seal it. We generally recommend every two to four years, though this can vary depending on the type of natural stone and where it’s installed.
OK, so you just laughed after reading that. Life gets in the way, and most of the time homeowners are buying flooring on the week of the deadline their contractor gave them.
This is why it’s important to ask your flooring salesperson what’s available in stock. If you find something you like, you don’t have to wait for it to be shipped. In-stock flooring is also generally less expensive, and it doesn’t have a freight fee.
Color body porcelain tile ranks number one in durability among flooring types. Vinyl and natural stone are also fine options for high traffic areas. Both can handle scratches and scuffs, too. Hardwood floors can last as long as the home does, but they scratch easily. Carpet has a shelf life of about 10 years.