Have you been thinking of swapping out your carpet with new flooring? Well, springtime is the best time to upgrade your flooring to something that will look nice and modern while also keeping you and your family cool during hot weather. Take a look at some of the best flooring options to beat the heat below.
Hardwood flooring is perhaps the most popular flooring to consider when planning a home remodel due to its numerous benefits. While hardwood flooring can be more expensive to put into a home over other flooring options, they can provide the most value because of their staying power and aesthetics. The classic look of hardwood floors is unbeatable and can add elegance and warmth to your home and they are easy to keep clean and more stain-resistant than carpet. While it is true that wood can be prone to scratching and denting, with proper care and a bit of refinishing as needed, solid hardwood can last for decades. They can also be customized to a certain extent with a different finish or stain so you can switch up the look of them over time if desired to better match the decor and overall feel of your home.
Another great thing is that the quality of hardwoods does not go unnoticed when assessing the value of your home, so they are an excellent choice if you are planning to sell your home in the near future. Typically buyers will pay more for hardwoods over carpet and laminate or vinyl style flooring. They will also like that there are no updates needed for the flooring which can speed up the buying process.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered hardwood flooring may be a lesser-known flooring option to some, but provides many of the same perks as solid hardwood flooring while being a little more forgiving when it comes to day-to-day durability. While hardwood floors are cut from solid wood, engineered hardwood is made from layers of both hardwood and plywood which can give a more constructed, industrial look. This wood construction prevents the floor from warping and bowing when exposed to moisture and sunlight the way a hardwood floor might when exposed to the same elements. Another advantage is that engineered hardwood can be installed in almost any area of the home, including the basement which is typically not a safe place to put down hardwood. Engineered hardwood is easy to clean and maintain, and with high-quality materials and consistent upkeep, it can last just as long as hardwood. Some engineered wood can also be refinished and stained a time or two as well.
When wanting to keep cool in hot climates, tile flooring is one of the best due to the materials used when constructing it. Some of the common types of tile flooring are ceramic, stone, and porcelain. Materials like these give the floor a natural, yet elegant look and can be highly customized with a wide range of options to choose from in regards to tile shape, size, color, and texture. It is easy to care for and clean, making it a good option for high traffic areas and even for patio flooring. While it is sturdier than wood flooring due to its moisture-resistant properties, tile flooring often does not last as long due to cracking or chipping over time. However, with proper maintenance, tile floors can last well over 20 years.
Stained Concrete Flooring
While many only think of concrete flooring as being in garages or basements, interior use of this flooring has grown in popularity in the past few years due to its modern aesthetic. Stained concrete flooring can take on a wide range of hues and colors and offers remarkable design flexibility. Concrete is extremely strong and durable and one of the most scratch-resistant flooring types on the market. Maintaining a concrete floor is relatively easy, it needs to be sealed or waxed every few months depending on wear, other than that, a simple sweeping and mopping are all you need for upkeep. Concrete can be susceptible to settling and cracking over time but it is possible to patch, grind, and refinish the floor to its original sheen.
Terrazzo is described as a composite material that can consist of a variety of components such as glass, granite, quartz, marble, and more. Like concrete and tile flooring, there is a wide range of design options included and is a great choice for those that want to add a truly unique look to their living space. Terrazzo can be morphed into tile or have more a resin look depending on your taste, and while it can be expensive to lay this type of flooring, Terrazzo is a great value as it will last a lifetime and hold up to every-day wear and tear.
Vinyl Plank Flooring
Vinyl plank flooring is a popular choice for many households due to its affordability and water-resistant surface. While hardwoods can warp with moisture exposure, surface water and spills won’t effect vinyl flooring, making it ideal if you have accident-prone children or pets in the home. Vinyl flooring also doesn’t come with heavy upkeep, a simple sweep and mop will do to keep them looking their best. Luxury vinyl plank flooring can look very realistic to hardwood while still offering these benefits.
Faux Wood/Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is also a great low-cost choice for a flooring upgrade. It is made from fully man-made, layered materials such as pressed composite or recycled wood and while some laminate flooring can look realistic at a distance, the faux nature becomes apparent to most upon closer inspection. Laminate flooring is very easy to clean and scratch-resistant and while not water-resistant like vinyl flooring, it is quite durable. Because of its UV-protected topcoat, it will not fade in sunlight as quickly as other floorings such as hardwood, so homeowners can feel more comfortable putting it into a room with large windows. Laminate flooring can also be a solid flooring choice for the kitchen and other wetter areas like bathrooms and mudrooms.
Selecting the Right Flooring Type
When selecting a type of floor for your home, think about every-day use and the kinds of traffic the floor in question will get. Durability is a huge consideration, especially when there are children and pets in the home. The flooring options listed above vary widely in style and upkeep so it is essential to do your research when updating your floors. The best thing you can do is consult with a professional contractor to ensure a sound decision for your lifestyle. If you want to replace your floors for the warmer months but have questions on the type of flooring that is best for you, contact Tilghman Builders and we can walk you through your options during the planning process to determine the right choice.