Popular Choices for Home Flooring Surfaces
One's choice of Flooring can make or break a room's atmosphere because some flooring materials lend themselves better to certain rooms. A nice-looking floor never grows old or goes out of style. A home builder might not know how to determine the most appropriate flooring material, let alone how to install it. This article outlines the pros and cons of the most used flooring materials installed by professionals like GC Flooring Pros.
Hardwood Flooring – Hardwood flooring has always been a consumer favorite ranking second to carpeting. Hardwood advocates claim there is hardwood floor to suit every homeowner and with the choices of wood species available, that can be combined, stained, finished, reclaimed, or distressed, in any fashion, it's easy to believe. Hardwood floors offer a blend of sophistication, longevity, and beauty, that s unequaled. With hardwood, one is assured the floor will be long-lasting, durable, and can be refinished if necessary. The only drawbacks are its up-front expense and its vulnerability to humidity and moisture, so its use in bathrooms is not recommended.
Tile – Tile installed by GC Flooring Pros is the most versatile of all flooring materials. It can be used indoors or outdoors, as a wall covering, counter top and backsplash, or flooring. It is ideally suited for areas subject to water or moisture like kitchens, laundry rooms, or bathrooms. The styles, patterns, and colors are too numerous to mention here, but the most popular are embossed, high gloss, and textured or unglazed for outdoor patio applications. Tile is nonporous, versatile, durable, and hides scratches. They are prone to breaking if heavy objects are dropped on them, however, they are easily replaced. One drawback is that the grout lines can be difficult to keep clean.
Laminate Flooring – One of the least costly materials, per square foot, to install. Its lower price point, durability, and its ease of installation, is very appealing. Its ability to mimic other flooring materials such as tile, marble, stone, and hardwood, adds to its appeal. It resists chips, scratches, burns, making it an excellent choice for high traffic locations. However, it can't be refinished like hardwood, and in time will begin to wear and must be replaced.
Carpet – Carpet remains a perennial favorite due to the comfort it provides and its relatively lower cost. Carpeting also offers good insulating properties and can reduce noise within the home. Advancement in carpet fibers and coatings has increased its resistance to stains making it easier to maintain. The downside to carpeting is that wear will show in high traffic areas and that it holds allergens such as dander, hair, and pollen.
Other flooring options available from GC Flooring Pros include marble, cork, and bamboo. Marble makes a dramatic effect in a foyer, is easy to keep, and comes in many colors and patterns. Cork makes an ideal surface for a child's playroom but can be pricey. Bamboo is a green alternative that is beautiful, durable, and comes in many colors.