One of the major requirements that most homeowners have of most of the elements of their home is their longevity. Floors are one of the most used and abused features of a house and therefore, it is very important to explore durable options when it comes to flooring. Fortunately, there is no shortage of durable flooring materials for the home. This article will talk about a few of the options available to you when it comes to flooring.
While concrete is used extensively outside the house, few homeowners will want to install it inside. However, it is one of the most obviously durable materials available and can make for very hardy flooring. If the chief concern is the aesthetics, homeowners have the option of staining their concrete floors in a variety of colors to match the look of the home.
Natural stones are also very durable and can almost match concrete in that respect. They also come in a variety of colors and textures and are great ways to add a bit of beauty to the home. Travertine is a great durable option. Many homeowners also choose marble but they should be warned that marble is not as durable as some may think and can wear down quite fast compared to some other natural stones.
Vinyl comes in sheets and tiles. They are one of the most popular options when it comes to flooring due to their relative cheapness and ability to withstand years of wear and tear. Sheet vinyl is marginally more durable that tiled vinyl as it has fewer seams when installed. The seams are the weak points in these floors as water can seep in through them if not sealed properly and rot the wood underneath.
Solid hardwood can scratch but these can easily be sanded out. In fact, most hardwood floors can withstand years of sanding before they start showing signs of wear. Engineered wood flooring is also available and can be as durable as solid hardwood. Using carpets and area rugs with runners can reduce scratching. Declawing pets who scratch the wood floors may also be a good idea.
There are many other options available when it comes to durable flooring. Laminate flooring is also a great choice on the cheap and is continually being made better. Ask a professional for advice to choose the best option for your home.