A Guide to Choose the Right Type of Flooring- Part Two
In the last post, we introduced a buying guide for wood floors. Buying a new floor can be a confusing process, especially so because there are so many options. As a result, many consumers ask themselves: what type of flooring should I install? This guide helps answer that question and represents a resource that consumers can use to narrow down their options and make an educated decision about buying a new floor. For information on Solid Hardwood, Engineered Hardwood, and Luxury Vinyl Plank, see part one. Part two is as follows:
Bamboo is the unsung hero of the flooring industry. It’s durable, cheap, and environmentally friendly. Bamboo is technically speaking a grass, not a wood, but don’t let that dissuade you. Check out why you should consider bamboo for your new floors!
You should buy if:
- You’re concerned about the environment: Bamboo can grow at a rate of up to one meter per day. This makes it incredibly environmentally sustainable and a great choice for those who are concerned about the environment.
- Your floors see lots of traffic: Bamboo floors can be incredibly hard due to their manufacturing process. This makes them a good choice for homes with young children or pets with sharp nails.
Final Verdict: Bamboo floors represent a great flooring choice. However, be prepared to do the research before you make a decision to buy. There are multiple types of bamboo floors, and they vary in quality. Make sure you buy from a reputable dealer who can help you find the perfect product for your home.
Exotic species of hardwood like Brazilian Cherry or Teak can be an excellent way to add a fresh aesthetic to your home. Exotic Hardwoods have been very popular in the flooring industry for the past ten years. However, their popularity has waned recently, which has had the effect of making them slightly more affordable.
You should buy if:
- You have money to spare: Exotic hardwoods are expensive, primarily because they are exotic.
- Deciding to purchase new floors represents an aesthetic, and not a financial, decision: Exotic Hardwood is beautiful, but it currently represents a shrinking percentage of the flooring industry. Therefore, installing exotic hardwood flooring might not overtly increase the re-sale value of your home.
- You’re ok with maintenance: Exotic hardwood floors can be very sensitive to the environment, and they often require special attention to maintain their optimal humidity levels. This may mean having to buy a special humidifier.
Final Verdict: Exotic Hardwood floors are undoubtedly beautiful. However, that beauty comes at a cost. Never-the-less, you get what you pay for with exotic hardwood floors. They may be more expensive, but they are incredibly hard, durable, and luxurious.
Laminate flooring has been around since the 1970s, and it continues to represent an economical alternative to other flooring options. It is made from multiple layers of synthetic materials which are sealed together.
You should buy if:
- You want to install new floors on a budget: Laminate flooring is inexpensive, durable, and easy to maintain. It therefore represents a great choice for consumers who don’t want to break the bank on new floors.
- You care about the environment: Laminate flooring is made primarily from recycled materials, making it a great choice for environmentally concerned consumers.
Final Verdict: While laminate flooring may not be the most luxurious flooring product, it gets the job done. This product is perfect for workrooms, man-caves, and other areas where aesthetics shouldn’t be the primary consideration.
This concludes FERMA Flooring’s Buying Guide. If you still haven’t managed to answer the question: What type of flooring should I install, contact us, and we’d be more than happy to find the perfect type of flooring for your home.