Getting to the Bottom of Flooring Options

By D’Ann Harper | Oct 7th, 2019

Hardwood or laminate? Ceramic tile or stone? And what about good old linoleum?

When it comes to floors, it seems like the sky’s the limit when it comes to all the choices, so here’s a good grounding in popular floor options.

Hardwood

Hardwood floors have endured in popularity in part because of their durability – you can refinish them up to five times to remove scratches. Initially a pricier option than engineered wood or laminate, the ROI on hard wood is hard to beat. Domestic options like oak or maple are more affordable than exotic varieties.   

Laminate

Laminate flooring offers a multitude of options because the top layer is actually a photograph laid over layers of plywood or compressed fiber and sealed with a clear plastic coating. This means you can mimic the look of wood or stone for much less money. Laminate is more resistant to scratches and dents and is low maintenance. 

Ceramic Tile

Similar to laminate, ceramic tile can be printed with just about any pattern, providing many choices for discerning homeowners. Some ceramic tile is more durable than others – porcelain tile is perfect for high traffic areas and the fact that it is stain resistant makes it a popular choice. Terra cotta tiles, on the other hand, are less durable and need regular sealing.

Vinyl and Linoleum

Both vinyl and linoleum are resilient, flexible and softer to the touch than other options. Lately, linoleum has become more popular because it is made from natural, renewable materials, unlike vinyl. Vinyl is more water-resistant than linoleum, making it a good choice for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.

When considering your flooring options keep in mind a few things:

  • Different rooms have different needs Bathrooms and laundry rooms require floors that can withstand moisture. Think porcelain tile rather than hardwood. 
  • Variations exist in each category Love the natural feel of hardwood but concerned about denting? Consider more durable laminate options that mimic hardwood.  
  • Flooring doesn’t have to bottom out the bank account. When it comes to flooring, a variety of options and price points exist. For the cost-conscious, DIY-ers can save on installation costs.

When it comes down to it, floors ground us in our homes. Understanding your options will help you enjoy your home to the fullest. 

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®  can be reached at (210) 483-7581 or pr@cbharper.com and has been an affiliate of the Coldwell Banker franchise system for over 30 years. 

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