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There are many aspects of flooring to take into consideration during renovation. Is it slippery when wet? Hard to clean? Do I want to spend the money needed for this particular space? We hope to provide you with advice concerning these issues and more, and we are prepared to install whatever type of flooring you choose.

Flooring Guide

Choosing the correct type of flooring that best suits the different areas of your home can be complicated. There are many attributes to take into consideration as in cost, durability, ease of cleanliness and installation. To simplify matters, we have provided this guide starting with the most inexpensive flooring available.

Vinyl

Fully synthetic materials with color pigment added.

  • Positive Attributes – Very inexpensive and easy to install. May be glued or nailed over subflooring. It is water resistant and easy to clean.
  • Negative Attributes – Synthetic materials may emit Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC’s) into the air. Not easy to repair and lacks beauty.
  • $ Very inexpensive, easy to install, and easy to clean, however it is not durable.

 

Floating Wood Tile

Synthetic material that simulates wood (also stone) appearance and is then laminated over.

  • Positive Attributes – It is easy to install, inexpensive, easy to clean, and easy to replace.
  • Negative Attributes – It is synthetic and not genuine, which may be a visual drawback for purists. Also because it is not real wood, it can not be finished and polished. Will scuff.
  • $$ Relatively inexpensive, however not very durable.

 

Ceramic and Porcelain

These are hard glazed squares made of ceramic or porcelain.

  • Positive Attributes – This flooring is durable, easy to clean, easy to replace if chipped, and comes in many colors.
  • Negative Attributes – Grout is difficult to clean and may stain.
  • $$ Relatively inexpensive and durable, yet difficult to install.

 

Carpet

The more popular choices are made of the synthetic materials of polyester, polypropylene, and nylon. The less popular natural material is made of wool.

  • Positive Attributes – Carpet is comfortable underfoot and acts as good insulation retaining warmth during cold months.
  • Negative Attributes – Stains easily and is difficult to clean. Durability weak in high traffic areas.
  • $$$$ Expensive and difficult to install.

 

Engineered Wood

A veneer of wood on top of many layers of wood. It is produced by machine to give it a certain look and feel and often comes pre-laminated.

  • Positive Attributes – It resists moisture which makes it a nice choice in basements. Can be installed over any subflooring including concrete and padding. Fast installation.
  • Negative Attributes – Quality and durability vary greatly in terms of brand. Engineered wood may only be sanded and refinished once. Edges of the panels are not finished and may fray.
  • $$$$ Expensive with average durability and easy installation.

 

Hardwood

Wooden timber made from oak, hickory, maple, and walnut.

  • Positive Attributes – Very durable. They can be refinished and sanded many times over during a lifetime. Hardwood floors are beautiful because of the authenticity of materials used and exudes warmth. They are also easy to clean.
  • Negative Attributes – It is more expensive and difficult to install. Hardwood is also cold and noisy when walked upon.
  • $$$$ Expensive and difficult to install, yet very durable.

 

Bamboo

Uses bamboo reeds over subflooring. Like hardwood flooring, bamboo flooring is attractive, earthy, and durable. Bamboo flooring is also and eco-friendly option as bamboo reeds are highly renewable.

  • Positive Attributes – It is very durable and hypoallergenic. Authentic materials used and it’s light color are pleasing to the eye.
  • Negative Attributes – May fade over time if exposed to direct sunlight. The adhesive used to create this flooring may release Volatile Organic Compounds called VOC’s into the air. Not water resistant, susceptible to water damage.
  • $$$$$ Very expensive, yet also very durable. This flooring is average in ease of cleaning and installation.

 

Cork

It is made from the bark of cork oak.

  • Positive Attributes – Very earthy pleasant look, cork flooring is very durable and resists damage. Resists staining and mildew. It is also eco-friendly.
  • Negative Attributes – Depending on the finish, it may absorb moisture. It is also expensive and not as easy to clean as other flooring.
  • $$$$$ Very expensive, yet also very durable. Average amount of work involved to install.

 

Stone

Limestone, granite, marble, and slate are the most common type of stone used for flooring. Natural rock is cut from quarry.

  • Positive Attributes – This type of flooring has a timeless appeal and is very attractive. It’s appearance tends to improve with age and wear.
  • Negative Attributes – Expensive and difficult to install, this type of flooring is less easy to clean and is slippery when wet. Certain types of stone absorb stains and dirt. The grout used with this flooring also may absorb stains and dirt.
  • $$$$$ Very expensive and difficult to install, however very durable.

 

As you can see, there are many different flooring options from which to choose. We hope that based on our pros and cons of each flooring type you will be able to make wise decisions.

For a free consultation please call or email us – Tomer Amir 416-824-4426 or Tal Amir 647-885-4112, tomerlivingconstruction@gmail.com.