Choosing Flooring Materials

Choosing a flooring material can be quite overwhelming at times, especially because of the vast characteristics each flooring type holds.  To make your life a little easier, listed below are varying flooring options explaining pros and cons.  Depending on what you are looking for, one selection may fit your needs over another.

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tiled Flooring

Because of its durability, ceramic and porcelain tiles are used in numerous amounts of kitchens and bathrooms.  Many individuals find that they are easy to maintain, and the fact that they do not harbor germs is definitely a perk.  These types of tiled flooring come in various colors and design, and have improved immensely with imitating real stone such as carrara marble or travertine.  Mixing and matching different colored tiles and sizes, and installing them in a pattern will also give you a unique look.  Although porcelain and ceramics has its benefits, the hardness of the tiles tends to cause discomfort on your feet and legs.  If you live in an area with cooler climate, you may want to think about heated flooring, as these types of tiles tend to stay cold throughout the year.

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Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood is probably still the most sought out flooring material.  It is both beautiful and timeless, and forms a warm atmosphere that many people look for in their homes.  Hardwood is less resistant to dents and scratches; however it can be repaired by sanding and refinishing.  They are easy to maintain as well, using a wood cleaner now and again will keep the floors shiny.  Although it is easy to maintain, resealing every few years is suggested because of its porous characteristic.  Moisture and climate changes will make hardwood constrict and expand, and this type of flooring is usually avoided in basements for that reason.

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Cork Flooring

Cork Flooring comes in two forms, either in tiles or planks.  Just as hardwood, cork flooring will also give warmth to a space.  In contrast with wood, the cushion of cork flooring makes it dent resistant.  It also soaks up a lot of sound and is a great material for kids with allergens since it is hypoallergenic.  This substance does not accrue mold or mildew.  Cork flooring must be resealed ever few years and vacuumed frequently as crumbs or dirt can scratch the surface over time.  Cork does not mesh well with damp areas, so basements or bathrooms should be avoided when using this material.

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Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring

There is a myriad of colors and selections when it comes to luxury vinyl tiles.  You can find them in tile and plank formats.  They are very affordable and very easy to care for.  Vinyl tiles are best used for bathrooms or basements since they are ideal for damp areas.  On the downside, they are very vulnerable to scratches, tears, and stains.

If you would like to talk about ideas for remodeling or renovating your home in Fairfax, Mclean, Springfield, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church VA, reach out to us at Foster Remodeling. Call now for a free consultation!

Written by: Mimi Lee—Design Consultant—Foster Remodeling Solutions