Everyone seems to love the look of hard-surface flooring.  With so many different options available, how do you know which one is best for you?  Here is an easy breakdown of the most popular products trending today:

Vinyl Flooring

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  • $
  • Resilient, so it’s relatively soft underfoot
  • Easy to install and maintain
  • Comes in a variety of colors and patterns, both sheet and tile form
  • Sheet vinyl is more water-resistant (fewer stains) but vinyl tile is easier to patch

Bamboo

  • $$$
  • In natural form, provides a warm look; can be colored with dye-based stains
  • Very durable; higher than oak
  • Can be refinished numerous times
  • A “green” choice, it’s eco-friendly

Wood

  • $$$
  • Warm color and distinctive grain offer natural beauty
  • Available in solid planks and strips as well as engineered types
  • Solid wood expands and contracts with changes in humidity, which can leave gaps on baords
  • Softwoods such as pine dent ans scratch easier than hardwoods such as oak
  • Can be refinished a number of times

Tile

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  • $$
  • Vast assortment of colors, textures and patterns
  • Highly durable
  • Must be sealed to resist stains
  • Hard and cold underfoot
  • Must be sealed to resist stains
  • Can crack if heavy items are dropped on it

Stone

  • $$$
  • Extremely durable
  • Polished stone (unlike that with a hone finish) can be slippery when wet
  • Uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time
  • Requires periodic sealing against stains and mositure

Laminate

  • $$
  • Wide array of colors and patterns including stone, wood, and tile look-alikes
  • Easy to install and maintain
  • Durable top layer resists dents, scratches, and water damage
  • Relatively soft underfoot

Linoleum

  • Natural product made from linseed oil and a mix of materials such as cork, wood, and limestone
  • Available in sheet and tile forms
  • Durable and comfortable underfoot
  • New no-wax surfaces make it easy to maintain

Cork

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  • $$
  • A natural, sustainable material
  • Extremely comfortable underfood
  • Can be purchased in plank or tile for,
  • Not resistant to fading or denting

Concrete

  • $$$
  • Extremely durable
  • Can be stained in a variety of colors
  • Nonresilient; uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time
  • Must be sealed

If you need any help selecting the best type of flooring for you and your family, call Forgie Home Staging & Redesign to schedule a consultation!

Until next time,

Elayne