When it’s time to replace your property’s worn-out flooring, you’ve got lots of options to choose from. But which flooring option will stand the test of time best? In this article, we’re going to cover the five most durable flooring options for your home or business, ones that will hold up to years of foot traffic, spills, pet claws, and office chairs!
- Porcelain Tile
When it comes to flooring durability, nothing beats the indestructibility of porcelain tile. Yes, the word “porcelain” conjures up images of dainty tea sets, but when it comes to porcelain tile, nothing is stronger.
Porcelain tile is highly dense, so it resists scratching and scuffing better than other types of tile. To be certified as porcelain, a tile must be waterproof, with a water absorption rate of less than one half of one percent. That means you can even use porcelain tile outside!
Plus, with colored porcelain tile, the color is saturated throughout the porcelain itself, so if a tile does get scratched, it’s hardly noticeable.
- Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo flooring is the newest eco-friendly flooring option that’s also raced ahead of the pack because of its beauty and durability. Bamboo flooring looks a lot like wood flooring, but it’s actually harder than most types of hardwood flooring!
Bamboo flooring is made by mixing bamboo fibers with resin and forming it into planks, which are then installed like plank vinyl or hardwood flooring. Bamboo is environmentally friendly (because bamboo grows much faster than trees – even as much as three feet per day), but it is susceptible to water damage, so bamboo flooring isn’t a great choice for wet environments like bathrooms.
- Vinyl plank flooring
Vinyl plank flooring is enjoying boundless popularity right now because it’s affordable, durable, and comes in an endless array of looks including wood, stone, tile, patterns and more.
Vinyl planks can be either waterproof or water resistant, so it’s a great choice for all rooms of the home including kitchens and bathrooms. Rigid-core vinyl plank flooring can stand up to furniture legs without denting, and protective finishes provide impressive scuff-resistance – meaning you can forgo rugs if you’d like!
- Vinyl sheet flooring
Vinyl sheet flooring doesn’t get the praise it deserves. It’s been the flooring of choice for mid-priced and low-priced homes for decades, but with today’s technology and high-end textures and designs, vinyl sheet flooring belongs in even luxury homes and offices.
Vinyl sheet flooring is waterproof, easy to install, lasts forever, stands up to decades of wear and tear, and is stain and scuff resistant.
- Hardwood flooring
Hardwood flooring doesn’t just last – it lasts for centuries! How many times have you visited a historic home or city district and noticed the original hardwoods under your feet? Yep – if you want to get your money’s worth out of your flooring investment, nothing beats always-in-style hardwood.
Unlike tile and vinyl, hardwoods are always in fashion, which functionally adds to the lifespan of your floor. Of course, hardwood is prone to scratches and dents, as well as water damage if spills aren’t cleaned up promptly, but the great thing about hardwood flooring is that it can be refinished many times, extending the life of the floor for generations.
Because it is not water resistant, hardwood flooring is typically not a good choice for bathrooms, but it makes a stunning addition to living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens and foyers.
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