With new products constantly hitting the market, how can you know what is the most durable flooring?
When it comes to flooring, wood floors are great, but they require constant maintenance and aren’t scratch-resistant. Vinyl floors are durable and easy to clean, but they look dated after a few years. Tile floors are beautiful and long-lasting, but they’re also expensive.
There’s a new kid on the block called laminate flooring. It’s made from recycled plastic bottles, and it looks just as nice as any other type of flooring. But unlike traditional flooring, it doesn’t require regular maintenance. In fact, it lasts forever.
I’m going to share with you the most durable flooring options available today. I’ll tell you why each option is better than the next, and how you can find the perfect type of flooring solution for your home.
The Most Durable Flooring Options
1. Vinyl Plank, Sheet Vinyl
Vinyl flooring is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a plastic material that is resistant to heat, cold, moisture, chemicals, and scratches. It also resists fading and discoloration. This product is incredibly versatile and easy on the wallet. Vinyl can show light scratches, but will not chip.
2. Ceramic and Porcelain Tiling
Ceramic tiles are made from clay and fired at high temperatures. This process makes them very hard and resistant to scratches and stains. They also tend to be less porous than porcelain or stone, so they don’t absorb liquids as easily.
Laminate floors are made from layers of wood or plastic sandwiched together with glue. They’re very strong and last for years. The latest laminate floors are made using composite materials, with a beautiful veneer and feature an incredibly hard and durable top coat finish.
4. Solid Hardwood
Solid hardwood floors are made from wood that has been dried for several months before being cut into boards. Drying allows the wood to shrink less when it is cut, making it stronger.
Hardwood floors are installed using solid wood planks nailed down together on a subfloor. Because they’re made from solid pieces of wood, they absorb moisture, unlike laminate or vinyl floors. They also last longer than carpeted floors.
The great thing about hardwood floors is they can be refinished – which is also a major con for hardwood, it must be refinished.
5. Engineered Wood
Engineered wood floors are extremely durable because they are made from multiple layers of wood veneers. The top layer is usually a solid wood such as oak, maple, cherry, mahogany, etc., which provides strength and stability. The middle layer is made from plywood, which adds flexibility and allows for easy installation. Finally, the bottom layer is made from high-quality particleboard, which gives the floor added durability and resistance to moisture.
Concrete floors are very durable. They are made from cement, sand, gravel, water, and chemicals. These materials make concrete floors strong and resistant to damage. Concrete floors, unlike tile, are subject to erosion depending on the finish. Concrete is also quite brittle and can crack. Although, properly finished concrete floors will last forever.
7. Natural Stone
Natural stone floors are made from materials such as granite, marble, slate, travertine, limestone, etc. These stones are formed over millions of years through processes like erosion, weathering, and chemical reactions. As a result, they are extremely hard and resistant to scratches and stains. They also have a beautiful appearance and feel great underfoot.
Laminate vs Vinyl for Durability
Vinyl flooring is much more durable than laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is made from a thin layer of synthetic or wood veneer glued onto a wood-composite material most often. The glue used for laminates, in combination with the core material and the top finish is what makes laminate so durable.
Vinyl flooring has a thicker top layer of plastic, which makes it more durable. It is made from fibreglass in plastics and is 100% waterproof. Vinyl floors have a finish which is less hard than laminate, so may show scratches but won’t chip.
What Flooring Will Last The Longest?
Laminate floors last longer in perfect condition than vinyl, wood, or tile. They also look better, and they are easier to clean. If you want to save money while getting durability, laminate floors are the way to go.
Wood floors last longer than any other type of flooring. However, they require regular maintenance, such as cleaning and waxing. If you want to save money, consider laminate flooring which is cheaper than wood.
It’s important to weigh all the pros and cons of each flooring type; most flooring is very durable but there are subtle differences between each kind. Please contact us to learn more about durable flooring.