Flooring Materials

Bamboo

As most property owners know, choosing the right type of flooring for their homes or offices can seem like a daunting project. Over the past few years, bamboo flooring has become extremely popular because it is not only affordable; it is also ecologically friendly and relatively easy to care for. Below is a little more information on this flooring material.

Benefits

One of the main benefits of bamboo flooring is that it is ecologically friendly. Bamboo is able to grow to maturity in three to five years, whereas trees used to manufacture hardwood flooring can take between twenty and fifty years to reach the point where they can be used for flooring.

Bamboo flooring is also easy to maintain – in most cases, all it requires to keep it looking good is regular sweeping or vacuuming. It can be damp mopped if needed as well, as it is water resistant.

Bamboo flooring is also affordable in that it can cost as little as a few dollars per square foot to purchase and install. If it starts to look dull after a few years, it is often possible to sand the surface and apply a new finishing coat to it.


Potential Disadvantages

Although bamboo flooring is water resistant, spills will need to be wiped up immediately to prevent the flooring from warping or becoming moldy over time. If this flooring is installed in climates that are humid, it can cause the planks to swell and then shrink again when humidity levels drop. Over time, this will cause the bamboo flooring to crack and warp.

While bamboo flooring is relatively easy to care for, it will be impossible to prevent it from getting scratched over time, especially if you have pets, wear high heeled shoes or move furniture around regularly. If this flooring is not swept or vacuumed regularly, dirt particles will also cause the surface to scratch and become dull over time.

When shopping for bamboo flooring, it is important that you not base your choice on the cheapest prices you can find. Although some bamboo flooring can be purchased for as little as $3 per square foot, the lower end products will not always be as durable as those that are a little more expensive. As a result, it is essential that you base your choice of bamboo flooring on existing customer reviews and the warranty that is offered at the time of purchase.

Carpet

Carpet flooring has been used in private homes and business properties for several decades already because it is comfortable underfoot and available in several different designs, color and texture options. As with tiles, vinyl and laminate flooring, carpet flooring also had several benefits and a few disadvantages, some of which will be mentioned below.

Carpeting Benefits

A distinct advantage that carpet flooring has over any other type of floor covering is the fact that it is warm and comfortable underfoot. This enables children and pets to play on the floor without feeling cold or uncomfortable.

Because carpeting is soft underfoot, it is able to help soften a significant amount of slips and falls, which is especially beneficial if you have young children or elderly family members living in the house.

Another benefit property owners enjoy when installing carpeting is that it goes a long way in helping to dampen noise. This can be helpful if you have anyone living in your home that struggles to sleep if there is a lot of excess noise.

Although older carpets were not always available in many color options, today’s products can be purchased in a number of different colors, sizes, styles, and patterns. This means that there will be suitable options for virtually every home or business premise that needs to have carpets installed.

Drawbacks

Unfortunately, one of the main drawbacks of carpeting is that it requires a lot of maintenance to keep it looking good. In most cases, it must be vacuumed at least once a week and it will also require professional cleaning at least once a year – or more often if you have indoor pets. Spills will also need to be attended to immediately to prevent them from staining the fibers.

Carpets are also highly unsuitable for use in homes where anyone suffers from allergies because they are extremely susceptible to mold, pet dander, and dust mites, even if maintained regularly.

With the rise in popularity of laminate, vinyl and hardwood flooring, homes that have carpet installed may struggle to sell as well.

If you decide to choose to carpet for your home or business, it is crucial to spend as much as you can afford. While there may be numerous cheap carpeting options out there, these will either fade or stretch over time, meaning that they will need to be replaced within a year or two after being installed.

Laminate

One of the most popular types of flooring that is in use today in several homes and business properties is laminate flooring. These days, laminate flooring is available in a wide range of color and style options as well. As with any other type of flooring, there are advantages and disadvantages to using this type of flooring, some of which will be listed here.

Advantages

Unlike with carpeting or tiles, laminate flooring has the advantage of being able to be installed within a few hours to a day or so at the most – depending on the size of the area it is being installed in. While older types of flooring had to be glued to each other in order to be laid, newer laminate flooring either clicks or folds together instead, making the installation process even easier than before.

Another distinct advantage of laminate flooring is that it is extremely easy to clean and care for. In most cases, this flooring can be swept or vacuumed, and in instances where it has become grimy or sticky, it can be damp mopped. No form of waxing or polishing is ever necessary on these floors.

Unlike solid wood flooring that can dent, most types of laminate floors are quite impervious to scratching, denting and most types of damage. This makes them ideal for busy households or those where pets live indoors.

Disadvantages

As with any other type of flooring, laminate also had a few disadvantages that need to be considered. Although these boards are supposed to click into place, they can become chipped if the process is not performed correctly.

Although laminate flooring is able to handle being damp mopped, it is crucial that any spills or pet accidents be wiped up and attended to immediately. Failure to do so will cause moisture to get between the planks, which will result in them warping and swelling. This also means that they should not be installed in bathrooms, kitchens or any other areas that experience high levels of humidity.

Laminate flooring also cannot be sanded and refinished if it becomes dull or scratched – it will need to be replaced if it becomes damaged.

When shopping for laminate floor planks, it is essential to not simply choose the cheapest type you can find. Instead, rather be willing to spend a little extra so that you can obtain flooring of a decent quality that will last for a good few years after being installed.

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Vinyl

Vinyl flooring has become highly popular, especially in areas where a lot of moisture will be present such as kitchens and bathrooms. This type of flooring is available in sheets that are usually either six or twelve feet wide. Below are a few of the benefits and drawbacks that are associated with using this type of flooring.

Benefits

One of the main benefits associated with installing vinyl flooring is that it is highly water resistant, especially when it has been laid correctly – that is, with little to no spacing between joins.

Vinyl flooring is also extremely easy to clean and maintain as well in that it only requires damp mopping to keep it looking attractive. In cases where it has become excessively grimy, a mild cleaning product may be used.

Another benefit of vinyl is the fact that it is one of the most durable types of flooring available. It is also available in an extensive range of color and style options, meaning that there are sure to be at least a few varieties that every property owner will be able to use.

Disadvantages of Vinyl Flooring

Although vinyl flooring is highly durable, it will not be able to withstand extremely heavy loads or having sharp objects dropped directly on to it. If this occurs, the vinyl could tear or become damaged.

If vinyl flooring is exposed to too much direct sunlight, it will also fade over time. As a result, it is not recommended that this flooring is used in areas that are directly in the sun or outdoors.

In cases where there is an existing layer of vinyl flooring that has been laid, it will have to be removed before a new layer can be installed. Failure to do so will cause the new vinyl to lift and not lay down correctly.

When laying new vinyl flooring, it is also crucial to ensure that the surface it is being laid on is completely smooth. Failure to do so will result in lumps being present under the vinyl, which will damage it over time.

While shopping for vinyl flooring, it is recommended that you be willing to spend a decent amount of money. This will ensure that you obtain a high-quality product that will last for five to ten years on average. It is also essential to follow all care and cleaning instructions carefully.

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