Welcome to 2018. Technology and materials continue to advance in many different fields, providing numerous options in construction and home improvement. All the choices can cause confusion and indecision though, due to homeowners not fully understanding the pros and cons of the flooring materials and which may be optimal for their specific application. This month, we will examine some of the more commonly used floor finishes, trying to focus on outlining the benefits and drawbacks and where you should or should not use them.
4 Different Kinds of Flooring and How They Can Be Used
Carpeting for Floors
Benefits: Carpet is fairly inexpensive, costing $1.00 – $4.00 per square foot on average, depending on type and quality. It is comfortable and provides a welcoming, cozy feel to most rooms. It is great for covering up uneven or badly finished floors and can be replaced easily if damaged or stained. The material also acts as a sound dampener, lessening the noise around the house.
Drawbacks: Carpet quickly gets stained, dirty and retains allergens. The oils from your feet collect on the carpet, causing tracking and filthy-looking areas where it sees more traffic. It requires regular cleaning, often needing professional steam cleaning to make the carpet presentable again. Some stains simply cannot be removed, and when carpeting needs to be replaced, you usually need to replace the whole room, since it cannot be patched without looking mismatched.
Good and Bad Uses for Carpeting: Generally, using carpeting in high traffic areas or rooms that will see a lot of food, liquid or contaminants that may stain is a bad idea. Kitchens, dining rooms, garages and basements should not be carpeted. Bedrooms are a good choice to add comfort.
Benefits: Cork is a natural material that is environmentally friendly. It is mold resistant and has an anti static properties that resist microbes and toxins. Cork is harvested from the bark of cork trees, which gives each floor unique textures and insuring no two floors are exactly alike. While not as soft as carpet, cork still provides a soft, springy surface that is enjoyable to walk on.
Drawbacks: Cork can require a lot of maintenance. Heavy items sitting on it can leave permanent indentations, making the floor look strange if you decide to rearrange your furniture. It also stains and water causes it to swell. Though you can apply sealers that help prevent this, the sealers need to be re-applied fairly often to maintain your floors.
Rooms for Cork Flooring: Potentially any room could use cork flooring, but it requires more care and maintenance than some other flooring finishes. Higher traffic areas like kitchens or rooms with a lot of heavy furniture, like living rooms are riskier to do in cork. Bedrooms or a loft are safer rooms to use cork.
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Epoxy Resin Floor Coating
Benefits: Epoxy is a strong and versatile coating that can be used in almost any room. It completely seals the floor, so it can be used in bathrooms, kitchens, or any room that you want to protect against water or food spills. Epoxy flooring is very durable and can be used in high traffic areas as a good way to protect the floors from damage. It also acts as an anti-microbial barrier, so is good for people with allergies. Epoxy floors are easy to clean. You can sweep, vacuum and/or mop the floor. Epoxy resins are very stylish and can be used to create many different designs and looks to match any room.
Drawbacks: Epoxies are hard and do not provide soft or comfortable surfaces to walk on. If used in bedrooms or an area where you want to relax in comfort, an area rug on top of the flooring can provide some added comfort.
Rooms for Epoxy Flooring: Epoxy is great in the kitchen to protect against spills and staining. Coating the garage floor protects the concrete against chemicals, tire marks and damage from tools and storage. Living rooms can be made very stylish with epoxy coatings, while a rug under the couch can add a soft surface for guests to lounge on. Epoxy floors are fine for any room in the house, but are best in high traffic areas and areas where you want to protect against spills or water.
Benefits: Hardwood flooring is very classy and stylish. Most people love the look of hardwood floors, so it raises the resale value of a home. They are also easy to clean.
Drawbacks: Expensive. Hardwood flooring is one of the most expensive flooring options available. At costs from $10 to $18 per square foot, depending on wood type, removal and installation, expect to spend $5,000 to $10,000 or more for a quality hardwood floor. They need to be refinished and re-coated periodically, especially in high traffic areas, to protect and maintain the floors. Unlike cork or carpet, hardwood flooring does not dampen sound and is noisy to walk on.
Rooms for Hardwood Flooring: Kitchens and living rooms make stylish places to show off hardwood floors. If you are willing shell out the money for hardwood, think about putting an area rug under the kitchen table to help protect your floor. Bedrooms aren’t usually a good place for hardwood flooring. It isn’t very cozy and doesn’t feel good on the feet. Consider a rug for the bedroom if you absolutely must have hardwood
Brilliant Epoxy Floors Inc. has over 20 years of experience and has installed millions of square feet of epoxy resin floors for both residential and commercial epoxy applications. Give us a call today at: 480-203-2444 and let us help you get the professional service you deserve on your next commercial or residential flooring project.