There is a wide range of flooring materials in the home-improvement industry, which means you have limitless choices when looking for the design, style, and color that matches the overall interior décor in your home and integrally fits in the architectural design. Besides, upgrading the floor is an excellent means of increasing your property’s market value.

To make the right purchase for your next home improvement project, it would be best first to understand the various flooring options and their pros and cons. Read on!

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Laminate

One of the reasons homeowners prefer laminate options is that it is relatively affordable than other high-end alternatives like hardwood. Laminate manufacturers use plywood or compressed fiber to make their products. They later use a veneer as a sealant to maintain the product’s structural integrity.

Pros

Affordability is the first reason why property owners consider using laminate. Furthermore, the material can be adapted to various flooring designs that match your taste.

Laminate provides a low-maintenance flooring option. The flooring cannot be stained easily and if it does, wiping off the blemish is straight-forward.

Cons

The major downside with laminate flooring is that it cannot be repaired. Once a piece breaks, the only solution for it is to get it replaced.

Hardwood

Hardwood flooring materials are not easy to find because they are expensive. However, if you are adamant about using hardwood flooring on a budget, installing it in the living room only. Instead, you can use laminate and achieve a hardwood-like style.

Pros

Hardwood adds a striking aesthetic appeal to your home and significantly raises your property’s value.

You can stain it to suit your preference.

Cons

The installation process is quite complicated, requiring you to hire a professional.

Hardwood is prone to water damage, stains, and scratches, harming the visual appeal.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring looks similar to hardwood, but it provides a more long-lasting and cost-effective alternative. It is made up of smaller wooden pieces known as woodpiles. These are connected under high pressure using an adhesive.

Pros

It is an excellent flooring material for high moisture- and water-resistance. It is the best choice for people living in humid regions.

Engineered wood is relatively easier to install than hardwood, making it easily manageable approach.

More stable than hardwood.

Cons

With time, the top layer of the flooring material will wear. You can only replace it several times, making its replacement inevitable.

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Ceramic Tiles

Tiles have been a go-to option for homeowners looking to renovate their bathrooms and kitchens because of their high moisture resistance. They come in all rainbow colors and patterns, making it easy to find something that works for you. Ceramic tiles can be made of porcelain, glazed, terracotta, and quarry.

Pros

Tiles come with a versatile appearance that can work for different interior décor. Just like epoxy floors, they are easy to clean and have high water-resistance.

Cons

Some types of tiles require sealing to keep moisture away. Others require special treatment to maintain its tip-top appearance.

It’s also a brittle material, which requires users to tread carefully when walking on it.

These are but a number of flooring materials you can choose from. Your choice of material depends on your preference and budget. It is critical to contact a professional flooring contractor for advice as they are seasoned in flooring projects and can help you purchase high-quality material, at affordable prices, from reliable manufacturers.