The heavy traffic areas in your home demand that you install a durable, solid, and tough flooring that can withstand the wear and tear of these high traffic areas and continue to look good for a few years. After all, who want new flooring installed in the kitchen or hallway just to replace it after a few years? In this article, you will be able to learn what flooring types you should install in the areas that you most commonly use. Let’s take a look:
There is a wide range of reasons why ceramic tiles have been used for more than 5.000 years and one of them is durability. Tiles are categorized by their hardness. This allows consumers to determine where it can be used.
The Porcelain Enamel Institute standards are used to rate and categorize tiles on a 1 to 5 scale with 5 being the most durable and hardest. If you want to place tiles in high-traffic areas of your home, make sure that you choose tiles that are rated between 4 or 5 on the PEI chart. You will get decades of resilient, attractive performance from this type of flooring.
Concrete flooring does not have to look like a parking lot or a sidewalk. Today, this type of flooring includes etched, acid-stained, tinted, and stamped concrete, as well as concrete floors that are embedded with stone, tiles, or other features. For instance, by using an acid-staining process, concrete flooring can be made to resemble natural stone flooring like granite.
Of course, if you are on a tight budget, there is no need to lay concrete flooring that resembles natural stone when you can, instead, install the real thing.
Both the cost of the installation and materials are quite high, but the natural look will be a nice addition to your home. Keep in mind that not all stone floors are durable and resilient. For high-traffic areas of your home, opt for stronger types such as granite, sandstone, or limestone.
According to the experts from Carpet One, laminate flooring uses a photographic image that is applied to a laminated wood base to look like wood, stone, or tile flooring. If you opt for this type of flooring, you should look for a product that has a thick wear layer of melamine resin. These are various options ranging from 6 to 15mm and for high-traffic areas, you should go with 12 or 15mm laminate flooring.
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Keep in mind that, just because wood can dent and scratch, that does not mean that you should rule it out as an option for high-traffic areas of your home. Especially if you are buying pre-finished wood flooring. The finish that is applied to the wood provides more protection and a lot of modern finished are quite solid and hard.
At home, high-traffic areas include main hallways, entryways, foyers, kitchens, and the base and the top of a stairwell. In a commercial setting, they can be numerous. When you want and need flooring that will look good for years and years after the installation, the heaviest tile, concrete, laminate, and hardwood flooring would be your best options.