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4 Popular Types of Floors: Pros and cons

The floor is a critical aspect of every home. For that reason, homeowners must pay special attention to the material they choose. The choice you make should depend on your aesthetic preferences, but most importantly on durability, maintenance requirements, and location. 

Below, we will discuss in detail . types of floors, along with their pros and cons.

Carpet flooring

Extremely popular in the past, carpeting flooring is a good option for people who want to cut costs during their remodel. Besides the low price, other benefits of carpet flooring are sound insulation and the feeling of softness it provides. You can also opt for eco-friendly carpeting.

However, carpet flooring has one of the worst ROI. It will not increase your home value. On the contrary, it might have a negative effect. In addition, carpet flooring requires frequent maintenance because it is more vulnerable to dirt and allergens. It is also incompatible with radiant heating and hard to install. 

Laminate flooring

Even though it might look like vinyl, laminate flooring is a different type of floor. It consists of an image of woodgrain and a transparent wear layer. When it comes to its benefits, laminate is durable, doesn’t have a complicated installation process, it works well with radiant heating and is affordable. 

However, its disadvantages might outweigh the advantages in certain situations. Just like carpet, laminate is a bad option if you want to increase home value or plan to sell the home in the near future. It cannot be refinished and it doesn’t have a unique design. Because of its content, laminate can also look like fake wood. This will have a large impact on your home’s overall aesthetic appeal. 

Hardwood flooring

The most popular type of flooring, hardwood can provide you with an aesthetical appeal like no other material. It’s 100% natural and so, it has the highest ROI. In addition, it is considered eco-friendly and can be refinished. 

However, even though hardwood is sought-after, it has many disadvantages. First, it is costly. On top of that, it is vulnerable to water and required frequent maintenance. Most types of hardwood are not compatible with radiant heating, and some are not durable to begin with. If you like the look of hardwood, but don’t want to push your budget to its limits, you can always opt for LVP or engineered hardwood.  

Vinyl flooring

Vinyl is a favorite material among the team in SVL Home Improvements. Why do we love it? Because of its variety, low cost, and design flexibility. There are two most common types of vinyl flooring. Each has its pros and cons. 

  • Sheet vinyl is in the form of rolls that are glued onto the surface. It is easy to install and highly water-resistant. However, it’s not compatible with radiant heating, can get easily damaged, and doesn’t have a high ROI. Because of its water-resistance, sheet vinyl is preferred in rooms that are connected to plumbing. 
  • Luxury vinyl planks are in the form of planks that are installed like a large puzzle. They have an easy installation, a higher aesthetical appeal, and are also affordable. In fact, LVP flooring has more pros than cons. They have a realistic look and can sell you the illusion that they are real wood. They are easy to maintain, durable, and come in a variety of styles. On the other hand, if installed on concrete, they can be cold to walk on. Plus, they are not the most eco-friendly option. 


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