Choosing the right flooring for your home can be quite a challenge, as the most desirable flooring, hardwood timber, is known as much for its beauty and natural feel as it is for its high cost. Were it the same price as everything else on the market, it would probably be the most popular floor in the country. The reality is that most people are operating on a limited budget, so a mahogany or cherry timber floor is realistically not an option. This leaves many looking to try to find the nicest looking, and most durable flooring available, within a finite budget, though the financial side of it may not be quite as limiting as some might think.
At the bargain basement level of flooring, the first option potential buyers are going to find is the laminate floor. Laminate is an MDF or HDF board, which has essentially a photo finish of timber on its surface. It is scratch and water resistant, very durable, relatively simple to install, using a click system to interlock the boards, and soft enough that it can be cut to size with a saw or good utility knife. Possibly its biggest downside is that it is not seen as a good selling point when it comes time to move house, though this is a reputation that is diminishing as laminate has been getting better and better. Vinyl flooring is the next option moving up the price ladder, which is 100% synthetic, available in sheets and tiles, generally with a fibreglass base layer, coated in PVC vinyl and a plasticiser. It is comfortable under foot, durable and again fairly simple to lay down.
Hybrid flooring provides the best parts of vinyl and laminate flooring, though it is a superior product to either. It is very attractive, and resistant to scratches, stains, dents and water, so is pretty much maintenance free. A further step up leads to the engineered floor, which has a genuine timber veneer on its surface, providing the same finish as genuine timber floor, which because of its cross layered main section, is almost completely impervious to standing water. Visiting the Timber Flooring Clearance Centre will allow you to check out the quality of the finishes available and compare prices.
Top End Flooring
At the top end of the spectrum we find the genuine hardwood floors, which have a wonderfully natural look, giving a warmth that makes a house into a home. A timber floor is a floor for pretty much the life of the property, as it is well capable of lasting more than 100 years. It is natural, has health benefits, it is simple to clean, needing just a quick antistatic mop to collect dust and grit, and a wet mop once a month or so, to thoroughly clean the surface. If after many years, the surface becomes a little scratched, it can be sanded down and resurfaced, once again providing its original sheen and beauty.
It is a good investment, as you will not need to replace it in your lifetime, and will add to the resale value of your property. Before settling for less, it is worth shopping around, as some good bargains on timber flooring are to be found, which can make it even more attractive.