The Pros and Cons of Various Types of Flooring- Part II

As we all know, flooring is the principle element to choose while designing a new home or office. What you should look for while laying a new floor? Picking right floor for your home isn’t easy. You need to consider few aspects like maintenance, durability, foot traffic and how the particular flooring will make the room look and feel. So, other day we have gone through the first part of The pros and cons of various types of flooring, were we covered carpet, floating wood tile, ceramic tile or porcelain tile, hardwood and engineered wood. Now, we have outlined few more capturing types in flooring with pros and cons.

Eventually, weigh the pros and cons of both Part I and Part II flooring types and decide the hottest stylish floor that suits the interior décor of your home.

Few More Flooring Types-

  • Bamboo
  • Cork
  • Stone
  • Vinyl
  • Rubber

Bamboo FlooringBambooBamboo flooring is an ultra durable natural option, Eco- friendly and highly renewable option for modern houses, which utilizes bamboo reeds installed over sub- flooring.

  • Pros- Easy to install and is hypo- allergenic. It is remarkably durable, as well as simple to install and easy to clean. Natural colouration is a sandy blonde much like beech wood.
  • Cons- The colouration of bamboo is exposed to sunlight and may become paler over time. The adhesive can release volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) over time, which can contribute negatively to the air quality of any room. Bamboo is susceptible to water damage.

cork-floorsCork- It is made from the bark of the cork oak; cork flooring is highly sustainable flooring option that adds an earthly natural look.

  • Pros- Highly sustainable, durable, Eco- friendly and “bounce back” from wear in high- traffic areas. Stain resistant and resistant to mildew.
  • Cons- Usually more expensive than other flooring options. Cork may absorb water if finished improperly. Durability is highly dependent on type of finish used.

Stone FlooringStone- A flooring option that makes use of different types of natural cork is stone material. Limestone, granite, marble and slate are common stones used for flooring.

  • Pros- Appearance typically improves with age, as easily the most durable option for all flooring types. Adds an early aesthetic to any home, and has an ageless appeal.
  • Cons- Comparatively expensive material with extremely labour- intensive installation. Certain stone types absorb stains and dirt and also slippery while wet.

Vinyl FlooringVinyl- Vinyl flooring is a fully synthetic polymer flooring option with pigmentation added for colour. Vinyl is flexible and non- porous.

  • Pros- Extremely inexpensive, durable, and easy to install. Can be glued or nailed over sub- flooring. Easy to clean and highly resistant to water.
  • Cons- Vinyl flooring can emit VOC’s into the air over- time. Sharp objects can easily gouge the flooring due to its softness, which is extremely difficult to repair.

Rubber FlooringRubber- Rubber flooring is a naturally produced material that can be restocked and recycled. Rubber is incredibly top choice for both commercial and residential purposes.

  • Pros- It is highly durable material and easy to install, inexpensive, non- slippery surfaces, non- allergic properties and foot friendly walk.
  • Cons- Emits an unpleasant odor when the rubber is installed for first time. Rubber flooring finishing is little dull comparatively and cannot be a good choice to be laid in bedrooms, hallways and living rooms.

Ultimately, now it’s time to select the best flooring that suits your budget and life style of you and your family.

The Pros and Cons of Various Types of Flooring- Part II was last modified: December 10th, 2014 by Jason Valasek

2 thoughts on “The Pros and Cons of Various Types of Flooring- Part II

  1. Alice

    Great article. Each has its own advantage and disadvantage. Thanks for sharing such a valuable information with us. I was unaware of some of these pros as well as cons of all these types of flooring. Nice share.

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