The Best Flooring Choices For Each Room In Your House:
The luxury vinyl flooring market has exploded as many homeowners want a better floor to match their demanding lifestyle, especially in Central NH. With our long winters turning into mud season, we are constantly tracking dirt, snow and mud into our homes. Luxury vinyl tiles are an excellent flooring alternative since they can tolerate high foot traffic, scratches, and spills. Far from the original production of sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl is superior in strength and style. Homeowners love LVT as an alternative to hardwood flooring, because it’s essentially waterproof so it’s durable in moisture-prone rooms. They also love it as an alternative to ceramic tile because luxury vinyl tiles feel warmer and softer underfoot. Available in both plank and tiles, LVT mimics an incredibly realistic look of hardwood and stone. With a wide range of patterns, textures and colors, the design possibilities are endless. In addition to the design options, the easy maintenance and stain resistance make luxury vinyl tile a great flooring option for utility areas, kitchens, mudrooms, bathrooms and playrooms. With that said, this flooring option is becoming more and more popular in all rooms of the house, including living rooms and bedrooms. The professional tile installers at Sakin Home can arrange the tiles so they are touching, or space the tiles out like you would with ceramic tile, and then grout in between them. This is a great way to mimic the look of stone or ceramic tile.
Porcelain and Ceramic tile are some of the longest lasting flooring materials available, and they are an ideal choice for kitchens, bathrooms, mudrooms, basements, laundry rooms, and other moisture-prone areas. The countless variety of colors, sizes and patterns offered by tile can be installed to achieve any design aesthetic, from classic to trendy. In addition to Subway tile, current trends include tile that looks like wood, stone and even concrete. They are extremely durable, easy to clean, and resistant to water, stains, fading and daily wear. Their performance saves you money and time while looking flawless. Homeowners, particularly those with allergies, choose porcelain and ceramic tile because they do not harbor dust mites, pollen, bacteria, fungi, mold, or other irritants like some other flooring types. Instead, these allergens can be wiped away. Additionally, tile is inorganic and naturally resists the growth of bacteria. Some even have antimicrobial properties, which can suppress harmful microorganisms, such as mold, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. With all of these low-maintenance benefits, it’s no wonder that porcelain and ceramic tile has one of the lowest life cycle costs of any flooring.
Congoleum Duraceramic is one of the leading manufacturers of Luxury Vinyl Tile with a limestone base. It’s photographic technology allows vinyl to mimic the appearance of real tile, stone or even hardwood. Harmonizing with your decor, the appearance of slate, marble, porcelain and stone offer limitless decorating options. Because DuraCeramic has a luxury vinyl construction, it is relatively flexible compared to tile and stone, so it’s softer and warmer underfoot than ceramic and other natural stones. Performance wise, this is where Congoleum Duraceramic tile really sets itself apart from ceramic tile and stone. Duraceramic is a composite material made from limestone, so it resists chipping and cracking. It’s not bulletproof, but you are much less likely to damage it if you drop something heavy, and it’s extremely durable and easy to maintain. It features a Scotchgard Protector that repels liquid and dirt, so spills and stains will never be an issue. No additional stain treatment is necessary. Also, DuraCeramic has special silver particles that provide antibacterial protection. Moreover, a typical Congoleum DuraCeramic installation can be completed in half the time it takes to complete a comparable ceramic tile installation! There’s no need to pull up the existing level hard surface floor, so the process is much less messy and there is no waiting time for the floor to cure. Given all of the above, it’s easy to see why homeowners are choosing Congoleum Duraceramic.
Hardwood flooring is a traditional favorite because of its classic aesthetic, durability and warm, natural feel. It’s long lasting, hypoallergenic and one of the most sought-after amenities. As such, it adds a considerable amount of value to your home. It does require some care, as it can incur scrapes, scratches and dents. You would want to use a specialty hardwood floor cleaner once a month and apply a fresh coat of finish every three to five years to keep them looking great. There are also sealants and finishes that can extend the life of a wood floor. Hardwood is also easily repaired by sanding and refinishing imperfections that arise over time. If you are concerned about installing hardwood in the kitchen because of moisture, the long-lasting sealers and durable stains available today make hardwood moisture-resistant enough for everyday use. If you have real concerns about frequent moisture and spills, you can choose to install waterproof hardwoods.
Laminate flooring is a popular flooring choice…it’s durable, easy to clean and a cost-effective alternative to hardwood. Think of it this way: laminate is to hardwood as luxury vinyl is to tile. Laminate flooring is made of different wood-based materials that are layered, then topped with a wood grain imprinted design. It is scratch resistant, more comfortable to walk on than tile and available in a large selection of faux wood and tile choices. The average lifespan for laminate is 15-25 years, which can vary depending on the quality of the flooring, the installation and how heavily the area is trafficked. While it is water resistant, it’s not waterproof. Therefore, it’s very important to hire an experienced flooring contractor who knows to install the seams so tight, they are practically impenetrable to water. If any of the flooring gets damaged or wears out, it cannot be refinished. We recommend purchasing extra pieces in case you ever need it.