Best options for the floors that get the most use
There are certain areas in every house that are prone to high traffic flooring. You know them. The path from the kitchen to the living room carpet. Rec rooms. Hallways. Any room where kids or pets hang out. These areas require resilient flooring solutions. Below are some of the best solutions for high traffic flooring areas.
For high traffic flooring, the best defense is a good offense
When searching for high traffic flooring, you should look for flooring that is:
- Easy to clean
- Stain resistant
- Scratch resistant
- Water resistant
The following flooring options exhibit all of these characteristics in one form or another. All of them have their advantages and disadvantages, and can add beauty to your home in their own different ways.
Hardwood floors are a great solution for high traffic flooring. Hardwood is durable, easy to clean, water-resistant, and difficult to stain. Hardwood is so resilient; basketball is still played on a maple hardwood court. Hardwood floors are beautiful, stain resistant, and can be refinished if needed.
The process used to create bamboo floors makes it even stronger than hardwood floors. Because of its durability, bamboo floors are often used in commercial spaces such as stores for high traffic area flooring. Technically not wood, bamboo is a fast-growing tree-like grass. It is quickly gaining favor as an eco-friendly alternative to hardwood. Bamboo is easy to maintain, stain resistant, pet friendly, and can be refinished as needed.
Carpet may not be your first thought when you think of high-traffic area flooring, but currently there is a type of carpet that specifically is designed to outlast pets and children. The SmartStrand Forever Clean stain resistant carpet from Mohawk has permanent built-in stain and soil protection that will not wash or wear off. The SmartStrand carpet was designed to retain its softness and stain resistance through years of wear and tear.
Laminate flooring is highly durable, not easily scratched, and can mimic the look of any other type of flooring. It is sold and installed in planks. Easy to clean and hard to stain, laminate flooring is excellent for pet areas, kitchen floors, or mudrooms.
Vinyl floors are similar to laminates in their stain resistance, durability, and ease of cleaning, but are much easier to install because they usually come in one large sheet with no seams. Vinyl floors also can mimic the look of other types of floors, but at a much lowered cost.
Tile flooring comes in a variety of materials, including ceramic, porcelain, and stone, and marble. Tile is easy to clean and stain-resistant. Many styles of tile are scratch resistant and highly durable. For tile floors to be used in high traffic flooring, the tile should be rated either 4 or 5 on the Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) standards chart of hardness.
High traffic areas require special flooring solutions. Understanding the specific needs of your home and knowing the pros and cons of the available flooring solutions will allow you to choose the right flooring for your home.
To learn about flooring solutions for your high traffic areas, or to schedule a free in-home estimate, contact a SMART Carpet specialist today!