Here at Georgia Carpet, we believe in providing the best flooring available. At the top of our priorities is durability. We want to make sure you have all the information you need to make the right decision for your space. We have compiled a list of the top five durable flooring types and what qualities gave them our stamp of approval.
At the top of the list, we have ranked engineered hardwood flooring as one of the best. It has all the beauty and character seen in solid hardwood but with added protection. Hardwood is known to buckle with damp areas, whereas engineered hardwood can withstand it. Maintenance is easy and if there are any scratches or dents, this flooring gives you the option to have them buffed out. Engineered hardwood has a slightly less long lifespan than solid, but it still remains at the top.
A close second to engineered hardwood is solid hardwood flooring. It has the same look and hardness quality of engineered but without the added moisture protection. The reason it is still top on our list is because of its reputation for longevity. With proper maintenance and care, hardwood can last for decades. It has a timeless look that will add value to your home or office. Depending on your needs, hardwood has the option of varying hardnesses which makes it extremely versatile. For the hardest wood quality, woods like redwood and walnut are your best choice. Despite its sensitivity to moisture, hardwood is easy to clean and has the ability to be refinished if you scratch it up.
Not far behind the natural options in flooring comes luxury vinyl. What makes this such a durable option is its water resistance. The synthetic core makes it highly durable against spills and moisture. If you are searching for a wood-look but are worried about areas like kitchens or bathrooms, this is the perfect option for you. With its wide variety of styles, vinyl is not only durable but also versatile.
Laminate is very similar to vinyl flooring, the main difference is the core. It still has the same durability as luxury vinyl with a slightly lower water resistance due to its wood byproduct/resin core. The main advantage is that it looks more natural than vinyl as far as wood visuals go. This flooring type is still a great choice for active homes and it is lower maintenance than the hardwood or engineered options.
The only reason carpet lands itself at the bottom of our list is because of its difficult cleanability. Carpets that are made of wool and natural fibers rank at the top of durability but are not as easy to clean spills from like hardwood and the latter options. If you are looking to place it in comfortable areas with little to no chance of spills or extensive water splashes, then carpet is the way to go. It is soft, cozy, and comes in a wide range of patterns, colors, and styles.
Hopefully, this brief list helped guide your final decision for flooring. When it comes to durability, Georgia Carpet Industries aims to deliver the best. We are here to answer any questions you may have and get your purchase order started! Come visit us in-store or request a quote online at georgiacarpet.com