Flooring may be the most abused part of any home—from moving furniture to just normal everyday wear, your floors endure a lot of use. That’s why scratch-resistant flooring is something homeowners should always consider when updating and renovating the floors in your home.
Flooring is not a small decision for your home, as you’re likely to have it for several years. Make sure you consider all the factors, from durability to appearance.
- How heavily trafficked is the area of your home where the flooring will be going?
- How easy to clean is the flooring?
- What other elements are in the room that you might want to consider?
Kids and pets are also important facts in deciding which type of flooring to use, as kids aren’t very careful and pets’ claws can leave marks on your floor.
Types of scratch-resistant flooring
Knowing how you live in a space is crucial to deciding which type of scratch-resistant flooring you want to use. Each type varies in terms of its durability, maintenance, and appearance. Keep your requirements in mind as you consider the following types of scratch-resistant flooring.
Need something that is primarily easy to clean and durable? Tile is a great option for lending your room a customized appearance and for areas that will need to be cleaned regularly, like the bathroom and kitchen. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are very durable against scratches, and there are several options to choose from.
Tile is not a very popular option to use throughout the home, and is mainly found in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and utility rooms. While most tiles are durable, they can break or crack if something heavy is dropped.
Vinyl is a truly multi-purpose, scratch-resistant flooring option. The material is known for being scratch- and moisture-resistant, and it can also absorb sound, which can be particularly helpful if you’re living in an apartment or in a multi-story home. The top layer is ideal for protecting your floors and keeping everything scratch-free.
However, many home buyers do not consider vinyl a valuable feature of a home. If you’re considering home value in your flooring renovation, vinyl might not be the best choice.
Are you looking for that hard-wood aesthetic without that hard-word price tag? Enter: laminate flooring.
Laminate is designed to look like hardwood and is engineered to be scratch-resistant. There are several different grades of laminate that describe its durability, so make sure you evaluate how much traffic and use the space will get before deciding which type of laminate flooring to install. There’s also an option to add a no-slip layer, which can be helpful if you’re worried about kids or pets.
Hardwood or engineered wood
Hardwood and engineered wood are some of the most popular flooring options for their durability and appearance. However, due to the nature of wood, scratches can and will happen with wood flooring. Wood can be sanded down and refinished if the scratches get out of control, and you can also seal and treat it to try to prevent scratches as best as possible.
With engineered wood, rugs are a great solution to protect your floor.
Carpet, of course, can offer a durable and scratch-free option for floors, particularly for heavily used areas like living rooms or bedrooms.
Carpet requires a lot of maintenance, however, and if you have pets, you might have to worry about hair and fur build-up. Carpet is also likely to get stained and faded over the years, so if you’re considering carpet, make sure you’ve evaluated the best types of carpet that suit the room.
Find the best scratch-resistant flooring for your home
From vinyl to tile, there are so many types of scratch-resistant flooring. Now that you’ve weighed all the options, you’re finally ready to decide which type of flooring is right for you.
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