What’s The Most Durable Flooring You Can Install?

You need durable flooring because you have children or dogs. Floor Contractors based in Kent can give you some great advice for this. Or maybe you just want a floor that will not scratch, gouge, and dent, requiring replacement every five years. Rated from best to worst, these floors are the most durable you can buy.

Bamboo

Summary: This grass, incredibly difficult to remove from your yard, looks surprisingly attractive when turned into flooring. If you have ever tried to hack bamboo out of your yard, you know how tough this grass can be. The secret to bamboo flooring’s sky-high durability ratings lies in three factors: stalk placement, added materials, and quality of bamboo.

Stalks/Construction: Most off-the-shelf bamboo flooring is made by laying the bamboo grass stalks cross-direction. Strand bamboo flooring is often called woven strand bamboo flooring for a good reason: strands of the bamboo stalks are pulled apart and more tightly integrated with the adhesives.

Adhesives: But the thing that truly makes a bamboo floor hard is the adhesive. Bamboo flooring is stuck together by man-made adhesives. More adhesives mean a tougher bamboo floor.

Bamboo Type: Unfortunately, this factor is difficult, if not impossible, to determine when shopping for bamboo floors. Better-quality, later-harvested bamboo is more durable than younger bamboo that is rushed to harvest.

Natural Stone

Summary: If stone weathered well in the mountains for thousands of years, it can weather your kitchen or bathroom. Travertine and other natural stones are neck-and-neck with concrete for durability, though some stones like marble can wear down faster than you might expect.

Resilient Flooring

Summary: Resilient flooring may be a term invented by flooring companies to market their product. But the term describes the product well. Also known as vinyl flooring this classic product is like Tupperware for your floors: 100% moisture resistant and laboratory-engineered to last for a very long time. Sheet vinyl is your best bet if pure resilience is your priority. In small rooms, you can skate by with just one seam or, if the room is small enough, no seams at all. Because seams are one factor that contributes to flooring deterioration, reduction of seams becomes an important point.

Plank resilient and tile resilient run a close second because of the seams.

Ceramic and Porcelain

Summary: Durable in some ways–but categorically not in other ways–tile wins out over other types of flooring because of its appearance.

Tile is durable against scratches and spills; tile lives for those kinds of emergencies. But drop a jar of pickles and it will undoubtedly crack. Balanced with tile’s sheer good looks and the creative “blank slate” that it offers, most homeowners are happy to take the chance of the occasional dropped jar or small appliance.

Also, good installation helps. An improper sub-floor or voids remaining below tiles contribute to cracking. Poorly grouted tile, too, will introduce moisture below the tiles, swelling sub-floor systems and creating a kind of “frost heave” that cracks the tile.