With the sky being the limit, choosing the perfect flooring can be a nerve-wracking experience. You don’t want to choose the wrong one and throw off the vision that you had for your living room and the ambiance that you were trying to create. We’ve compiled a list of top living room flooring options to consider for your living room floor.
The most popular type of living room flooring is hardwood. Hardwood floors are classic and a favourite among homeowners. They are a great way to upgrade your floors and give your home a timeless and luxurious look. Solid wood comes in strips (1.25-2.5 inches wide) or planks (4-8 inches wide) and comes in a wide range of options from oak to exotic woods, such as lemon wood, which can be finished or unfinished. Hardwood is a great option because it looks fantastic in any style and complements any decor in addition to being long lasting.
Maintenance: Because they are prone to scratches and dents, hardwood floors should be refined at least once every 10 years to maintain their appearance.
Laminate flooring is available in planks or tiles. The advantage of laminate flooring is that it can imitate the look of wood for half the cost and requires much less maintenance. This is because it’s created like engineered wood with veneer or compressed fibre over it.
One of the benefits of vinyl flooring is that it is completely water-resistant, meaning it can be installed in various areas in your home, such as the kitchen, bathroom and basement, that have high exposure to moisture. In addition, vinyl floors are sturdy and durable; they work well in high traffic areas such as the living room, without being at risk of being damaged.
Maintenance: Maintenance for vinyl floors is relatively easy; a simple mop and sweep gets the job done.
Cork flooring can be a great eco-friendly option when choosing your living room flooring as harvesting it does not damage trees, and not much of it goes to waste. If you have anyone in your home that has sensitive allergies, cork is a great selection as it is naturally resistant to mold and mildew. Cork has a long lifespan as it can always be re-sanded and stained. If you’re not satisfied with the initial install of your floors, it’s easily transformable, giving you peace of mind and assurance that you won’t have to live with floors you don’t love. In addition, cork is a great option as it is naturally resistant to sinks left by foot traffic.
Maintenance: Cork flooring is very easy to maintain. Once it has been sealed, a quick vacuum or sweep will take care of any dirt or dust that you may have.