Here’s a quick quiz: If you were looking at new homes, which primary floor flooring type would be most likely to support your decision to buy? In other words, which would you consider among the best floors to have in a new home?
- Natural hardwood
- Vinyl composite tile or planks
- Porcelain or ceramic tile
Why are we asking this question? Because these three flooring types are what Americans consider some of the most popular flooring today.
We believe they are also likely to be favorite amenities for prospective home buyers. Because of this, having one or more of them stands to increase your home value.
Are you hoping to put your current home on the market in the next few years? You might want to consider which you want to install—if you don’t have it in your home already, that is.
Hardwood floors are what you would call “evergreens” in the flooring business. Some wood floors even started as evergreen trees. For centuries, hardwood floors have held a place in the hearts of homeowners far and wide.
It’s not only their natural beauty but also the fact that they can be sanded and refinished time and again to keep them looking like new. Hardwood is also a non-toxic (once the finish has dried) and sustainable material.
Vinyl Composite Tile or Planks
Not long ago, vinyl flooring was “budget flooring.” And it wasn’t hard to tell, since it wore quickly and damaged easily. Plus, early versions of vinyl tile (still found in many homes and commercial buildings contained asbestos.
Today’s vinyl composite (“luxury vinyl”) flooring is altogether different—and highly sought-after. Vinyl composite tiles and planks are attractive, durable, and water-resistant.
In fact, the degree of convenience they offer has persuaded many homeowners to use it through entire levels of their homes, especially basements and main floors. They come in styles to complement virtually any furnishings or decor.
Vinyl composite flooring consists of several layers enclosing a rigid core. This core substance is a mix of plastic (vinyl) with either ground stone or wood fibers. The surface image reproduces the look of the material from which vinyl product derives.
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Porcelain or Ceramic Tile
Another flooring option that is beloved by homeowners is porcelain and ceramic tile—both made from clay. Other porcelain and clay objects are known for breakage. But these tiles are some of the most durable flooring available.
Equally appropriate for moist areas like kitchens and bathrooms, clay-based tile also makes a lovely enhancement to entryways, dens, and other rooms.
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Of course, the best floors for your home are those that suit your taste and needs. Still, there are good reasons why so many homeowners love the three discussed here. They make being in your home enjoyable and might even increase its value.
If the flooring discussed here doesn’t appeal to you, though, there are many other flooring options. Almost any new flooring you install is likely to up your home’s resale value, no matter what.
Meanwhile, keep watching our home improvement site for more great advice like this!