An introduction to hardwood, laminate, and cork flooring

An introduction to hardwood, laminate, and cork flooring

Choosing new flooring can be extremely overwhelming. With so many different options in terms of type, style, and pattern, many people find themselves swamped. The best way to tackle such a large decision is to break it down into smaller, more conquerable decisions, the first of which is the type of flooring. Only once that selection has been made can you narrow it down to a specific style and colour. At Allan Rug we believe in helping our customers make educated selections before purchasing so we’ve compiled a simple guide to three of the more popular kinds of flooring.

Hardwood floors

The hardwood floors are a timeless classic because of the elegant look that they add to any room in the house. They age extremely well and are one of the more long-lasting floor materials. They don’t attract dust or allergens, which makes them great for anybody with allergies. One thing that should be noted about hardwood is that it does require periodic polishing to keep its glossy, shiny finish. It is also vulnerable to water damage because it is not water proof. In the case of a flood or leak it will be damaged, however if you are not susceptible to such accidents then it will be fine. Scratching can also occur with hardwood but overall it makes for a sturdy, classy, and practical floor. 

Cork floors

Unlike the hardness of wood, cork floors have a more cushioning presence in the home and provide great joint support. This support is ideal for any older home owners who have any mobility problems and even for family homes where children often fall down. Cork floors are also eco-friendly in a number of different ways. Firstly, they provide natural insulation, minimizing the heat that escapes from the home during colder months. You will have to rely less on artificial heating, saving you money and shrinking your carbon footprint. Additionally, cork is a renewable resource and harvesting it doesn’t require cutting down trees. Rather, the cork is removed from inside of the tree, which regenerates to create even more of the substance. Like hardwood, cork can be damaged by water and become warped or discoloured. It also scratches fairly easily so it isn’t good for houses with pets that have long nails. 

Laminate Floors

Laminate flooring is useful because it mimics the appearance of hardwood quite well and is cheaper and more easily installed. It is also extremely readily cleaned since you can do so by sweeping or vacuuming. The downside to this waterproof material is that once it is damaged it cannot be refinished and the ruined portions must be completely replaced. The top layer of the tile can degrade and doesn’t have the same natural feel and sound as other materials. The floor should be properly cushioned in order to avoid a noticeably hollow or artificial sound. 

At Allan Rug, our experienced staff can walk you through the pros and cons of each of these flooring materials to help you choose what is best for you and your home. Contact us today to find out more about our product offerings and how we can help ensure that your home improvements are a total success.