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The Pros and Cons of Flooring Materials

Posted By Avalon Construction & Design on May 19th, 2011 in category.



  • Beautiful, warm, soft on the feet, many wood types and hues to choose from, can be painted or stained for more color options, helps tie kitchen to other rooms in an open floor plan.
  • Hardwood floors are durable and have stood the test of time. Homes that are more than 100 years old can still have the original flooring if they have been cared for properly.
  • Buyers are willing to pay top price for homes with hardwood floors. In addition, homes with hardwood floors tend to sell faster than homes with wall-to-wall carpeting.
  • Hardwood flooring works with all styles of decorating, from traditional to modern. It is available in several types of woods, such as oak, cherry and walnut, and can be sanded and stained to suit the home owner’s taste. Could be painted or stained for more colour options.


  • Susceptible to water damage, darkens with age, expensive to very expensive, softer woods can dent easily, harder to keep clean than vinyl or laminate – water and spills need to be cleaned immediately. Dust everywhere with refinishing or new installation of unsealed wood.
  • In addition to installation, scuffed and scratched floors will need to be refinished. The softer the wood, the easier it will scratch and blemish. Hardwood floors in high traffic areas, especially when there are pets or children, will be prone to showing damage
  • Refinishing also creates dust from sanding and fumes from the polyurethane coating.
  • Hardwood flooring can be noisy when walking across it, and can be a nuisance to your downstairs neighbors if you live in an apartment complex. Placing an area rug over the floor can help muffle the sound and provides added warmth to the room.

Stone – Granite, Marble, Limestone, Slate


  • Beautiful and durable, with many color and pattern choices. Nearly indestructible. Tumbled or honed finishes give good traction. Granite is the strongest.
  • Stone is suitable for use throughout the home ideally in heavy traffic areas, most typically: halls, kitchens, sitting rooms (where they look great adorned with colourful rugs), bathrooms and conservatories.
  • You can use the same stone throughout to extend your living space and create a natural flow into your garden ‘bringing the indoors, outdoors and the outdoors, indoors’.
  • Bathrooms – Choose Marble and Travertine for their sleek, clean lines and Mosaics are perfect for use as insets or on their own and lend themselves particularly to areas where dampness and humidity will require a slip resistant surface.
  • Kitchens – Choice is varied, Limestone is not only beautiful to look at but it is also durable, practical and highly versatile. Stone is perfect for kitchens especially with people and animals tracking the great outdoors through the house and although a very traditional form of flooring it is now extremely fashionable and features in most large kitchens which are also used as a main living area.
  • Stone is just a fantastic choice for flooring for so many reasons, from its great good looks to its versatility and of course its longevity.


  • Cold and hard on the feet. Very expensive. Slate is more affordable, but can be rough and can peel. Glossy finishes are slippery when wet and must be polished regularly. Tumbled or honed stone must be sealed regularly. Stone is heavy and may need a stronger subfloor. Marble will be damaged by chlorine and can absorb dirt. Limestone and Slate collect dirt.

Tile – Ceramic, Porcelain, Quarry, Terra Cotta


  • Huge selection of mixable colors, shapes, sizes and patterns. Durable if well made. Glazed tiles are moisture and stain-resistant. Most are easy to maintain. Mosaic tile can be laid on uneven surfaces. Can be very affordable.


  • Cold and hard on the feet, especially in cold weather. Less comfortable when standing for longer periods. Can be very expensive depending upon what you choose. Can crack or chip and is difficult to repair. Glossy finishes are slippery especially when wet. Grout can discolor and is hard to maintain. No sound-dampening qualities, the addition of rugs may help.

Laminate – Imitation Wood, Tile or Stone


  • Very Durable Surface. Unlike wood, which can dent, laminate flooring is almost impervious to dents and scratches. Wide range of colours and designs, can be installed over old flooring, can be affordable, quiet when used with underlayment, good choice for damp areas and below grade, easy installation, has color/grain uniformity, many click together styles require no glue. Unlike real hardwood, which comes with many imperfect pieces that need to be thrown out or re-engineered, there are no defects in laminate flooring. Easy to Clean. Laminate flooring’s tough surface resists stains. And if you do get a stain, it’s easy to clean off.


  • If damaged, cannot be refinished like solid hardwood. Some can be expensive – as much as wood. Hard Under Foot. Traditionally, laminate flooring has been very slippery. More currently, though, manufacturers have been developing slip-resistent wear layers.

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By Avalon Construction & Design: May 19th, 2011 in category.