Flooring in hallways, living areas and on stairs takes a bashing, with people stampeding over it multiple times a day. With aesthetics, functionality and practicality important considerations, what type of flooring is best for high traffic areas?
Laminate flooring is a budget-friendly and practical option — it comes in a variety of finishes and is incredibly durable with a protective top layer stopping the photographic second layer becoming damaged. However, if it does get damaged, you cannot sand down as with a hardwood floor, meaning that the damaged section of flooring will have to be replaced.
Hardwood and engineered wood flooring are both good options as they can be sanded in the event of any damage, however, bear in mind that engineered flooring can only be sanded a certain number of times before you reach the layer underneath, and that both options may sustain damage more easily than laminate or vinyl. They do feel great underfoot and beat tiles if you want something a little cosier.
Vinyl flooring is hardy; able to fend off dents, scratches and stains. However, it can appear cheap and may not offer the aesthetic you are looking for. On the other end of the scale, porcelain tile flooring is beautiful and can withstand a lot of blows, although crockery and breakable items will probably not survive if dropped, and it may not be the best option for areas in which you spend a lot of time standing up as it can feel cold.
All these flooring types are easy to keep clean – this alone makes them great options for high-traffic areas, although do check the manufacturer’s instructions as to which products to use and which to avoid. Your decision will depend on many factors, including personal preference. If you need any help or want some advice, please give us a call!