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The selection of the right type of flooring for your home is often a very difficult decision for homeowners, given the various types of flooring that are available today.

The most popular types of flooring include hard surface floorings being hardwood, laminate and vinyl flooring, and each has benefits and drawbacks.

Hardwood floors are often the first thing that come to mind when you think of classic looks. Hardwood floors offer generally simple maintenance due to the ability to wipe up spills and easily clean stains. They also provide great protection from allergies as they don’t hold pollen, dust, and mites that can be found in carpeting.

Hardwood flooring provides a host of colors that are available, as well as unlimited design patterns. It is also extremely unique, since no piece of hardwood flooring has the same knots and lines in it.

However, traditional hardwood flooring does have several drawbacks, primarily the cost of maintaining natural hardwood floors over time. Like any natural element, hardwood floors will become susceptible to wear and tear and will require sanding and sealing in order to keep the shine and sheen that is associated with the look. These factors can be both time consuming and costly. They also need to be kept cleaned and waxed in order to provide the best protection possible.

Laminate flooring benefits include beautiful surfaces that boast a phenomenal mixture of design and style options with superior durability, simple maintenance and a straightforward installation process. Laminate flooring is engineered to authentically reproduce the look of wood, stone and other natural element floors.

Another noted feature of laminate flooring is the ease of maintenance. Dirt, grime and dust that can get caught in the grooves and grout of traditional flooring is simply wiped away with no additional scrubbing or cleaning tools needed. You’ll be amazed at the simplicity of care that laminate flooring offers.

Unlike hardwood flooring, which can easily be scratched or dented, laminate flooring is nearly impervious to these types of flaws. Even the highest-traffic areas of the busiest home or office are certain to remain shining and scratch free.

Drawbacks to laminate flooring include that since they have one layer, and cannot be refinished, that entire piece of laminate would need to be replaced. Despite the attention to detail in reconstructing natural floorings, if you go with lower-end laminate flooring, the look and feel can be noted as unnatural.

Vinyl flooring has come a long way over the years as most peoples thoughts would be of the cheaper sheet good product. Not anymore now it can take on a look of wood, stone, slate, ceramic etc. It is long wearing is not affected by water, is easy to clean and looks great. It is a favorite flooring type due to the affordability of the product, as well as the ease of installation. It is also relatively simple to maintain, as it is moisture resistant and allows for simple clean-up with the swipe of a cloth or mop. You don’t need any special waxes or cleaners to keep vinyl floors clean.

Disadvantages not that many it is now made with partly recycled material make it an environmental choice also. It still doesn’t have the feel of the real wood or stone tile products but its up keep can of set that for many.

Porch To Pier in Parry Sound carries all varieties of flooring and can assist you with any of your flooring needs throughout Muskoka, Georgian Bay and the Parry Sound region. You can call us at 705-746-8333, or reach us via the web at