As a homeowner, you know that flooring is an investment. For that reason, you want to install something that will stand the test of time in your home. This is especially true if you have a busy household with kids and pets running around. Whether you’re preparing a property for rental or looking to make an upgrade in your own home, these are some of the most durable flooring options on the market.

Bamboo. Bamboo is one of the most durable flooring options available. It has become incredibly popular recently because more homeowners are searching for eco-friendly options. High quality bamboo floors are produced with 7-8 coats of an aluminum oxide finish, which makes them more durable, but also more expensive. More affordable options are available and only contain 3-4 coats of protection, but they don’t last as long as the higher quality options. Bamboo comes in a variety of colors, making it easy to incorporate bamboo floors into any room in your home.

Cork. This is another green option the eco-friendly homeowners love. Cork is a unique flooring option because it creates a quieter, warmer floor surface. The springy qualities allow it to rebound from accidental drops, pet claws, high heels, and lots of foot traffic. In addition, the waxy substance found in cork, suberin, gives this flooring option better protection from moisture, making it a great choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and dining rooms. If treated properly, cork flooring can last a long time. Cork flooring requires an annual sealing to prevent damage, but the upkeep is fairly simple. It’s easy to clean – all you need is a broom or vacuum to remove dirt and debris.

Laminate. Perhaps the most affordable and the most durable, laminate floors are an excellent alternative to other more expensive flooring options. They’re ideal for households with a lot of foot traffic, mostly thanks to the transparent top layer of resin, which helps prevent damage from bumps, scrapes, and even spills. In addition, that protective coating helps stop damage from moisture and the sun, too. Many manufacturers offer a 25-year guarantee on laminate flooring. While laminate is a more budget-friendly flooring option, note that anything costing less than $2 per square foot won’t last as long as the $3-$5 per square foot option.

Hardwood. Solid hardwood floors are another extremely durable flooring option. When debating the type of hardwood that’s right for you, you should consider the hardness of the wood and the finish placed on the wood. The hardest woods in the world include:  Australian Buloke, Snakewood, Brazilian Olivewood, and Brazilian Ebony. Tough finishes are what allow the hardwood floors to maintain their durability over time because they take the brunt of wear and tear. Over time, you should re-finish your hardwood so that it maintains its strength and luster. Unlike other more durable options, hardwood requires a bit more care. Pet nails and high heels can wreak havoc on hardwood floors. To avoid as much damage as possible, ensure that the floors are re-sealed annually and use area rugs in high traffic areas to help minimize day-to-day damage.

Still wondering which flooring option is best for your home? Contact Floor Coverings International today to learn more.