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What is the most durable type of flooring?

Looking for durable types of flooring that can withstand pets, shoes, kids, moving furniture? Indeed, there are plenty of durable flooring options available. Here are four of the most durable flooring options you can get for your home and what rooms in your home they're perfect for.

Hardwood

durable flooring Anderson Tuftex Hardwood

Anderson Tuftex - Picasso Hickory in Crema

The best hardwood flooring is constructed with wood species that are readily available and very hard. Hickory, maple, oak and walnut are all excellent choices. Some other species include ash, mahogany, ebony and cherry. These hardwoods wear well and are more resistant to minor damage than other options. They apply a stain to enhance its color and preserve the wood for years to come.

  • creates a warm and inviting ambiance
  • little maintenance 
  • many wood species, styles and colors available
  • increases the resale value of your home
  • can refinish to look like new
  • can last 70 to 100 years

Install in living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms.

Laminate

Shaw Floors Laminate

Shaw Floors - Landmark in Lumberjack Hckry

Laminate flooring is constructed from composite wood compressed together at high temperatures. Then they place a photograph of hardwood over the composite wood, covering it to produce the laminate. Laminate resembles solid hardwood or stone but is more affordable.

  • more inexpensive than hardwood
  • ease of installation
  • highly durable
  • variation of colors and styles, like natural wood
  • great for high-traffic areas
  • can last 15 to 25 years

Install in bedrooms, hallways and kitchens.

Luxury Vinyl Tile and Vinyl Plank

Karndean Designflooring Luxury Vinyl

Karndean Designflooring - Opus in Casablanca

Luxury vinyl comes in tile or plank sizes that mimic types of natural flooring. LVT is composed primarily of PVC, melted down and combined with other elements to make it durable and resilient. Furthermore, it is structured in layers - a PVC backing layer, a high-definition photographic layer, a transparent PVC wear layer and a top polyurethane shielding coating.

  • waterproof
  • generally affordable
  • versatile
  • great for high-traffic areas
  • easy to maintain
  • can last 10 to 20 years

Install in laundry rooms, basements, kitchens, playrooms and mudrooms.

Porcelain Tile

durable flooring Daltile Porcelain Tile

Daltile - Haut Monde in Empire Black

Porcelain tile is manufactured from very dense clay, sand and feldspar. They fire it at very high temperatures between 2,200 and 2,600 °F making porcelain more impermeable to water than other tile materials. Porcelain tile has a highly uniform construction and is non-porous.

  • comes in an assortment of shapes, colors and designs
  • durable & waterproof
  • also great with radiant heating
  • eco friendly
  • suitable for homes with kids and pets
  • can last 60+ years

Install in bathrooms, laundry rooms, entryways, outdoor areas and kitchens.

In conclusion, stop in and see firsthand all these durable flooring options that are available for installation in your home. Our showrooms are located in Mokena, IL, and Highland, IN.

Cody Bouquet

Cody Bouquet, Flooring Consultant

Cody is not only a flooring consultant; he is a qualified vinyl tile installer. Cody holds a certification for luxury vinyl flooring installation from Karndean Design Flooring. Being the youngest within the Bouquet family flooring business, he is no stranger to ANY type of flooring! Passionate about all that is flooring and its possibilities, Cody provides residential and commercial consulting services at our Mokena, Illinois showroom. When not in the showroom, you will find Cody on his Harley cruising down LaGrange Road. Stop in for a consultation with Cody and experience the massive “Bouquet” flooring expertise firsthand!

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