For high traffic areas of the home it is important to choose a tough, durable flooring that can endure the wear and tear of many feet and continue to look good throughout its lifetime. It can be a huge hassle to install new flooring in a common hallway  or kitchen, only to have to tear it up and have to replace it just a few years. There are a some flooring options we at SODO Home Design Center recommend for the high-traffic areas of your home. SODO Home Design Center provides flooring Orlando residents love. Call us today for your flooring needs!


Flooring to Endure Wear and Tear


When it comes to durability, ceramic tile has stood tall for over 5,000 years. The hardness is how tile is classed, and assists consumers in figuring out which type of tile should be used where. The Porcelain Enamel Institute standards rate tile on a 1-5 scale, with 5 being the most durable and hardest. For high-traffic areas of your home, you will want to pick tiles that are at least a 4 or 5 on the PEI chart. These hard tiles can last many decades, and if you’re looking for a more wood style while wanting the durability of tile, there is a great range of wood look tile available. Concrete is another highly durable option. Today’s concrete flooring styles have outgrown simple sidewalks or parking lots to include acid-stained, stamped, etched, and tinted concrete as well as concrete floors that carry embedded stones, tiles, and  more. An example of this is concrete flooring that exactly resembles natural stone flooring like granite thanks to an acid-staining process. You can even use tint and stamp to create a concrete floor that simulates flagstone pavers.


High Traffic Flooring Options


Of course, there’s no need to make concrete flooring look like natural stone if you have the budget to install the real deal. SODO Home Design Center, who provides flooring Orlando residents rely on, love the natural stone look. While the cost of natural stone flooring as well as the installation fees are higher, the natural look brings a unique quality to your home. However, make sure to pick harder stones like granite and limestone for higher-traffic areas. Laminate flooring, like concrete, can be manipulated to look like a variety of materials. If you’re looking to use laminate for high-traffic areas in the your home, try to find a product that contains a thick wear layer of melamine resin. While options for laminate go between 6-15 mm, on floors that see a lot of feet, 12mm or 15mm laminate flooring tends to do better. Hardwood flooring can also be a viable option for high-traffic areas, but you will need to pick a wood that is hard enough for plenty of wear and tear, and is finished with a finish that can withstand a lot of use.


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Picking the right flooring for the job is important when looking through flooring options. When picking the right flooring for areas of your home that see a lot of traffic, you need to take into account the type and hardness of the material you want to use. SODO Home Design Center provides flooring Orlando residents trust. Call us today for your flooring needs!