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5 (Incredibly) Low Maintenance Flooring Ideas

installing luxury vinyl plank in a basmentThe term “low maintenance flooring” means something different to everyone. For some, it translates into a floor that is durable and tough. “Low maintenance” means the toughest floors that can take all the heavy foot (and paw) traffic and spills that life can throw at it. For others, low maintenance is synonymous with easy-to-clean; these floors can be quickly and completely cleaned on those rare occasions when they need a mop or scrub. On top of all that, low maintenance flooring has to be attractive—a floor that a homeowner or business owner can be proud of.

Laminate

Laminate flooring is one of the most durable hardwood floors on the market, ideal for the most heavily-trafficked areas. Newer laminate floors are also manufactured to be water-resistant, able to handle messy spills and pet accidents without damage or stains. It’s also easy-to-clean, needing only a regular sweeping or dry mop and an occasional deep clean. These floors bear an extremely close resemblance to wood floors, with a wood look that can fool even the savviest of guests.

Luxury Vinyl

luxury vinyl floors that look like hardwood floorsThis floor has everything a homeowner or business owner should expect from low maintenance flooring: water resistance, durability, and tough enough for high-traffic areas. Luxury vinyl floors are also incredibly easy-to-clean, requiring only a regular sweeping or damp mopping. When it comes to attractiveness, luxury vinyl floors are striking and come in a variety of styles and colors (head into a local flooring store to see luxury vinyl samples). Luxury vinyl floors typically resemble wood or tile floors (so closely it’s hard to tell the difference). Luxury vinyl plank floors can also be installed as do-it-yourself project.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tile has all the properties of a low maintenance floor. Porcelain tile is water- and mildew-resistant, ideal for spaces with high-humidity (i.e. bathrooms, pet grooming facilities, salons, laundry rooms, etc.) This tile is so water-resistant that some products can be installed outdoors on porches and patios. For cleaning, porcelain tile only requires a regular sweeping or damp mopping. Possibly best yet, porcelain tile is a natural conductor of heat and is an ideal flooring to install over radiant heating.

Minimal Grout Lines

low maintenance laminate flooringOne of the best low-maintenance flooring ideas is not a flooring product. Grout lines can be a source of frustration for homeowners and business owners because it can be difficult to clean and, when light-colored, can stain easily. To ensure that flooring is low-maintenance, ask a flooring pro about flooring products that can be installed with minimal grout or without grout, such as laminate and luxury vinyl flooring. If the flooring of choice is a floor that needs to be installed with grout, select a darker colored grout that can hide stains.

Sheet Vinyl

Sheet vinyl checks off all the boxes on the low-maintenance flooring checklist: durable, attractive, easy-to-clean, and water-resistant. This floor can hold up in high-traffic spaces for years, and still looks great years after install even with extensive foot and paw traffic. Sheet vinyl comes in a variety of styles and designs that can fit in any home or commercial space.

Hardwood Flooring Types: What’s the best wood floor for my home?

warm wood floors in home that need deep cleanWood flooring adds warmth and style to any room; however, the right wood flooring for a home isn’t always the classic hardwoods that were installed in our great-grandparents’ home. Today’s homeowners have options for hardwood flooring types that families years ago could only dream about: hardwood, engineered wood, laminate, and luxury vinyl floors.

All these hardwood flooring types come in a variety of widths and colors that can add character and style to any room. However, there are some notable differences that can make hardwood, engineered wood, laminate, and luxury vinyl floors the right hardwood flooring for a home.

Wood

wood floor with inlayTraditional wood floors may be a similar construction to the classic floors in older homes, however today’s wood floors come in a variety of traditional and modern styles suitable to any home.

Pros: Can increase home value, Adds warmth to a space, Durable, Long-lasting, Can be refinished many times over the years

Cons: Usually most expensive option, Can be damaged by water leaks and puddles, May scratch in high traffic areas

Engineered Hardwood

engineered hardwoodEngineered hardwood flooring is manufactured in layers (with wood as the top layer). Because of their unique construction, engineered hardwood floors look as beautiful as hardwood floors but can be installed over a slab (ask to see engineered hardwood styles constructed specifically for the purpose when visiting the flooring store).

Pros: Manufactured with real wood, ideal for homes on slabs or in basements, Durable, (Depending on the thickness) can be refinished

Cons: Can be damaged by water leaks and puddles, Typically more expensive than laminate and some luxury vinyl

Laminate

installing luxury vinyl plank in a basmentModern laminate floors closely resemble hardwood floors—so much so that it’s hard to tell the two apart. Though they look similar, laminate floors are constructed with features that make them ideal for high-traffic areas.

Pros: Has the look of wood, Durable (especially in high-traffic areas), Easy-to-clean, Typically very affordable, Can be installed as a do-it-yourself project

Cons: Can be damaged by water leaks and puddles (though some new products are water-resistant), Can be prone to scratches (use these tips to prevent scratches)

Luxury Vinyl

luxury vinyl floors that look like hardwood floorsLuxury vinyl floors look just like hardwood floors but with a water-resistant feature that makes it appealing for busy homes (along with other endearing flooring features).

Pros: Looks just like wood (in a variety of styles-ask to see the right width and color for the room), Durable (especially in high-traffic areas), Easy-to-clean, Water-resistant, Luxury vinyl planks can be installed as a do-it-yourself project, Can be installed in basements

Cons: Can be scratched, Typically more expensive than laminate