High-traffic areas can take a toll on any flooring. From scuff marks and scratches to dents, the wear left behind is clear as day. To avoid these problems it’s important to think about the type of wear your specific high-traffic area will experience before committing to one material over another. Here are some of the best flooring materials for high-traffic areas and their pros/cons.
Budget carpet is a great choice for low to medium traffic households, but it may not be cost effective if you have pets or children that are heavy on your furniture. The material offers little protection against dents in floors so be mindful of that when you’re installing.
Luxury vinyl is a great choice for low-traffic areas due to its sturdy, durable construction and easy installation process. It also has the lowest maintenance costs among other options because it does not require underlayment or padding underneath which saves on money from the start.
Luxury vinyl plank is a great option for high-traffic areas that are not in danger of denting floors since it’s more difficult to scratch the floor than standard luxury vinyl and offers better protection against scuff marks. However, installing this type can be costly because it requires underlayment, padding and cement board beneath the planks.
Engineered hardwoods are an excellent option for high-traffic areas since they offer more protection against flooring dents than other options while being easy to install with a durable surface that resists scratches and scuff marks. They may be pricey but will last a lifetime.
Vinyl tiles are a great option for high-traffic areas that can’t be dented, but they may not offer enough protection against scuffs marks and scratches to suit your needs. The installation process is easy if you have the right tools on hand which makes them a good choice for DIYers.
Now that you know the pros and cons of each option, it’s time to choose a material for your high-traffic area. Think about what type of wear it will experience and how much traffic is likely at certain times before making your decision