The entryway to your home makes a first and memorable impression. Since this is a high-traffic area and where the outside elements meet the inside of your house, many factors can influence your choice of flooring for your entryway.
Your selection will be influenced by the design of the space and the aesthetic of your home. It is also important to keep more functional benefits in mind, like durability, maintenance, weather resistance, and cost. Finding the right flooring product for your entryway that fits your design, is durable, and meets your budget can save you money down the road.
Let’s have a look at the top three flooring options for your entryway: tile flooring, hardwood flooring, and laminate flooring.
Option #1: Tile Flooring
Due to their durability, ceramic and porcelain tile is a popular choice for high-traffic areas like an entryway. Not only is it durable, but most tile is very easy to clean and maintain.
Tile comes in a wide variety of shapes, colors, patterns, textures, and styles. While the vast selection of tile might be overwhelming, finding the right tile for your foyer is limited only by your imagination.
Ceramic tile has a cost advantage, in that the material itself is less expensive and it is less costly to install. While porcelain is more durable, it is more expensive and harder to trim and cut, which drives up the installation cost.
The grout you choose will have an impact on the maintenance required for your tile floor. Since the entryway experiences a lot of traffic, we recommend a darker grout color. Lighter grout will show wear patterns faster.
Additionally, check with the grout manufacturer about the need to clean and seal it.
Option #2: Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring has come a long way since the days of linoleum. Today’s laminate flooring options are engineered for durability and designed for authenticity. For these reasons, laminate flooring is an excellent option for the entryway.
There are laminate flooring products that beautifully replicate the look and warmth of wood floors. But the engineering behind them makes them more durable and easier to maintain than hardwoods. Laminate is very resistant to dents, dings, scratches, stains and the wear-and-tear of everyday life.
Whereas the installation of tile and wood flooring is more involved and costly, laminate is easy to install, and the material itself is typically less expensive, making it easier on your budget. And when it comes to design, there are plentiful colors and designs to choose from that will suit the aesthetic of your entryway and home.
Option #3: Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood flooring is available in solid and engineered hardwood flooring. Solid hardwood flooring is exactly as it sounds, a solid plank of wood. Like laminate flooring, engineered hardwoods have a thin layer of wood on top high-quality plywood.
As you might have guessed, engineered hardwoods are less expensive than solid hardwoods. And some engineered hardwoods are waterproof.
One slight advantage solid hardwood flooring has it can be sanded and refinished multiple times. The thinner layer of wood on engineered hardwoods limits how much it can be resurfaced.
All types of hardwoods come in a variety of species and widths. Color is largely determined by the stain you choose. Here again, there are many options to fit your design. Depending on the species and style you select, hardwood flooring can be expensive. Installation is higher, too, since it requires more labor.
Wood flooring in general is not as resistant to scratching, denting, and staining. To properly care for your hardwood floors, they do need to be screened and recoated with urethane every few years to maintain their finish.
Choosing the right flooring doesn’t have to be challenging. At Adda Carpets and Flooring, we can help assess these options to find the right flooring solution for your entryway. Contact us today to talk about the various products and their benefits to your application.