Whether you’re a pet owner, a busy family with small children or just never want to go through the hassle of replacing your floors again, you want durable flooring. We’re often asked what the most durable flooring material is and there’s no easy answer to that question. Most flooring has its strengths and weaknesses which is why we offer multiple types of flooring.
Look at Your Family & Lifestyle
We love engineered and hardwood flooring. Some hardwood flooring has lasted for generations because it can be refinished. Engineered flooring can be exceptionally durable because it’s most often finished in a factory with multiple thick layers of varnish. However, if you have large pets, kids who play on the floor or entertain often, you may not want engineered or hardwood flooring. It’s certainly durable, however, if you don’t want to see scratches or dents, it’s not the flooring for your family.
Understand Flooring Terms
For example, laminate flooring comes with different AC ratings. If you choose a laminate flooring labeled AC1 for your living room and kitchen, you likely won’t be happy with it in a very short time. However, that same manufacturer likely makes an AC3 or AC4 that’s ideal for your kitchen and other high traffic rooms and will last for years and look great for a long time.
Likewise, understanding the Janka rating for hardwood flooring is key to choosing the right hardwood flooring material if you know you want hardwood. This rating scale indicates how hard the species of wood is. For example, maple is harder than walnut. The most common hardwood flooring is red oak which falls in the middle of the scale.
Work with a Knowledgeable Flooring Company
An experienced flooring company understands how different wood species, AC ratings and flooring in general will last under different circumstances. Authentic Hardwood Flooring sells and installs quality materials from leading mills. We take the time to listen to our customers concerns, wants and needs in their new floors. Call us today at (727) 786-6330 and we’ll take the time to help you select the right flooring for your home or business and one that fits your budget.