I have this question asked to me a lot. Well let’s look at how the different types of flooring react to your environment.
Carpet- installation time 1-3 hour per room all you need to do is vacuum. If your family members do not like to take their shoes off this is not a good choice.
The carpet will remove any thing on the bottom of shoes and gravity will migrate it into the weaving of the carpet. Dog and Cat love to claw and chew it.
If you lay the carpet on a concrete floor and you have high groundwater the carpet will act like a breeding ground for mold and other insects. Warm to the touch, very bad for allergies.
Ceramic floor- installation time 2-4 days after 6 weeks you must seal it. Watch what type of tile you pick out
1. The glazing hardness the harder the better, and have them prove it to you as to the hardness. They will use different types of diamond scratches.
2. Next try to get a tile made of a cream color clay tile. I’m not talking about the finish you look at but the backside of the tile. This type of tile cut easier with less brakeage in installation as well as later.
3. Look for a textured tile for wet areas incase of slipping and falls. If the tile is sealed yearly it is the most durable against any type of ware cats, dogs, kids etc. Cool to the touch
Concrete floors- installation time 1 day than you have to wait 30-60 day before sealing it no paint taping compound, oils etc. until it is sealed properly.
Again it must sealed yearly it is the most durable against any type of ware cats, dogs, kids etc. Cool to the touch
Stone floors – installation time 2-4 days after 6 weeks you must seal it. Watch what type of tile you pick out. Look for a textured in wet and dry conditions and how the stone changes in color.
In wet areas like the back door area I recommend a honed finish, the stone is cut sanded smooth but it dull to look at, good for areas with sand and dirt will not show scratches.
A high polished finish is great if there is no sand, dirt or water. It will out last any type of wood floor you could install.
If the stone is sealed yearly it is the most durable against any type of ware cats, dogs, kids etc. Cool to the touch
Sheet goods (vinyl’s) – installation time 1-3 hours per room you will need a sponge to scrub the printing off the sheet good.
The good thing about sheet goods is that when you spill any thing it sits on the surface of the flooring.
Bad new is any thing can cut it from moving a refrigerator in to it place, to accidentally dropping a knife; a dog can claw it up. It has about 10-15 year wear life.
Wood floors-installation time 5 days for a floor of 350SF you will need to recoat the floor every 3-5 years. Sand, dirt, and dog claw will scratch the floor. Warm to the touch.