If you’re thinking about having new hard surface floors installed in your home, it’s normal to have a few questions – beginning with how these floors can be expected to perform over time. New floor installation is an investment of both your money and time, and it’s important to know what you can do to protect your floors for as long as possible. If you’re curious about how your hard surface floor will perform over time, look no further than this guide.
No Two Floors Are the Same
First and foremost, it’s important to understand that no two flooring materials are identical. Often, the material of your flooring is linked directly to its predicted lifespan and performance over time. That being said, one common quality that hard surface flooring options have in common is that, when maintained regularly, they can last for decades. Ceramic and porcelain have particularly long lifespans, due to their moisture resistance and capacity to withstand wear and tear. Stone and vinyl present relatively low maintenance options with high durability. Hardwood, additionally, requires slightly more maintenance; that said, when properly taken care of, hardwood flooring provides a beautiful appearance for years and years.
Common Issues to Expect
Keeping in mind that all hard surface floors are different, let’s talk about some of the most common issues experienced by homeowners – and their causes. Generally speaking, inconsistent or insufficient maintenance are the leading causes of warping, breakage, and staining on hard surface flooring (which, incidentally, are the three most common issues that come up). It’s also important to know how to maintain your flooring, as different materials will have very different needs. For instance, though water is perfectly safe to use on stone or vinyl flooring, it can be extremely damaging to hardwood, causing it to warp and lose its structure over time. By understanding the specific needs of your hard surface floors, you’ll be well-equipped to properly care for them.
General Maintenance Tips
Though the solutions and materials you use to clean your floor will vary depending on your floors themselves, follow a consistent maintenance schedule to avoid debris buildup and keep your floors in great shape. This includes:
- Mopping your floors (with a safe, gentle solution) one or two times a week. Make sure you wring out your mop significantly, so it’s only damp by the time it touches your floors.
- Use natural cleaners without harsh chemicals, as these can easily strip the sheen of your floors. Opt for cleaning solutions like vinegar (and, if your flooring material allows, water) or cleaners formulated specifically for your flooring material.
- If you have a natural flooring material, such as hardwood or stone, make sure you have your floors resealed regularly (about once a year). This will be instrumental in protecting against spills, wear and tear, and structural damages over time.
We hope this guide was useful in helping you learn about how your hard surface floor will perform over time. Keep in mind that no two floors are the same, and the best resource at your disposal for material-specific cleaning tips is a flooring installer you can trust. If you’d like to learn more about hard surface flooring maintenance or get a free quote on installation for your new floors, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.