Home is where the heart is – and that means it’s where a lot of visitors come by, too. Or maybe it’s just where your growing family relaxes, lounges, runs, spills, and jumps. Whether you’ve got high-traffic areas in your home or a generally high-traffic home, there are plenty of flooring options to help accommodate your lifestyle. For busy homes, durable and stain-resistant flooring is key when it comes to maintaining structure and appearance long-term. Luckily, durable flooring options come in a wide array of price tags, finishes, and materials. For a shortlist of the best floors for high-traffic homes, keep on reading.
We’re starting with the classics, and arguably no flooring option is more timeless than hardwood. Some homeowners hesitate to invest in hardwood flooring for fear of the wood warping or deteriorating over time, but hardwood is actually one of the most resilient flooring materials out there. All it takes to make hardwood floors last for a lifetime is proper maintenance: sweep regularly, avoid mopping, and choose your cleaning solutions with care (using only ones that are specifically formulated for hardwood). Though they require a little bit more mindfulness than other flooring options, hardwood floors offer both a timeless look and long-term durability.
Ceramic flooring is a staple of humid, high-traffic areas, like bathrooms and kitchens, for a reason: it’s both moisture- and stain-resistant. They’re also a dream to clean: porcelain floors easily withstand an array of cleaning materials, and they’re resistant to scratching, staining, and chipping. Though they’re not a common choice for living areas or bedrooms, porcelain floors are one of the best options for homeowners looking for easy-to-clean kitchens and bathroom flooring that’ll last for decades.
Though it can rival – or even surpass – hardwood as the priciest option on this list, stone flooring’s price tag is counterbalanced by an array of perks. In addition to being heat- and stain-resistant, stone flooring is timelessly beautiful. Even more importantly, it’s extremely long-lasting. Able to withstand any amount of foot traffic, stone flooring can be used in any room of your home without ever looking out of place. Tied hand-in-hand with its durability is stone’s hygienic nature: it doesn’t collect pet hair, dust, or other allergens that could give way to mold and mildew over time. For a stunning, if pricey, option that stays as good as new for a lifetime, look no further than stone flooring.
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
Some of the best floors for high-traffic homes that don’t carry a major price tag are luxury vinyl tiles. One of the biggest perks of luxury vinyl is its ability to look like any other flooring material, allowing you to have any aesthetic for a fraction of the price. This material is perfect for living areas or bedrooms, and though it can become scuffed if heavy appliances are dragged across it, it’s actually more scratch-resistant than hardwood. Another benefit of luxury vinyl is that, if any portion of it is damaged, that individual plank or tile can be replaced without having to remove any more than is absolutely necessary. If you want a good degree of durability without a huge price tag, we definitely recommend considering LVT.
Knowing about the best floors for high-traffic homes is the first step to choosing a flooring option that’ll last for decades to come. Deciding on a flooring material is where the fun part begins: choosing designs, colors, and finishes that match your personal style and become a definitive element of your home’s character. If you have any questions about your flooring options or would like to learn more, don’t hesitate to reach out to us here.