What flooring options are best for durability?
Any flooring can be durable; it's a matter of selecting the correct version and style for your needs.
This is why it's essential to read labels and discuss your needs at the flooring store.
Luxury vinyl: always durable
This is five times thicker than the original product and layered. Just over the design sheet is a tough, transparent, melamine wear layer that protects the floor from scratches, scuffs, and dents. It's impossible to "walk off" the printed design sheet.
Also of note, it's completely waterproof whether spilled on or submerged. Select waterproof flooring for even more durability and the highest level of moisture protection.
At our flooring company, we refer to luxury vinyl also as "affordable style." These floors offer true-to-life images of wood, stone, and tile with depth, dimension, and textured looks.
Waterproof flooring is luxury vinyl, engineered to be thicker, more durable, and offers the highest moisture protection level.
Laminate flooring: look to the AC Rating
The AC (Abrasion Criteria) Rating is a one-to-five system where each laminate undergoes a series of tests. The numbers increase with strength.
For heavy residential wear, consider AC-3 or AC-4.
You'll see a lot of tile designs, shapes, and sizes in our flooring store. They all have different strength levels, and porcelain is the strongest. It's heavier and denser, making it ideal for kitchen floors.
Carpet: Choose wisely
If you have an active family with kids, pets, or heavy foot traffic, consider a fiber like SmartStrand or something ultra strong like nylon. Also, think about style; low pile rugs are more durable and easier to keep clean.
Three generations of flooring excellence in the Pacific Northwest
Since 1967 Ralph's Floors has been servicing the residents in the Whatcom County area. We provide terrific new floors, superior services–and even better prices.
We want to do that for you, too, so visit our showroom. We're in Lynden, WA, and work with homeowners and businesses in Whatcom County.