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Types of Flooring for You're Home or Business

Updated: Mar 9

Welcome to Raleigh Renovations and Flooring, the premier flooring company in the Raleigh area. At Raleigh Renovations & Flooring, we specialize in the installation of a variety of flooring types, from hardwood to tile. With so many different types of flooring materials available, it can be difficult to decide which one is best for your new flooring project. Today, we’ll be going over the different types of flooring that we install and detailing the pros and cons of each type, so you have the information you need to make the best decision. If you would rather us explain it to you over the phone feel free to give us a call at 919-728-1964.

LVP: Let’s start with Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) flooring. This is going to be the longest description because it is the most popular, most versatile, most durable flooring on the market in my opinion. LVP flooring can be a good option for many homes as it is a waterproof, durable, and cost-effective alternative to traditional hardwood floors. It’s easy to install and maintain and comes in a variety of colors and designs, so it can be used in any setting. The pros of using LVP flooring include its affordability, durability, and water resistance, while the main con is that it can look a bit “fake” when compared to real hardwood floors, but that doesn’t mean it looks bad. With the advances in manufacturing the newer LVP flooring looks great and is being installed in everything from high end homes to rental properties. LVP has traditionally been installed in kitchens bathrooms, and laundry rooms where water damage is possible. Although in the past it was mainly installed in those rooms, since it can be used anywhere in a home it is now, more often than not, installed in the whole home rather than just certain rooms as it traditionally has been; this gives the home a more unified modern look and protection from spills and scratches throughout the whole home.

Installation Methods:

Click lock (Each piece locks to the next piece). This is the best method to install LVP in my opinion and also the most cost effective. We can go directly over most hard surface floors rather than having to rip up or damage the underlying floor. LVP can be used to protect hardwoods when a home is being rented out.

Glue down: Glue down gives the floor a more solid feel, but harder on joints and knees so it is not recommended if you have any back, joint, or feet pain. This is the most expensive method to install LVP. Click lock LVP can, many times (not all times), be glued down but it is not as easy to glue down as a LVP that is specifically for glue down installation so it will cost more to glue down a click lock floor. Call us for brand recommendations and the best places to buy it. 919-728-1964

EVP: Next up is Engineered Vinyl Plank (EVP) flooring. EVP flooring is very similar to LVP flooring in that it’s a cost-effective, waterproof alternative to hardwood, but the main difference is that it’s made of multiple layers of color, texture, and design. It can be used to create real hardwood looks without the maintenance requirements or expense. The pros of using EVP flooring are the affordability, water resistance, and low maintenance needs, while the main con is that it’s more expensive than LVP and some brands may not be as scratch resistant as LVP. EVP is best used in the same places as LVP, see above paragraph for more details on installation and where it should be installed. Call us for brand recommendations and the best places to buy it. 919-728-1964

HARDWOOD: Now for hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring is the classic choice for home floors and adds a timeless, natural look to any space. It is durable and comes in many different colors and designs, so it can be used to create any look you desire. The pros of hardwood flooring are its beautiful high end look, it can be refinished to its original beauty many times unlike any other flooring, also you can change the color of the hardwoods when you refinish it, giving a complete new look and shine. Also hardwoods are going to up the resale value of your home. While the main con is its cost, we believe that the extra money is worth it, the beauty and ability to refinish it make it worth the extra cost. Another con of hardwoods is they are not waterproof and scratch easier than the new LVP or Laminate floors, but as long as you don’t have large dogs or small children, then hardwoods can be a great choice for you.

Installation: Most hardwoods need to be nailed down.

Call us for brand recommendations and the best places to buy it. 919-728-1964

Laminate: Laminate flooring is made of compressed wood and plastic layers, which make it highly durable and water-resistant as long as you get a quality product. It comes in a variety of colors and designs and can be used to create almost any look you desire. The pros of laminate flooring are that it’s affordable, water-resistant, and easy to install, while the main con is that it’s not as durable as LVP and it is most brands are not waterproof although many companies are now offering more and more waterproof Laminate floors. Call us for brand recommendations and the best places to buy it. 919-728-1964

Tile: Tile flooring is a great option for bathrooms, kitchens, and foyers. While tile is the most expensive flooring to install and purchase, it is very durable and gives a high end look. Although tile is durable the grout lines can be a pain to clean.

If you live in the Raleigh area we can help you pick out the right type of floor, the right brand of floor, and get it installed for you at a great price. Although we have great prices, what I am most proud of is our quality of work and customer service. That is harder than installing any floor but we have maintained a great business name and made our customers happy again and again. We strive to exceed your expectations and make the process as easy as possible for you as we know how much of a pain contractors can be. Give us a call today and we will get right on your project so you can have the RIGHT floor for you installed in no time. 919-728-1964

One last thing you can rest assure that if we recommend a flooring it is what we thing is best, unlike many other companies we don't take money or discounts from flooring companies to push their products over others. If you are not in our service area make sure to do research on any flooring brand that a company may offer.

-Seth Richardson, Owner of Raleigh Renovations & Flooring

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