When choosing new flooring in MA, one of your leading considerations is likely to be the durability of the material. Because Massachusetts tends to have cold and snowy winter weather, your choice in flooring should be made keeping those weather conditions in mind.
Not all types of flooring materials are equally safe and long lasting when it comes to frequent exposure to melting ice, snow or the ice melt substances that get tracked in on shoes and boots. These tips can help you to choose the best floor for MA homes.
Hardwood is a classic choice for flooring in any style or size of home. Available in a wide array of colors, hardwood flooring can be coordinated to match your cabinetry and furnishings. Oak, maple and cherry are some of the best options for homes located in places that get a lot of snow, as they are harder and less porous than pine. Hardwood floors are a great option for your living areas, as they are easy to keep clean.
If you choose to use hardwood near your front or back entry areas, you may want to put down an absorbent mat for the winter months. The mat can soak up melting snow from your family’s shoes and boots. Regular waxing of your hardwood flooring can help to protect against stains left behind by road or sidewalk salt.
Engineered wood is another popular choice made by homeowners who want the look of wood but less of the maintenance needed by a natural hardwood floor. Engineered wood floors use layers of wood between resins that bond the materials together.
The resins help to keep the material impervious to moisture, which lessens the risk of warping. This material is slippery when wet, so a rug for shoes and boots will be needed in the winter.
Ceramic tile is a natural choice for a home’s front hallway, entryway or mud room. The tiles are strong and resistant to moisture when properly sealed. Regular professional maintenance is needed to keep the grout between the tiles clean, as salt from boots can leave residue on it.
10 Best/Worst Floors for Moisture-Prone Rooms, homerenovations.about.com
Buying guide, consumerreports.org
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