Replacing your entryway's current carpeted flooring with a hard surface such as vinyl, marble, linoleum, or even hardwood immediately increases your home's interior appeal while creating a more functional entry area at the same time. You can choose between many hard flooring options for the front entryway your home. Compare the benefits of vinyl, marble, linoleum, and hardwood for your entryway to give your home a durable and beautiful appeal.
What makes vinyl beneficial for an entryway is its durability. The material is designed to withstand heavy foot traffic, which is essential for flooring around your home's main entrance. Vinyl sheets in particular are resistant to water damage, which can be helpful on rainy days.
Another benefit of vinyl is its versatility. Vinyl is available in a variety of colors and even mimics hardwood, marble, ceramic, and other more expensive flooring options. Vinyl is also quiet and comfortable to walk on.
Vinyl can also be installed on your own if you don't want to hire a contractor. It is available in long sheets cut to size, self-sticking tiles, and other applications you can speak to your building supplier about.
For a long-lasting, elegant front entryway that is durable against high traffic and relatively easy to care for, consider marble flooring. When properly sealed and polished, marble is scratch and chip resistant and is one of the most durable flooring materials you can choose for your home.
Marble floors should always be professionally installed. Also, since marble is a natural stone that can be hard underfoot, consider placing a comfortable rug in your entryway in addition to marble floors to soften the overall texture of this beautiful flooring option.
Linoleum is a flooring solution that lasts anywhere from a few decades to 40 years or longer. Linoleum maintains is luster for years due to the way the material is designed.
Unlike vinyl and other decorative man-made flooring options, the colors in linoleum are applied throughout the flooring, not just on the surface, which prevents fading and helps keep foot traffic damage from being noticeable. Linoleum floors are also available in various colors, patterns, and styles.
Since linoleum is prone to yellowing under the sun, place curtains on windows in your entryway or cover exposed flooring areas with decorative rugs.
Hardwood is a classic approach to entryway flooring to give your home a charming appeal. Hardwood is available in various species of durable and water-resistant hardwoods, such as oak, maple, ash, mahogany, and walnut. A benefit to hardwood flooring is decades of use as long as you have the wood sealed regularly.
The type of hardwood you choose for your home's entryway is dependent upon your budget, desired hue and texture, and other factors. If solid hardwood is outside your budget, consider engineered hardwood instead. This type of hardwood flooring option consists of plywood planks with a hardwood veneer on top.
Hard surface flooring costs vary, from as low as $2 per square foot for vinyl or linoleum to upwards of $7 per square foot for marble flooring. Compare the costs of various flooring options at your local building supply store.
The right flooring for your entryway is dependent upon how much foot traffic your home gets, your budget, the look and appeal you want your home to have, and how long you need your flooring to last. In some cases, new vinyl flooring can be placed on older flooring to save time and money on your home remodeling project.
Buy your remodeling materials from a building supplier you trust. Our experts at Mikro Corporation will help you choose the best flooring for your home and can work with you to create a project plan custom to your needs. Call or visit us today.