October 2010 Design Newsletter

Welcome to our October 2010 Newsletter from Wall Huggers

In this issue we will discuss;  The Pros and Cons of Flooring Materials

The information contained in this newsletter is regarding various flooring materials and the pros and cons in using them.

Wood – Solid wood or
engineered planks.

Pros – Beautiful, warm, soft on the feet, fairly durable, long-lasting if properly sealed and maintained, can be refinished, many wood
types and hues to choose from, can be painted or stained for more color options, helps tie kitchen to other rooms in an open floor

Cons – Susceptible to water damage, darkens with age, expensive to very expensive, softer woods can dent easily, harder to keep
clean than vinyl or laminate – water and spills need to be cleaned immediately. Dust everywhere with refinishing or new installation
of unsealed wood.
Tip - Material must acclimate for 48 hours before installation.

Stone – Granite, Marble,
Limestone, Slate

Pros – Beautiful and durable, with many color and pattern choices. Nearly indestructible. Tumbled or honed finishes give good
traction. Granite is the strongest.

Cons – Cold and hard on the feet. Very expensive. Slate is more affordable, but can be rough and can peel. Glossy finishes are
slippery when wet and must be polished regularly. Tumbled or honed stone must be sealed regularly. Stone is heavy and may need
a stronger sub floor. Marble will be damaged by chlorine and can absorb dirt. Limestone and Slate collect dirt.

Tile – Ceramic, Porcelain,
Quarry, Terra Cotta

Pros – Huge selection of mixable colors, shapes, sizes and patterns. Durable if well made. Glazed tiles are moisture and stain-
resistant. Most are easy to maintain. Mosaic tile can be laid on uneven surfaces. Can be very affordable. Easy for do-it-yourselfers.

Cons – Cold and hard on the feet. Can be very expensive depending upon what you choose. Can crack or chip and is difficult to
repair. Glossy finishes are slippery when wet. Grout can discolor and is hard to maintain.

Laminate – Imitation Wood,
Tile or Stone

Pros – Durable, easy to maintain, scratch-resistant, wide range of colors and designs, can be installed over old flooring, can be
affordable, quiet when used with underlayment, good choice for damp areas and below grade, easy installation – good choice for do-
it-yourselfers, has color/grain uniformity, many click together styles require no glue.

Cons – Cannot be refinished if damaged. Some can be expensive – as much as wood.
Tip - Material must acclimate for 48 hours before installation.

Vinyl Flooring

Pros – Inexpensive, durable, easy on the feet, quiet, water and stain resistant, and low maintenance. It's easy to install – especially
tiles. 12 foot wide sheets means seamless floors in small rooms. You can create patterns with tiles.

Cons – Prone to dents and tears. Moisture can get into seams leading to mildew and lifting. Glossy finishes are slippery when wet,
and can dull easily unless waxed regularly.


Pros – Warm, easy on the feet, quiet, lots of colors and styles to choose from, choice of wall to wall or area rugs, slip-resistant, can
be affordable.

Cons – More appropriate for drier climates. Collects dirt and moisture – which can turn into mildew. Wall to wall carpeting is not a
good choice for people with dust allergies. It's hard to clean. Polypropylene or washable area rugs best choice.

Other – The following are natural, sustainable “green” products.


Pros – Cork is soft and warm, wide array of colors and patterns, great texture, easy to install, can be affordable. Option of unfinished
or polyurethane-sealed.

Cons – Must be sealed, not as durable or easy to clean as vinyl. May not be a good choice for "rough" families.

Linoleum and Marmoleum
(Forbo's linoleum

(Made from linseed oil, wood flour and/or cork dust and sometimes pine rosin, jute and limestone.)

Pros – Comes in wide range of colors, quiet, durable, biodegradable, environmentally friendly, hygienic and anti-static.
Modern linoleum doesn't wear down like the old type from the '50's. The glue is better, so it shouldn't pucker up over time.

Cons - Porous, it may need to be waxed or polished from time to time. Strong overall, but difficult to repair if there is a problem.

Whichever flooring product you decide to go with always look at the use of the floor and the practicality of the flooring being used.  
Look at how cleanable it is and if it has the aesthetic look you want for the room.

My favourite is the warmth that hardwood floors bring to a room but this is a personal preference.
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We welcome your comments and suggestions and hope that you enjoy this great summer season.


Connie Beland / Owner

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