When it comes to choosing the right flooring for your home, it can be difficult to decide which type of flooring will last the longest. Solid wood is a popular choice, but it can be expensive and may not be suitable for all areas of the home. Engineered hardwood floors have an average lifespan of 25-30 years, but proper maintenance is key to making them last even longer. Rugs can also help protect the floor from wear and tear.
However, engineered wood veneer cannot be sanded or refinished, so its lifespan is limited by the top layer. This layer is prone to dents, scratches, and general wear and tear, so it may not be the best choice for homes with pets or furniture that moves frequently. When it comes to choosing a floor that will last the longest, hardwood, bamboo, ceramic tiles, laminate, and vinyl are all good options. These materials are resistant to wear and tear, dents, scratches, discoloration from sunlight, and stains.
Bamboo floors are even harder than some types of hardwood and are a great choice for high-traffic areas. Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) floors are a great option for kitchens as they are waterproof and customizable. Porcelain tile is also a great choice for bathrooms, laundry rooms, entrances, outdoor areas, and even kitchens. Vinyl sheets are also waterproof and customizable, making them a great option for faux wood floors. When Consumer Reports tests these two types of hardwood floors, the resulting wear is visible more quickly than on other types of floors.