For most interior design projects, making the best flooring choice can be a difficult proposition, particularly when you are dealing with a high traffic area. The flooring in these situations must be capable of enduring all types of abuse during the length of its life. The flooring must also clean easily, since high foot traffic means more dirt, more spills, more grit, and so on.
Fortunately, there are lots of flooring selections available, including laminate, wood, carpet and tile, all appropriate for areas of high traffic. Keeping that in mind, you should note that some flooring products are better than others when it comes to constant abuse from kids, people, animals, furniture or appliances being repeatedly dragged across them.
Probably one of the best flooring choices for high traffic areas is some type of tile. Stone tile or ceramic tile can be amazingly durable and withstand the abuse of high foot traffic very well. You should be aware, however, that not all types of tile are suitable for heavy traffic situations. For example, glossy tiles such as marble can be very slippery when wet, increasing your liability should someone slip and fall on your property.
Vinyl flooring makes an excellent choice for heavy traffic situations because of its low cost and the fact that it can imitate real stone or ceramic tiles. Vinyl flooring is usually made of a heavy duty or composite plastic.
Laminate flooring is a less expensive alternative to wood that retains several of the advantages of wood. Laminate also adds warmth because of its real wood look and feel, and it can last a very long time if taken care of properly.
Carpet is another floor covering option often considered for high traffic areas. This type of floor covering may be the least attractive choice because carpet gets dirty very easily. One way to reduce this problem is to buy stain resistant carpeting. Unfortunately, no carpet fiber is totally stain proof, so if you feel you must have carpet to cover your high traffic area, then select a one with a performance level rating of 4 or 5. With a high performance level rating, you will ensure that your carpet will fare well over time.