The simple answer to that question is that vinyl and tile can be considered the most durable flooring materials. They are both waterproof, scratch-and-stain resistant, and, when cared for properly, can last 25 years or more; actually, we've heard of tile lasting 100 years. However, there is more to it because durability depends on such things as the room in which it's to be installed, how you plan to use the space, your lifestyle and durability needs, and the product's quality level or grade. When you are shopping, be sure to tell our experts at our flooring store in Westminster, MD, exactly how and where you plan to use it.

Luxury vinyl flooring

This is a newer version of the original vinyl sheet or composite tile (VCT) version. It is thicker layered and should measure at least 8-mm. It includes a top transparent melamine wear sheet that protects the floor from scratches and scuffs.

Budget-friendly, this has high-end images inspired by nature. True to life images are clear and vibrant with micro beveling and embossing to give depth, dimension, and textured appearances. It can be cut into planks to mimic hardwood boards of groutable squares to echo stone and tile.

Tile flooring trends

When you walk into our flooring company, you'll be amazed at the almost unlimited designs, colors, patterns, shapes, and sizes. You can find anything from colorful geometrics, chevron and herringbone pattern, and filigree and encaustic styles. Tiles can also be made to look like anything, including wood and stone.

For busy, high traffic rooms, porcelain is best. It is heavier, denser, and waterproof whether or not it's glaze; it can even be used outdoors with the ability to withstand any weather condition, including the freeze-thaw cycles.

Other durable ones include natural stone, carpets that are pet-friendly with extra durability and stain resistance, and tough hardwood species. For hardness, ask about the Janka Scale and choose a species, like hickory, white oak, or any exotic, with a number above 1200.

To learn more about flooring, come into the Mercer Carpet One showroom in Westminster, MD, serving homeowners and businesses in Westminster, Eldersburg, Mount Airy, Finksburg, Hampstead, Ellicott City, Marriottsville, West Friendship, Columbia, and Catonsville. Remember to ask about our free quotes.