The entryway is an important space in both style and function. You want to create a space with style that reflects the rest of the house as well as an area that functions as the gateway to and from the outdoors. Entryway flooring is important because this is normally a high-traffic area where lots of dirt, mud, water and grime enter the house. Fortunately, the options for entryway flooring are numerous.
Advantages of tile in the entryway include its durability, water resistance, ease of maintenance and a variety of style options. Tile comes in different materials. Quarry tile is a durable tile made from clay or shales. Another natural clay tile is Terracotta, available in earthy colors. Glazed tile is a type of ceramic tile that has been treated with a waterproof, durable coating making the tiles easy to clean. A more expensive type of ceramic tile is porcelain, which is extremely hard and can be glazed or unglazed. Finally, recycled glass can be made into tiles which come in a variety of colors and patterns.
Hardwood and Laminate
Hardwood flooring is generally less expensive than tile and is also durable and attractive. It comes in a variety of sizes and finishes, with oak and maple being favorite choices. A laminate floor looks like hardwood, but it is actually a mix of synthetic fibers. It is fairly easy to install, durable, moisture resistant and less expensive than real wood.
Sold in a wide range of colors and patterns to suit lots of different styles, vinyl flooring is available in sheets or tiles and in varying degrees of thickness. It is less expensive than tile, wood or laminate. It is also relatively easy to install but is not as durable as other materials.
The two basic types of carpeting are loop-pile, with yarn loops still intact for a textured look, and cut-pile, with cut yarn making a more uniform, smoother surface. Carpet also comes in a variety of different fibers, densities, colors and patterns. It is typically used in living rooms and bedrooms but could function in an entryway if you want to create a cozy, warm space.
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