Mudroom flooring sees a lot of action and can get very wet, so it's best to use a tough, moisture-resistant material. Ceramic tile and sheet vinyl are two obvious choices, but laminate wood flooring and prefinished bamboo are sensible alternatives. It is important that the floor resist scratches and hide dirt, and it's a bonus if it can blend with the house decor in a pleasing, harmonious manner.
Properly grouted tiles are moisture-resistant, attractive and easy to clean if properly sealed. Tiles must be laid over a solid, level subfloor that has been sealed against moisture or they will lift. Flooring tiles come in a variety of colors and sizes and hide dirt well, especially if grouted with a dark grout.
Sheet vinyl flooring is available in patterns that look like stone or wood, as well as in many other floral and geometric patterns. When glued properly to a moisture-free floor, it will last for years. It has the advantage of being easy to install and requires minimal subfloor preparation. Vinyl flooring can be recovered when it has become too worn to keep clean.
Plastic laminate flooring is a relatively new option that can give the look and feel of wood at a much cheaper price. Most laminates are floating floors that do not require glue or nailing and provide a durable and attractive surface that can take a lot of abuse. They also come in patterns that resemble stone or tile as well as the more common woodgrain look.
If you prefer something closer to real hardwood without the expense, consider prefinished bamboo. This is a sustainable forest product with a hard surface coating. It is installed in the same way as hardwood and can be refinished, although this should not be necessary for up to 20 years. Bamboo has an intense grain that hides dirt well.
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