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Top 3 Types of Residential Soft Flooring

Bare feet on a hardwood floor.

Soft flooring (such as carpeting, hardwood, rubber, cork, vinyl, and linoleum) provides comfort, warmth, and protection for the feet of homeowners and their families. With so many options on the market, it is essential to know what kind of flooring is best for your home. Soft flooring can be categorized by its composition, method of installation, and strength of its surface. Let’s go over 3 types of residential soft flooring worth your consideration.

Three Types of Residential Soft Flooring

1. Soft Plastic

Soft plastic flooring encompasses a variety of materials – polyvinyl floors are chief among them. Plastic floors are composed of synthetic chemicals that can be molded into virtually any shape and presented in a range of colors. Vinyl floors are particularly popular for their smooth and silky texture that feels soft to the touch. These floors are easy to clean and quite durable, too. High-end soft floor tiles made of vinyl or similar materials will resist moisture, sunlight, abrasion, and more. Best of all, soft plastic floors are relatively cost-effective and easy to install by professionals. While these floors look good just about anywhere, they’re not recommended for highly active spaces like kitchens – rather, consider soft plastic flooring for bedrooms and living rooms.

2. Soft Rubber

Soft rubber flooring is made of either synthetic or natural rubber. It is usually found in commercial spaces, although some people prefer it in their homes because it’s so comfortable to walk on. Rubber floors can withstand a lot of weight and pressure because of their superior elasticity. They can also resist high temperatures (within reason). Residential flooring is highly durable and practical, and it’s so comfortable that homeowners may use it instead of carpeting. Keep in mind, however, that rubber floors can emit off-putting odors as they absorb various materials over time. Regular and proper cleaning is key to keeping your rubber flooring not only attractive but also fresh-smelling for everyone inside your home.

3. Soft Carpet

Last but certainly not least, there’s carpeting. Although residential carpet does not offer the same amount of protection as, say, hardwood or vinyl floors, it is excellent for frequently used rooms such as bedrooms or family rooms. Carpets pick up plenty of dirt and dust but can be easily cleaned with regular vacuuming and occasional deep cleaning, which makes them a fine choice even for homes with pets and children. Soft carpet is perhaps the most comfortable of all the soft flooring options out there. Quality carpeting won’t wrinkle easily and will resist stains to boot. And residential carpeting made of soft fibers can be easily stretched, even when old, so you can enjoy your carpeting for many decades to come (with proper maintenance).

Soft flooring is an important component of many homes. These floors combine comfort with durability, all without breaking the bank. Of course, plastic, rubber, and carpet are only a few soft flooring options to consider. The residential and commercial flooring experts at Ozburn-Hessey offer and install all types of soft flooring, including:

  • Carpet
  • Resilient
  • Rubber
  • Linoleum/ Laminate
  • Hardwood
  • Cork

We have installed each of these flooring options countless times, and have always met the needs and exceeded the expectations of our clients; no matter the flooring project. Whatever the flooring need, we have the products and know-how to get the job done right. We serve Nashville and the surrounding Middle Tennessee region, including Madison, Hendersonville, Brentwood, Franklin, Green Hills, and Antioch.

To schedule a free consultation and receive a free flooring estimate for your home, call us at (615) 254-1585.

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