Smooth Flooring vs. Textured Flooring: The Pros and Cons

Should you get smooth flooring or textured flooring? It’s a difficult choice! Will knowing the pros and cons of each help you decide? If yes, we have created a list of pros and cons for each type of flooring. Here are the pros and cons of smooth flooring and textured flooring:

1. Dents and Damage

Smooth flooring finishes have become one of the most popular types of flooring . The downside to smooth flooring is that the dings, dents, and scuffs will be visible. Smooth flooring also scratches more easily than textured flooring. Smooth flooring is easy to clean and great for areas with less foot traffic.

You should choose textured flooring for places where you sit or dine. Although textured flooring can become damaged, it won’t be as noticeable as it would on smooth flooring because the texture can camouflage the damage.

2. Cleaning and Maintenance

You won’t have any trouble cleaning smooth floors but you will find it difficult to clean textured flooring. You can use premade wax cleaning solutions to clean smooth floors and maintain their finish and shine. Smooth flooring is also a better option for people with respiratory conditions and allergies.

Unfortunately, textured flooring is the complete opposite of that. Since the flooring has textures, it tends to trap dirt and dust easily into the grooves and dips in it. If you have pets and small children who play, walk, and rest on the flooring, you will find yourself cleaning the textured flooring.

3. The Feel

How does smooth flooring and textured flooring feel under your feet? Smooth flooring feels cool but can give you the impression of a slippery surface due to its shiny and smooth appearance. On the other hand, you have textured flooring.

Textured flooring provides people with a false sense of security. People think they can’t fall on textured flooring, and that’s where they are wrong. You can still fall and slip on it if you aren’t careful. Since textured flooring is warmer, we recommend them for the kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, and entryways, where the risk of liquid spilling on the floor is high.

If you have the habit of walking on the floor with your shoes on, you don’t have to worry too much about the feel of it under your feet.

4. Slippery Floor

Smooth floors are more slippery than textured floors. How slippery the floor depends mostly on the floor’s slip resistance rating. Before you buy either floor, you need to check the material’s slip resistance rating. Even if it has a good slip resistance rating, it doesn’t mean you can start running on it and not be careful when walking on the floor.

Which type of flooring do you think you will go with?

If you still can’t decide, that’s okay. F & M Tile & Terrazzo Company can provide you with more information on smooth flooring and textured flooring to help you decide the best one for different areas of your house. Call us today!

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