Most homes have entryway in the back of the home where children come in from play, or guests use it to access the backyard or deck. In some cases, there is actually a ‘mudroom’ where people can take off their shoes or hang their coats.
Choosing the flooring for this room is a very important task. Because of the elements, with actual mud and water being racked in, durability is the most important factor to consider. Next, how does it look and how does it blend with the rest of the décor in the home?
Here are some flooring options to consider when deciding what to put on the floor in your mudroom.
Natural stone can be a great selection for a mudroom. Slate is one of the most used natural stones and it comes in many colors and textures. The texture is good to act as a ‘non-slip’ surface. Natural stone does need to be sealed in order to keep out moisture. It would need to have the sealing material applied at least once per year.
Ceramic tile has come a long way from the shiny pink squares that used to be in 1950’s style bathrooms! Ceramic has morphed into many different types of surfaces, and can even look like wood planks! Ceramic tile can be fabricated to imitate many difference natural surfaces such as natural stone, all types of wood and even bamboo.
Wood can still be a good choice for a mudroom. However, you have to be careful what type of wood you choose. A soft wood can show wear and tear in a high traffic area such as an entryway. It is best to put down a natural hardwood (if it is stained it will show traffic wear sooner than a natural wood) or reclaimed wood that already had ‘wear and tear’ as part of its charm. Using a sturdy rug as the centerpiece of the entry way is also a way to ensure it does not show undue signs of traffic.
Vinyl flooring has also come a long way since the 1950’s style of little squares or basic rolled goods! Vinyl, similar to ceramic, can now come in many different styles, textures and can mimic many natural surfaces. There are specialty vinyl flooring types that are made for ‘wet’ areas, and the underfloor and adhesive are also made with dampness in mind. Vinyl flooring is a great way to have a ‘fuss free’ floor that will tie right into the décor of the rest of your home.
As you can see, there are many different types of flooring that you could choose for your entryway or mudroom. The best advice we can give you is to come into our showroom and talk to the experts, see the samples and then make the best choice for your home once you have all the options in from of you! We look forward to seeing you at 451 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains or call us on 908-464-2653.