What’s the Best Low-Maintenance Flooring Types?

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Even the nicest floors can look worn after many years, especially for busy families with active children. The spills, muddy shoe prints, and stains from pets take their toll. If you want a low-maintenance floor that’s tough enough for everything your lifestyle throws at it, you have many cost-effective options.

How can you tell which flooring types you need? Let Naka’s Drapery, the Maui carpet, and flooring experts, help you.

Choosing Among Flooring Types

The question of the best low-maintenance flooring is complex. One has to consider the cost of installation as well as any maintenance you’ll have to do for the floor later on.

What Is Hardwood Flooring?

Many older homes have hardwood flooring that can be refinished and stained to look like new. Hardwood is more expensive than other flooring options, but sometimes the natural look can’t be beaten.

What Is Luxury Vinyl Flooring?

Vinyl is a synthetic polymer that can be painted with many colors and designs, including faux wood designs.

Pros of Luxury Vinyl

  • Installation is less expensive for vinyl flooring
  • Vinyl flooring is durable

Cons of Luxury Vinyl

  • Vinyl flooring is less durable than hardwood flooring
  • Unlike wood, vinyl cannot be refinished when it gets scratched

What Is Laminate Flooring?

Laminate flooring is made up of synthetic chemicals that are pressed together and colored to create the appearance of natural wood.

Pros of Laminate Flooring

  • Laminate flooring costs less than hardwood floors
  • The top layer is durable and can withstand a lot of wear
  • Easy to install

Cons of Laminate Flooring

  • Laminate flooring can delaminate, meaning that the layers can separate and peel off
  • Laminate flooring can be damaged by water

You should not use laminate flooring for bathrooms, laundry rooms, or kitchens to minimize the risk of water damage.

Laminate Flooring

What Is Tile Flooring?

The varieties of tile are virtually endless, allowing the homeowner to create or choose from different colors, styles, and sizes. Tile costs less than hardwood and is relatively easy to maintain.

Faux wood tiles are ceramic or porcelain tiles with a wood pattern or motif painted on them.

Pros of Tile

  • More durable and cost less than hardwood flooring
  • Resistant to spills
  • Generally, does not fade over time

Cons of Tile

  • Cold, slippery surface
  • Tiles can crack and need repair


Carpeting can involve more maintenance than other types of flooring because it requires vacuuming, and it can be more difficult to remove stains and ground-in dirt. They can also be an impediment to wheelchair users. However, carpeting is slip-resistant and softer than other flooring types.

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Which Flooring Option Is Right for You?

When choosing the right flooring, consider the following questions:

  • What room do you need flooring for?
  • Is it a high-traffic area that needs durable flooring?
  • How much money have you budgeted for flooring?

You do not have to make the decision alone. If you are in Maui, Hawaii, consult the Maui carpet and flooring specialists at Naka’s Drapery.

Maui Carpet and Flooring

At Naka’s Drapery, we know the ins and outs of floor installation. We can help you answer any questions you have about flooring and carpeting. We have experience with Maui home design and real estate trends, so we can work with you to select top-of-the-line flooring that complements your décor.

If you are renovating your flooring or just want to give your home interior a new look, consider window treatments to complement your furniture and flooring and to control light levels in the house.

In houses with light flooring and large windows, the room might look too bright without shades or blinds. Window treatments can also give you some privacy, add color accents to a room, and create a focal point for the room’s décor. Consider how wooden shutters could accentuate a dining room with a rustic country décor or how sleek mini blinds could accent a home office.

Choose Naka’s Drapery for Your Flooring

The installation technicians at Naka’s Drapery are experts at flooring and carpeting, but we handle many other interior designs and remodeling services, including window treatments, blinds, and shades. For quality installation and unparalleled customer service, call (808) 876-1615 for the Maui carpet and flooring specialists at Naka’s Drapery.



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Bobby Nakamura

Third-generation of Naka's legacy, Bobby brings over 30 years of industry experience, a passion for design, and a love for food and travel.

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