When it comes to flooring, there are many kinds you can choose from that all serve a different purpose. Some are harder and not as easy to stain, which are usually best for the areas of your home where you have food and drinks. In other cases, you might want to take the chance with a flooring more susceptible to stains for a cozier and warmer feel. Here are the most common types of floors you can choose from and when they will best fit your needs.
Carpet: Carpet is a great choice for bedrooms and other areas where you would want more insulation and better sound-proofing. This is the type of flooring that can make your home feel cozier, can be safer for pets and small children, and is available in a wide array of colors and materials to suit your needs. On the down side, carpeting can be hard to clean and easily stained.
Hardwood: Hardwood floors are known for being very durable, easy to clean, and are on a “want” list for many current homebuyers. Though they are very reliable, they can be easily scratched which may require more maintenance, and are on the pricier side of our flooring list. Using hardwood throughout many rooms in the home can help create a sense of continuity, and might even increase the value of your home.
Laminate: Laminate floors can give you the hardwood feel for a cheaper price and are pretty low maintenance. Most laminate flooring is able to click together, allowing for quick and easy installation; however, they cannot be refinished and some have an artificial look. Laminate can be installed over other layers of flooring, and comes in thousands of colors and styles to match your taste!
Ceramic and Stone Tile: These options can give your home a beautiful natural look with a variety of colors, textures, and sizes. Many ceramic and stone options are water-proof and easy to clean. Depending on the type of material you choose, these tiles can increase the resale value of your home! Tiles do require maintenance every few years, and can be slippery when wet.
Linoleum: Linoleum is an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to floor your home. This floor is pretty stain resistant, and comes in a variety of colors. Linoleum isn’t the strongest type of flooring, so it can be damaged by heavy furniture and footsteps. Water and moisture can also damage linoleum, so it’s best used in rooms other than the laundry room.
Vinyl: Vinyl is a tough, low-maintenance, water-resistant, and durable option for your home’s flooring. These floors are relatively quiet and can be installed over most existing floors, saving some hassle and money. Some types of vinyl can look synthetic, which might be a con for some buyers, and they are not as environmentally friendly as other options.