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  • Micaela Battistesa

Flooring Renovation. A world of possibilities...

Updated: Dec 17, 2023

To choose flooring, it’s best to start by determining what you need.

How to Choose Flooring. Consider these factors:

  • Room: Some floors like carpet or hardwood, aren’t ideal for every space in your home

  • Family Situation: pets, kids, easy cleaning need spill-proof and scratch-resistant flooring for this kind of situation

  • Budget: Price varies widely, so you need to know what you need and what is out of your budget

  • Installation Requirements: Some materials need an underlayment or pad, which may cost extra. Some floor come with underlayment, so check first

  • Style: some types work better than others to create the right aesthetic. Match your design

  • Return on Investment (ROI): Higher cost or quality often means a better long-term investment

1. Hardwood Flooring

Positive factors:

  • popular for its visual appeal

  • many varietals available to vary color and style

  • high ROI

  • can be resurfaced every 3-5 years

  • best for shared living spaces

Negative factors

  • expensive compared to other top flooring materials

  • can develop scrapes, scratches and dents over time

  • can incur moisture damage

2. Laminate Flooring

Positive factors:

  • lower price than hardwood

  • ease of installation

  • durability

  • variety of colors and styles, like natural wood

  • good for high-traffic areas

Negative factors

  • prone to moisture damage

  • difficult to repair

  • not ideal for kitchens or bathrooms

3. Vinyl or Linoleum

Positive factors:

  • affordable

  • versatile

  • great for high-traffic areas

  • easy to maintain

  • DIY installation possible

Negative factors

  • lower ROI vs. wood or laminate

  • less popular due to appearance

Laminate and vinyl flooring are budget-friendly choices for any remodeling project. People often confuse these similar products, but they do have some important differences. Luxury vinyl products are waterproof and reasonably tough, while laminate planks are slightly cheaper and easier to care for. In many other respects, these wood flooring options are evenly matched.

4. Porcelain or Ceramic Tile Flooring

Porcelain and ceramic tiles are often considered one in the same. However, there are significant differences in each tile’s porosity and makeup. Though both are made of clay baked in a kiln, that’s where their similarities end.

  • Ceramic: made of red, white, or brown clay and kiln-fired at a lower temperature. It’s softer, more porous, less dense, and more affordable.

  • Porcelain: is a subtype of ceramic. It’s a blend of refined white clay, sand, and feldspar. They’re baked at a higher temperature, which decreases the water content within them. As a result, it’s harder, denser, less porous, and more expensive.

5. Carpet

Positive factors:

  • cost-effective

  • soft and warm on feet

  • multiple colors and designs available

  • great for soundproofing

  • stain-resistant varieties exist

Negative factors

  • difficult to maintain – professional cleaning recommended at least once a year

  • can absorb smells

  • not great for homes with pets

  • not recommended for moisture-prone areas: kitchen, bathroom

Your choice of flooring is one of the most important decisions you have to make when it comes to improving your home.

Most Durable Flooring

The most durable hard flooring types are vinyl sheet

Best Type of Flooring for Dogs, Cats or Other Pets

The ideal flooring for pets is non-slip porcelain or stone tile. This waterproof surface is less likely to scratch or wear underfoot.

Best Whole House Flooring

If you’re installing the same flooring for the whole house, you’ll probably want solid hardwood or tile. These materials work well in most rooms.

Best Eco-Friendly or Sustainable Flooring Materials

The best recycled flooring materials are bamboo and cork. Cork also provides additional insulation with an R-value about 1.125, the highest of indoor hard surfaces.

Easiest to Install, DIY or Maintain

Vinyl plank or sheet is the easiest to install or maintain. All you need to do is sweep it regularly and mop on occasion.

Cheapest Type

With prices very low per square foot for materials, the cheapest flooring types are vinyl or carpet.

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