New flooring is a great way to spruce up the look of your home, but with so many options available, choosing the right flooring can seem daunting. Never before has there been such a variety of materials, colors, textures, finishes, and opportunities for customization. In order to choose the best flooring options for your home, you'll need to consider a few things ahead of time, such as your budget, your family’s lifestyle, and how much time and effort you want to put toward maintenance.
To help get you started, take a look at this handy guide to the 5 best flooring options for your home:
1. Hardwood flooring
Hardwood flooring is a classic choice due to its durability, rich coloring, and warm, natural feel. Of the hardwood species available, oak remains a popular choice, but imported exotic woods, such as Brazilian cherry or Tasmanian oak are worth considering as well. Hardwood flooring is on the upper end of the flooring cost spectrum, but variations in width, thickness, and species provide options for a range of budgets.
It’s important to note that solid hardwood flooring doesn’t work well in high-moisture rooms like bathrooms and kitchens, but engineered wood, on the other hand, holds up well to moisture. In general, hardwood flooring is easy to clean and maintain, incredibly stylish, and it can improve the resale value of your home.
Tile flooring is also available in a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, terra cotta, marble, granite, travertine, and slate. Because tiles come in a wide range of colors, textures and finishes, it’s easy to create a one-of-a-kind floor.
Since tile is water resistant, it is perfect for bathrooms, kitchens, or dining areas where food and drinks tend to be spilled frequently. Tile flooring won’t dent or scratch like wood or stain and wear out like carpet, and it’s easy to maintain. Tile flooring also works wonderfully with radiant floor heating systems.
Laminate flooring mimics the look of other floor materials by utilizing a picture of real wood, stone or tile covered with a wear-protective layer. In fact, some laminates are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. Laminate flooring is less expensive and easier to install than hardwood or tile flooring. And because it resists scratches, stains, and dents, laminate flooring is the perfect choice for households with kids or pets.
Laminate flooring is extremely durable, so it’s excellent for high-traffic areas such as hallways, foyers, or any room that sees a lot of activity. It’s important to note, however, that water can damage laminate flooring, so it’s not recommended for kitchens or bathrooms.
Vinyl flooring is a versatile, economical, and low-maintenance flooring choice. The vinyl is available in sheets and tiles and can be installed without seams depending on the size and shape of the room. Vinyl flooring offers an easy-to-clean surface and comes in a wide range of colors, patterns, and textures.
Unlike other “hard” flooring options, vinyl provides cushioning underfoot and has excellent sound absorbing qualities. Vinyl flooring is a popular choice for rooms that are prone to moisture problems, such as bathrooms and kitchens. And of all the flooring options available, vinyl is usually the most cost-effective.
5. Carpet Flooring
Carpeting offers a warmth and softness not found in other flooring options, and it comes in a huge variety of colors, patterns, textures, and materials. New synthetic fibers feature advanced stain resistance and greater resiliency, but if natural fibers are more appealing, wool carpeting tops the quality list for natural resilience, durability, and softness.
Carpet installation is typically quick and easy, and the cost of carpeting varies greatly depending on the quality and thickness of the piling, as well as the material used (wool is more expensive than synthetics). Carpet also acts as an excellent sound and heat insulator, and the soft surface offers greater cushioning than other flooring choices.
Refresh the look of your home with new flooring
If you still can’t decide which flooring option is best for your home, it might help to see your choices up close and personal. At Express Flooring To Go, our design experts will answer all your questions and help you narrow down your choices as you browse through samples in our showroom. We also offer professional installation service with a team of supervised, bonded and insured installation experts.
Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation and estimate with no obligation to buy.