How to Choose Flooring

A new floor can change the entire look of a room, and finding that perfect style of flooring for each room in your house is key. But your new floor must be more than just stylish – it is important to consider the needs of your home to ensure that your flooring is the best match for your room and budget.

The kitchen is one of the main gathering areas in any home. In here, moisture protection and durability are the big considerations.

Tile is waterproof and very durable, with a lot of design options available. But it can be unforgiving to dropped dishes!

For a good, budget friendly alternative to tile, vinyl is easier to install and looks and feels like real tile.

Hardwood is an increasingly popular kitchen choice, and while it isn’t as durable or waterproof as tile, it looks great and can add value to your home.

An alternative to hardwood is laminate flooring.

Laminate is manufactured to look like real wood but is more resistant to scratches and dents.

Another busy room is the living room. The main concern here isn’t moisture, but rather durability and comfort.

For that reason, carpet is a popular choice. It’s soft, warm, and inviting. It is easy to install over all subfloor types, but it does not resist all stains and may need to be periodically steam cleaned.

Hardwood is more durable to traffic, and spills wipe up easily. It also comes in a range of prices and styles, and while scratches and dents are a concern, hardwood adds value and warmth to the room.

There are also hardwood alternatives, such as engineered wood or laminate floors. Engineered wood is made of a fiberboard core with a hardwood veneer face. It retains the natural wood look but is more durable than hardwood.

The bathroom won’t see as much traffic as the kitchen or living room, but it still needs to strike a balance between utility and beauty.

Controlling moisture is a major concern in bathrooms.

Vinyl flooring is waterproof, stain proof, and is budget friendly. It’s easy to install and easy to clean, and has come a long way in texture and design to look more like real tile.

Ceramic tile floor is also waterproof,  and has a great classic look. Tile can be more

durable than vinyl, but it is more time-consuming to install and can be cold on your bare feet unless you have a heated floor underneath.

There is even tile that looks like hardwood. This flooring combines the beauty of hardwood with the durability and moisture protection of tile.

By taking the time to consider how your room will be used, the budget and installation time you have available, you can choose the perfect flooring style for every room in your house.

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