"LVP, Hardwood, Laminate, Cork, Wood Look Tile….with so many flooring choices…how do I know which one to choose?!"
We are asked this question quite a bit, and we get it. There are oh-so-many types, brands, colors, styles, and textures of flooring to choose from these days, and it can get a little overwhelming; so, we are here to break down each type of flooring and walk you through our process of helping our clients decide what is best for them and their homes.
A lot of our clients come to us because the current flooring in their homes is 10-15 years old and they are looking to replace it with something new, fresh, and a little more in-style. We will typically ask them the following questions to get an idea of what might be a good flooring option for their home and lifestyle:
- Do you have a budget in mind for installing new flooring? If so, what is it? Can you give us a ballpark idea?
- What rooms are you looking to install the new floor in? (This question is important as there are types of flooring better suited for certain rooms than others).
- Do you have small children or pets?
- What is your interior style? What is more important to you; look or functionality? (You can say both!)
- Is water an issue in the area of your home where you are wanting new floors? Is the space a bathroom or kitchen? Is it off a pool or hot tub? Are pet water bowls going to be present?
Hopefully these questions have gotten your mind churning on your flooring project and what is most or least important to you when it comes to your flooring choice. Now, let us give you a breakdown of some great types of flooring on the market (and that we offer) and for what room in the home we most recommend them for:
Hardwood flooring look very nice and have a great resale value. They are easy to clean and maintain and mostly just require vacuuming. This type of flooring is timeless and will never go out of style. This is a great choice if you are looking to add some “wow” factor to a certain room in your home. We love using hardwood everywhere in the home but we recommend using something more water resistant if standing water is an issue.
Rooms We Recommend It For: The living room or a bedroom. We suggest using a rug to muffle the noise from these floors.
Tile comes in a variety of sizes and materials such as marble, porcelain, ceramic, slate, and natural stones. Ceramic is better for walls, but porcelain and most natural stones can be used for walls and floors. If installed properly, tile is the most water resistant product we carry. This type of flooring is also easy to clean.
Rooms We Recommend It For: Since tile is water resistant, we like to suggest it for bathrooms, laundry rooms or even kitchens. It can also work well in a dining room where food and drinks have the potential to be spilled.
Like carpet, vinyl can be a more quiet choice and is easy on your feet and has a natural warmth about it when walking on it. It is also more cost-friendly compared to some other types of flooring. One of our favorite things about Vinyl Planks is that they look very realistic like actual wood floors. Some are even embossed in register which means the markings you see on the floor you can feel too; so, if it looks like a knot in the plank, it will feel like one too. So you are getting the real look and feel without the cost of real hardwood!
Rooms We Recommend It For: Bedroom, basement
Cork is a good insulator. It is warm, soft, and absorbs sound well. Cork is a natural material making it environmentally friendly. It is also resistant to mold since it is antimicrobial making it safe for your family.
Rooms We Recommend It For: Bedrooms (because of it’s softness and warmth)
Laminate is great for homes that have pets or children as it is not easily scratched or stained. This type of flooring can look just like real wood or tile. It is also very easy to clean!
Rooms We Recommend It For: Rooms with high traffic areas such as a foyer or living room. It is a very durable material so can withstand areas of high activity. We don’t suggest using it in kitchens or bathrooms because it is not completely water resistant.
Now that you know the basics of the types of flooring on the market, do you have an idea of which one would work best for your flooring project? If you still have questions and would like to discuss this topic further with a flooring expert, contact us here! We are always happy to help!