When it comes to choosing flooring for your house, it can be quite a daunting task. But by spending the time to choose the right flooring for each area of your home, you will get the best quality and the most longevity out of your floor.
One thing to love about hardwood is that it’s timeless, durable, and easy to maintain. One downside is the initial cost as hardwood can be 60 percent more than other types of flooring which is a big factor to consider, however, no matter how old your hardwood (assuming you get something quality) it can always be sanded and stained giving it a long life span for your flooring.
Vinyl is a really safe option when it comes to the flooring as it holds up well, is resistant to water, comes in a variety of options and the price is perfect for every homeowner. This type of flooring can be laid in every area of the home but excels in bathrooms and basements, however, it needs additional care to be taken that you have a proper subfloor underneath of it as it is really thin and telegraphs the sub-floor more than anything else
Though carpet is not always people's first thought, it still can add value to a home when used in the right space. It has a lot of pros too as It’s affordable, cozy, warm, and great for soundproofing. One of its main cons is how it can hold more debris than another flooring. Carpets are great for bedrooms, living rooms, and sometimes even basements.
Though tile is not as cost-effective as carpet or vinyl, it is a great way to add some character to your home as there are so many different styles and textures when it comes to tile flooring. If you’re not a fan of the coldness that tile can bring to your feet, you can always add a layer of floor heating underneath. This type of flooring is perfect for bathrooms and kitchens as it is resilient to water.
Laminate is very similar in appearance to vinyl; it differs in its material makeup and its thickness. Unlike vinyl which is made with synthetic plastic, laminate is made with wood by-products. This allows the flooring to look more wood-like and the extra thickness adds a little extra comfort. This type of flooring is great for main living areas, but we recommend avoiding bathrooms with laminate as most of the time it is not very water-resistant.