When it comes to flooring options for your home there are so many options it can be difficult to know which is best. You may even opt for a few different kinds of flooring depending on the specific use of the room. It also helps to know how much prep or what types of prep or underlay your flooring may require. Here are some of the most common flooring types available and a few key details about each.
Less expensive than stone, waterproof and with fewer associated issues, ceramic tile is a very popular and low maintenance option for homeowners. Colour options are endless which means that you will be able to find something that flows with the other decor and colour choices already in your home. Ceramic tile comes in different sizes, is relatively simple to install, and can be heated for toasty toes during the colder months of the year. A smooth surface makes it easy to keep clean with a simple sweep and mop, and most ceramic tiles are durable and can stand the rigours of family life with kids and critters.
Another very popular choice, laminate won’t break the bank and can also be found in a variety of colours, widths and even textures. Many laminates are very durable and will resist water damage. It installs quickly whether you opt for the snap together variety or the glued type, and it can withstand all types of traffic and household uses, from your kitchen to your bathrooms to entry ways.
Beautiful, classic and often environmentally friendly, hardwood is another great choice that allows homeowners the ability to have it refinished when they tire of their floor colour. Although it is a fairly durable floor and small scratches or dings can be buffed out, hardwood isn’t the best choice for bathrooms as it is not moisture resistant.
If you just can’t live without the look of hardwood, an option you should consider is engineered wood flooring. The plywood base gives the flooring some moisture protection, and the top layer is actually hardwood so you don’t have to sacrifice the style you’re after. Engineered wood can also be very environmentally friendly, just look for products that have been harvested from well managed forests.
If you’re looking for something easy on the pocketbook, durable, and with a wide range of colour, designs and styles that can be installed in virtually any room in your home, don’t discount vinyl flooring. This flooring type is far less expensive than most other flooring choices and is simple to maintain.
Carpet is often the warmest and most comfortable option, although it would be odd to see it installed in a bathroom or kitchen. Often the best choice for bedrooms and family rooms, carpet can hold up well to regular traffic and be a welcoming flooring option to come home to at the end of the day. It comes in a wide variety of colours and styles to match your decor and taste.