Types of Flooring and How to Decide Between Them


When building or renovating a home, flooring is crucial. After all, without flooring, the house isn’t really a house as we know it. Flooring provides structure, safety, and aesthetics. For these reasons, it’s important to consider all of your options when deciding on what type of flooring to purchase and install, just as important as it is to consider who will install the flooring in your home or apartment.

First, it’s important to know what room you plan to install new flooring in. A flooring store can help you decide which brand and pattern and even specific specialty material to use, but if you installing flooring in a kitchen, for example, you probably don’t want to purchase carpet. Carpet in a kitchen would lead to stains and could even potentially become a fire hazard. Floor tile, for example, would be a safer option. Tile would clean easily as well as resist damage and fires more easily than carpeting. Laminate flooring is another solid option for a kitchen. Laminate flooring proves as easy to clean as tile but isn’t nearly as expensive. Both tile and laminate flooring are also good choices for bathroom or mud room flooring. In any place where dirt and grime or any type of mess is likely to be common, flooring should reflect that as best as possible.

You’ll find another viable option in hardwood floors. Hardwood floors provide a look a effortless elegance, and are truly suitable for any room in any building. Hardwood floors clean relatively easily and, though it’s important to take good care of them, are often very durable. To mimic the look of hardwood floors without the sometimes prohibitive cost, vinyl plank floors can step in and do the job just as nicely. Vinyl plank can provide the upgraded appearance of hardwood at a fraction of the cost and are often also incredibly easy to care for and clean.

Unless one has a lot of background knowledge and experience in installing new floors, it’s best to seek outside counsel at a flooring store. Employees at such stores specialize in floors and can help you decide what to purchase and who to hire to install it. They can help you budget most effectively and choose something you’ll be happy with for years to come.

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