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Types of Flooring for Homes

 

DIFFERENT TYPES OF FLOORING FOR HOMES & REMODELING PROJECTS

Are you wanting to know your best flooring options for your new home or remodeling project?  Here is a list of the more popular types of flooring for homes,  a good visual representation of each, some highlights and where each can be installed —  plus a little of what you may anticipate concerning the maintenance and design options.  

 

– CARPET– LINOLEUM– TILE
     Wall to Wall       Ceramic
     Carpet Tile– POLISHED CONCRETE      Porcelain
              Travertine
  – CORK    – STONE      Slate Marble
         Limestone      Granite
– HARDWOOD        Travertine      Onyx
      Solid        Natural      Quartzite
      Engineered        Terrazzo 
      Bamboo        Marble – VINYL
        Porcelain        LVP
– LAMINATE        Wood Effect Porcelain        LVT
         WPC

 

When it comes to home flooring, you have a lot of options. Some of the several factors to consider when weighing your options regarding flooring is where it can be installed, the upkeep, and the available styles & colors. Your flooring needs may vary throughout your home, but there is an array of choices that fit any lifestyle and budget. It’s important to not only pick a type that matches your decor and style but also to consider the various materials available and the pros and cons of each.

 

FLOORING SUGGESTIONS

 

POPULAR FLOORING OPTIONS

(*ABOVE GRADE = ANY LEVEL OF THE HOUSE ABOVE GROUND, *BELOW GRADE = ANY LEVEL THAT IS BELOW THE EARTH’S SURFACE)

BAMBOO FLOORING

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  • Where should Bamboo Flooring be installed? Engineered Bamboo Flooring can be installed both above & below grade, but Solid Bamboo Flooring can only be installed above grade.
  • Maintenance: Sweep, dust, vacuum floors regularly – for spills use a damp cloth, no wet mops or steam cleaning.
  • Available Styles: Contemporary look and limited to a few tonal shades.
  • Highlights: Eco-friendly, but prone to scratches and dings.

WALL TO WALL CARPETING

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  • Where should Wall to Wall Carpet be installed? Carpet can be installed on any level, but it is not recommended for kitchens, bathrooms, or laundry rooms.
  • Maintenance: Vacuum regularly, spot clean spills.
  • Available Styles: Wide range of styles, colors, and textures.
  • Highlights: Warm, feels good under the feet, makes for a good sound barrier and style variety.

CARPET TILE 

CARPET TILE
  • Where should Carpet Tiles be installed? Carpet Tile can be installed anywhere, but it is mainly installed in commercial settings and high traffic areas.
  • Maintenance:  Vacuum regularly & spot clean stains. Individual tiles can be easily replaced if ruined, so remember to order a few extra.
  • Available Styles:  Wide variety of styles, colors, textures, shapes, and sizes.
  • Highlights: Easy maintenance, versatile, and endless design possibilities.

CORK FLOORING

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  • Where should Cork Flooring be installed? Glue Down Cork Flooring can be installed anywhere, but a Floating Cork Floor should not be installed anywhere that is prone to getting wet.  Great choice for play areas or commercial spaces
  • Maintenance: Sweep regularly and damp mop the floor at least once a week. 
  • Available Styles: Limited palette of colors.
  • Highlights: Naturally fire resistant, soft and cushiony, hypoallergenic, but it is not pet-friendly and requires sealing.

ENGINEERED FLOORING

ENGINEERED
  • Where should Engineered Flooring be installed? Engineered Flooring can be installed both above and below grade.
  • Maintenance: Dry mop or vacuum daily, clean spills immediately.
  • Available Styles: Many different species, dimensions, and edge details. Smooth, hand scraped or embossed textures.
  • Highlights: Can be installed over radiant heating, good aesthetics, but the surface can be easily damaged.


SOLID HARDWOOD FLOORING

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  • Where should Hardwood be installed? Solid Hardwood Floors can be installed above grade only.
  • Maintenance: Dust or sweep daily & vacuum or mop weekly. 
  • Available Styles: Many different species, dimensions, and edge details. Smooth, hand scraped or embossed textures.
  • Highlights: Increases value of a home, easy maintenance, but can be costly.

LAMINATE FLOORING

LAMINATE
  • Where should Laminate Flooring be installed? Laminate Floors can be installed both above & below grade.
  • Maintenance: Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor regularly. Use a damp cloth to blot up spills. Do not use steam cleaners or wet mops.
  • Available Styles: Made to imitate wood, plastic, stone, or tile.  Smooth, hand scraped or embossed textures.
  • Highlights: Can be installed over radiant heating, almost impervious to dents and scratches, but repetition pattern.

LINOLEUM FLOORING

LINOLEUM
  • Where should Linoleum Flooring be installed?  Linoleum Floors can be installed both above & below grade. 
  • Maintenance: Dust-mop daily, mop with lukewarm or cool water.
  • Available Styles: Made to imitate wood, plastic, stone, or tile.  
  • Highlights: Design variety, durable, eco-friendly, but it is susceptible to moisture damage.

POLISHED CONCRETE 

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  • Where should Polished Concrete be installed?  Polished Concrete Floors can be installed both above & below grade. 
  • Maintenance: Sweep, dust mop or vacuum thoroughly. Wash with a lightly dampened mop.
  • Available Styles: It can be colored or stained to match any hue, choice of finishes that resemble tile, slate, or marble. Decorative stenciled borders, medallions and other custom graphics available.
  • Highlights: Very durable, easy to maintain, long-lasting, but not good for standing on for long periods of time.

RUBBER FLOORING

RUBBER
  • Where should Rubber Flooring be installed?  Rubber Floors can be installed both above & below grade. 
  • Maintenance: Sweep or vacuum on a regular basis, wet mop spills.
  • Available Styles: Available textures include rivets, dimples, or studs.  Print colors and patterns options.
  • Highlights: Durable, easy maintenance, quiet, but can be costly.

STONE FLOORING

STONE
  • Where should Stone be installed? Stone Floors can be installed both above & below grade. 
  • Maintenance: Vacuum or sweep daily, mop with a wet mop.
  • Available Styles: Limestone, travertine, natural, terrazzo, marble, porcelain, and wood effect porcelain. 
  • Highlights: Can be installed over radiant heating, easy to clean and maintain, very durable, but the product and the installation can be expensive.

TILE FLOORING

TILE
  • Where should Tile be installed? Tile can be installed anywhere.
  • Maintenance: Vacuum or sweep daily, mop with a wet mop.
  • Available Styles: Ceramic, porcelain, travertine, slate marble, granite, onyx, and quartzite.
  • Highlights: Can be installed over radiant heating,  endless design options, very durable, but can become costly and a hard surface to walk on.

LVP FLOORING

LVP
  • Where should LVP be installed? LVP Floors can be installed both above and below grade.
  • Maintenance: Sweep your floors regularly to remove loose dirt and grit. Wipe up any spills as soon as possible. Do not use steam.
  • Available Styles: Luxurious wood looks and natural stone.
  • Highlights:  Pet-friendly, water & stain resistant, low maintenance, and inexpensive.

LVT FLOORING

LVT
  • Where should LVT be installed? LVT Floors can be installed anywhere.
  • Maintenance: Sweep your floors regularly to remove loose dirt and grit. Wipe up any spills as soon as possible. Do not use steam.
  • Available Styles: Luxurious wood looks and natural stone.
  • Highlights:  Pet-friendly, water & stain resistant, low maintenance, and inexpensive.

WPC FLOORING

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  • Where should WPC be installed? WPC Floors can be installed anywhere.
  • Maintenance: Sweep your floors regularly to remove loose dirt and grit. Wipe up any spills as soon as possible. Do not use steam.
  • Available Styles: Luxurious wood looks and natural stone.
  • Highlights:  Waterproof, resistant to UV light and its color does not fade easily, eco-friendly, pet-friendly, and easy to maintain.

 

Some questions to ask yourself before purchasing your floors:

1. Are you having the flooring installed in a room where it might come in contact with water or moisture?

  • If your answer is Yes, you want flooring that is manufactured for medium to high moisture areawhich includes WPC flooring, concrete, ceramic or porcelain tile, and vinyl tile.
  • If your answer is No, moisture is not a problem then, all your flooring options are open.

2. Do you have inside pets or young kids? 

  • If your answer is Yes, you will need a floor with high wear resistance. Your best options for flooring will be ceramic or porcelain tile, laminate flooring, WPC flooring, or even carpeting.
  • If your answer is No, durability is not the main specification. Your flooring options are still open.

3. What is your budget?

  • Cheap – my floors only need to look good for a short period of time. Your best options will be a Laminate floor, for example, Corfu Laminate.
  • Economical – I am wanting to get the best quality for the least amount of money. Your best options will be an LVP or LVT floor. A good example is Legends LVT.
  • Money is not a factor – Your best options will be a stone or hardwood floor.

 

4. Do You Want To Install Your Flooring By Yourself?

If your answer is Yes, I am a DIY’er who likes to save money. Then your best options will be either a laminate or vinyl flooring. 

If your answer is No, I don’t think that would be a good idea. Then, the choice is yours. (But, keep in mind that many online and local flooring retailers do not offer installation, although most retailers have a list of installers in your area that they recommend.)

5. Do You Want Flooring That Requires Very Little Maintenance?

If your answer is Yes, that is the main factor I am looking for. Your best option for flooring will be any kind of vinyl flooring like tile, sheet, or plank. Your second option will be laminate flooring.

If your answer is No, I don’t mind cleaning my floors every day. Then, a great option for you would be Cork flooring.

 

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