So you’ve decided you want to replace your flooring, before you start picking out new flooring it’s important that you choose the kind that’s best suited for each room.
All Over The House
Laminate: It’s inexpensive, scratch-resistant, easy to clean and can look like real wood or tile. It’s important to note that standing water will ruin it and in that case it can’t be refinished like hardwood can.
Vinyl: It’s inexpensive, water and stain resistant, and quiet and comfortable to walk on. It can be dented and torn so take good care of it. Although it can be used in any room, it’s especially good for laundry rooms because it will absorb the noise from your washing machine and dryer.
Kitchen, Bathroom And Laundry Room
Tile: It’s durable, scratch-resistant, water resistant, and easy to clean. However it is loud and cold to walk on, if it happens to crack it’s somewhat difficult to repair. Also, the grout between the tiles can get stained.
Bedroom, Living Room And Hallways
Hardwood: It’s easy to clean and has a great resale value. However, it can be ruined if it gets wet and it needs to be refinished once in a while. It’s best in low-traffic areas in order to preserve it.
Carpet: It’s quiet, soft, and warm to walk on, easy to install and can go over uneven subfloors. However it is stainable, can hide dirt, and has to be steam cleaned.
Cork: It’s a good insulator, absorbs sound, is environmentally friendly, antimicrobial and resistant to mold. The downside is that it can fade in sunlight, it’s moldable and could get damaged under furniture and it will swell with moisture.