Flooring Types: What to consider when choosing the right flooring for your home

flooring types - choosing the right flooring for your home

What is the best flooring type for your lifestyle?

The ideal flooring type for your home depends on your preferences, lifestyle, and desired aesthetic. Before choosing a type of flooring, it is important to carefully consider your daily routines and how they might influence your decision. For insight into the different flooring options available, we spoke with Mike Touey, carpenter at Ryann Reed Design  Build.

If you have kids or pets, durability and ease of cleaning are key. You will need a flooring material that resists stains, scratches, and general wear and tear.  Mike recommends “Laminate or vinyl floors are great for families with children and pets because they are less prone to wear and tear over time”. For frequent entertainers, these considerations are similarly important. If you have a pool or hot tub, slip resistance and waterproof qualities for floors near those areas are crucial. For those who prefer low maintenance, opt for flooring types that do not require refinishing or resurfacing. You might find carpet cozier for bedrooms or you might prioritize eco-friendly materials.

All of these factors can influence the type of flooring you choose. Let’s take a look at the different types of flooring and what comes into play when making the right choice for your space.

Hardwood Flooring 

Hardwood flooring is a timeless and popular choice known for its natural beauty and durability. It is available in various wood species, such as oak, maple, cherry, and walnut, each offering unique grain patterns and colors. Hardwood flooring adds warmth to any room, can last for decades, and increases the value of your home.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a cost-effective alternative to hardwood that mimics the look of wood, stone, or tile. It comprises a photographic layer sandwiched between a protective top layer and a fiberboard core. Laminate flooring is less expensive than other flooring, is resistant to scratches, stains, and fading, and is suitable for DIY projects. 

Vinyl Flooring 

Vinyl flooring has evolved significantly and is now available in luxurious styles that mimic hardwood, tile, and stone. It comes in sheets, tiles, or planks and is known for its resilience and water resistance. Vinyl flooring is ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, and basements, is resistant to scratches, stains, and dents, and has a softer underfoot.

Tile Flooring

Tile flooring includes ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone options. It is highly durable and available in various colors, sizes, and textures.  Tile flooring is hard and long-lasting, and is a great choice for bathrooms and kitchens because it is waterproof and easy to clean and maintain.   Mike mentioned, “For a full bathroom, I always think a nice tile floor is the way to go but for a quick and cheaper option.

Bamboo Flooring 

Bamboo flooring is an eco-friendly option that resembles hardwood but is made from the fast-growing bamboo plant. It is available in both solid and engineered forms.  Bamboo flooring is a renewable material, has great strength and longevity, and offers a unique and modern look. 

Carpet Flooring 

Carpet is a popular choice for bedrooms and living rooms due to its warmth and softness. It comes in various materials, including wool, nylon, polyester, and olefin.  Carpet flooring offers warmth and comfort, provides sound and thermal insulation, and is available in countless colors, textures, and patterns.  

Selecting the right flooring type for your home involves considering various factors such as durability, maintenance, cost, and aesthetic preferences. Each type of flooring has its unique benefits and potential drawbacks. By understanding these differences, you can choose the flooring that best suits your lifestyle and enhances the beauty and functionality of your home. Happy flooring shopping!