Choosing the Best Type of Flooring for Your Home

January 20, 2015

Choosing flooring that will withstand the test of time isn’t always easy. Factors that go into choosing the best flooring for your home likely include cost, durability, maintenance, and the amount of moisture or traffic in the room. What looks the best may not always be the most practical choice. It is much better to do a little research before paying for materials and installation than to regret it later.

 

Our list will take you through every major option to help you choose the best combination of style, affordability, sturdiness and maintenance level.

 

Tile

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Pros:

  • Wide variety of materials, colors, textures, designs, and costs

  • Durable and water resistant

  • Increases home value

  • Easy to clean

 

Cons:

  • Can chip or crack

  • Grout requires maintenance and cleaning

  • Cold and loud

 

Perfect for:

Bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and other high-traffic rooms that experience moisture exposure and temperature fluctuation

 

Hardwood

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Pros:

  • Classic look and feel

  • Increases home value

  • Relatively easy to maintain

  • Compliments nearly every decorative style

 

Cons:

  • Can be warped by sitting water or changes in temperature and humidity

  • Footprints, dust, and dirt may show up more easily

  • Expensive

  • Can be scuffed or marked

 

Perfect for:

Formal dining rooms, living rooms and other rooms with low levels of foot traffic. Hardwood flooring should be covered with rugs if installed in foyers or hallways, and should also be protected from furniture with the use of adhesive felt pads.

 

Carpet

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Pros:

  • Provides heat insulation

  • Affordable

  • Soft and comfortable look and feel

  • Range of color options and styles

  • Prevents echoing

  • Prevents slipping

 

Cons:

  • Easily stained or damaged

  • Harbors dirt, bacteria, and allergens

  • Less modern than alternative flooring types

  • Can look worn and aged quickly

  • Needs vacuuming often and occasional professional cleaning

 

Perfect for:

Bedrooms and living areas that are not frequented by pets, exposed to moisture, or at risk of frequent spills and messes 

 

Laminate

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Pros:

  • Affordable alternative to other flooring materials

  • Durable and scratch resistant for homes with pets

  • Resists stains and fading

 

Cons:

  • Can easily be damaged by water

  • If damaged it must be replaced and cannot be repaired or refinished

 

Perfect for:

Hallways, living spaces, bedrooms and other rooms that are frequented but are not exposed to moisture

 

When you decide to install new flooring in your home, call Mr. Fix It of Sierra Vista. We offer free flooring estimates, and are a licensed, bonded, insured, and certified flooring contractor. 

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