Which flooring works best for what rooms? There’s no one right answer—it all depends on personal taste, budget and how much time and work you’re able to put into maintenance. Check out the list below to learn more about flooring options and see what piques your interest.
Although it can be expensive to install hardwood floors, many people feel it’s worth the cost. Hardwood is durable, easy to clean and many are waterproof and scratch resistant, making it perfect for high-traffic areas like the living room and hallways. There are also many types of wood and colors to choose from, and you can even choose your own stain color if you select unfinished hardwood.
Carpeting can give your home that cozy look you’ve always wanted. Like hardwood, carpet is a great choice for living rooms, bedrooms and hallways. Although it may not be as easy to clean as hardwood, it’s cheaper to install and is much softer and quieter. There are plenty of patterns, colors and types of carpeting to choose from, though we recommend carpets with high stain resistance if you have kids and/or pets.
Kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms need flooring that can handle the amount of moisture and spills these rooms see daily. For these rooms, tiles are a much better choice than hardwood or carpet. Although more difficult to install, they are extremely durable and (unless you’re using stones like marble or slate) require far less maintenance than other flooring.
Looking for cost-effective yet durable flooring? Vinyl flooring is waterproof and scratch resistant plastic which is both cheap and easy to install. They work great for areas like kitchens, hallways and even bathrooms due to their water resistance. Plus (for those who hate having cold feet), vinyl is warmer than most tile flooring.
If you like the look of wood, stone or tile floors but don’t like the price of them, you may want to check out laminate flooring. Laminate flooring not only looks like the real thing, but is also very durable, scratch resistant and waterproof. This means it works great in both bathrooms and kitchens where spills are bound to happen.