When renovating your home or just a single room, changing the flooring can transform the entire space. Think about your budget, how your family uses the room, and the style you'd like to achieve, and then learn more about the most popular flooring options below.
Benefits: available in many colors and finishes, can increase the value of your home
Good to know: Popular in any space from living rooms to bedrooms, hardwood flooring will give your floors a warm, timeless look. Solid hardwood floors can be refinished a few times, but must be nailed to a subfloor and should not be laid in below ground areas, such as a basement. On the other hand, engineered wood (wood veneer over a layered plywood-like base) is more stable and resistant to climate changes.
Benefits: durable, low-maintenance, water-resistant, available in many colors and finishes
Good to know: Floor tile is a popular choice for high-traffic areas that are prone to messes or moisture, such as entryways and kitchens. It's also a smart and cooling choice in warm climates where humidity can be an issue. Floor tile comes in a variety of sizes, shapes, and materials, such as ceramic, porcelain, and stone. When it is installed, grout fills the gaps between the tiles. One of the best features of floor tile is that it can be laid in many different patterns, so you can create a design that's one of a kind.
Good to know: Cork flooring is quickly becoming a popular, eco-friendly alternative to hardwood flooring. It is created by pressing bark with resin and then baking it into sheets. It's not recommended for damp areas. Divots can form over time, so placing protective mats beneath the legs of heavy furniture is recommended.
Good to know: Bamboo is another type of hardwood floor. Because bamboo grows so quickly, it can be harvested often, making it a rapidly renewable source. Like traditional hardwood, it can be found in either solid or engineered planks.
Benefits: can be installed anywhere, damage-resistant, easy-to-clean
Good to know: A favorite choice for bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms, vinyl flooring can be found in both sheets and in tiles. Vinyl tile is a popular, easy-to-install option for people who want to take on a DIY project. It's also one of the most affordable flooring materials on the market. Color and pattern can be added to the flooring in two ways, inlaid (in which color granules are imbedded in the sheet for a higher-end look) and printed (in which color is printed onto the flooring sheets like a magazine page).
Benefits: durable, can be laid in damp spaces, such as bathrooms
Good to know: Manufactured in a variety of finishes and thicknesses, laminate flooring can give you the look of wood or stone at a lower price. It is generally made of several layers to protect the floor from fading, stains, and warping. Laminate planks are glued or snapped together for easy DIY installation.