Types of House Flooring

When re-flooring in your home, there are so many options making it hard to make that final decision! While searching for a new floor replacement in your home, you’ll need to consider the benefits of each type for specific rooms. With house flooring materials that include laminate, hardwood, pre-finished hardwood and even engineered hardwood floors there is no doubt that you’ll need to put your best thinking cap on when learning more about the types of house flooring!

Types of flooring

  • Vinyl
  • Ceramic
  • Hardwood
  • Laminate
  • Linoleum
  • Porcelain
  • Engineered Hardwood
  • Bamboo
  • Pre-finished Hardwood
  • Cork
  • Stone
  • Concrete

With all of these options, how can you narrow down your search?

You need to factor where you will be placing the floor since the material is highly dependent on which room you want to lay it down in. I’ll narrow it down for you and present the options that are usually the floor(s) of choice for most home owners:

  • Laminate
  • Hardwood
  • Engineered Hardwood
  • Pre-finished Hardwood
  • Ceramic
  • Vinyl
  • Cork

1. Laminate

  • There are so many 1different colors and styles. This material can look like stone, ceramic and even mimic hardwood.
  • Laminate is extremely resistant to stains and scratches which makes it perfect for heavy traffic areas and is especially helpful if your house has pets or children constantly running throughout it.
  • Laminate is cheaper than hardwood and can cost around $5-$15/square ft.
  • Laminate can also last 20+ years!
  • Not ideal for bathrooms or other areas that can be damp.

2. Hardwood 

  • Hardwood looks very 2beautiful and gives your house a charming comfortable vibe. It’s also available in a range of colors that can match any room perfectly.
  • Hardwood can be easy to scratch, so it isn’t recommended for areas that could be prone to heavy foot traffic.
  • Hardwood requires resealing about every 3-4 years, unless it has been given a factory sealed finish, in which case it could last longer.
  • Hardwood is also very eco-friendly when compared to other types of flooring.
  • Hardwood can collect dirt and debris more easily and can also cost you around $5-$20/square ft.

3. Engineered Hardwood

  • Engineered hardwood3 looks virtually the same as hardwood.
  • Engineered hardwood has an enhanced internal balance which reduces warping and twisting of the boards. It is fairly resistant to humidity.
  • Engineered hardwood is ideally placed in basements or cottages because it looks like hardwood but can go where hardwood cannot.
  • Engineered hardwood can vary in price but can range around $2-$20/square ft.

4. Pre-finished Hardwood

  • Pre-finished hardwood 4can look just like any other kind of hardwood, which is great if you want the look without spending as much money.
  • Pre-finished hardwood is fairly durable and can last 20+ years.
  • Pre-finished hardwood is quite sturdy and can resist moisture and stains easily.
  • Pre-finished hardwood can vary in price and can range around $4-$10/square ft.
  • Pre-finished hardwood is ideal in most areas surrounding your home, because it is shockingly resistant to scratches when compared to regular hardwood.

5. Ceramic Tile

  • Ceramic tile is most practically 6placed in bathrooms as it is resistant to moisture and scratches.
  • Ceramic tile also looks great in kitchens and comes in a variety of styles and colors.
  • Ceramic tile is very easy to clean, but the grout between the tiles can get dirty so frequent cleaning is recommended for long-lasting results.
  • Ceramic tile can be cold to the touch though, so in a bathroom it can be good after a shower but in the morning can be a little shocking on the feet – placing bath mats around your sink and toilet might be preferred.
  • Ceramic tile can cost anywhere from $1-$20/square ft.

6. Vinyl

  • With vinyl flooring 5there is an enormous amount of variety to choose from. It comes in both sheet style or tile.
  • Vinyl floor is best placed in a bathroom because it is quite thick.
  • Vinyl is extremely easy to install, but it doesn’t look as nice as the other preferred floor types.
  • Vinyl can cost $2-$10/square ft.
  • Vinyl is also susceptible to scratches, stains and wear and tear. Vinyl isn’t typically long-lasting so low traffic areas are recommended to make your vinyl floor last as long as it can.

7. Cork 

  • Cork flooring looks really 7magnificent and unique! Very ideal for bedrooms because it is softer than other flooring and is a good substitute if you’re used to carpet in your bedroom.
  • Cork can also be put in the bathroom but will need a protecting sealant to make it resistant to damp, which can be an additional cost.
  • Cork is also eco-friendly and hypoallergenic!
  • Available in interlocking planks for a floating floor appearance or in tile style – it is also available in many different styles and colours.
  • Although cork seems pretty fantastic, it can be costly which can be a deal breaker for people who are considering it.
  • Cork ranges in price from $7-$20/square ft.

Look at all of these options! Hopefully all of these listed types of house flooring will give you some inspiration and help you make your final decision. From eco-friendly flooring to heavily engineered flooring – at least you know which style might fit better for the different rooms in your house. If all of these options are simply too overwhelming and you’d like some help, give HPT a call!

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