Solid Hardwood Flooring is extremely durable. It adds warmth and pulls rooms together visually. This makes it the perfect choice for open floor plans. It's also warmer on your bare feet and easier on your back than tile flooring. It's versatile; it can be sanded and refinished. This selection adds to the resale value, making it a solid investment.
Note that it expands and contracts in response to the level of humidity. It isn't recommended for high-moisture areas like the kitchen or bathrooms unless the hardwood has been sealed. Resealing the surface will have to be done every five or six years.
Engineered Wood Flooring is a great alternative to using solid hardwoods. You're still getting hardwoods but they're plied together in three to five layers. Constructed in a cross-grain fashion, this flooring is even stronger than solid pieces of wood. Having more structural integrity, it's not going to warp, buckle or form gaps.
It's a much better choice for kitchen remodeling and it's more suitable for bathroom flooring, too. You can even consider this flooring option below grade (basement level). It can be installed directly on concrete without a sub-floor.
Bamboo Flooring is extremely popular in this eco-friendly era. It costs more than hardwood flooring but it's considerably more durable. Bamboo is also sound-absorbing and quite comfortable to walk on.
It's okay for kitchens and bathrooms when sealed. Cutting can be tricky for the non-professional DIY installer. In fact, allow up to 10% for waste depending on your skill level and the floor layout.
Laminate Flooring is the most economical option when you want a traditional look. There's no trade-off here for durability as evidenced by some manufacturers providing warranties for up to thirty years. It's a good choice for high-moisture areas.
It's available in finishes that resemble wood, marble, and even stone. Get the look without the expense.
Ceramic Tile is durable; It's also water and stain resistant. The tiles are easy to clean and don't absorb odors. It's a good choice for your kitchen remodeling needs, as well as your laundry room, home spa and bathrooms. Non-slip textured surfaces are available.
For older house remodeling, please note that the tiles will be prone to cracking if there's any structural movement in the floor. Get around this by replacing the sub-floor.
Marble Flooring gives unique results with variations in color and pattern. All of the marble should come from the same batch for the best match. Marble can be polished to a high-gloss finish. It's porous and won't tolerate moisture without a sealant. Expect to reseal it every 6-12 months.
Use floor mats for kitchens and bathrooms; Marble is extremely slippery when wet. It also cracks rather easily. It's hard to install, expensive to remove and, when home remodeling, it's sometimes best to install a new floor directly over it.
Carpet is available in everything from low-budget to mid-range synthetic blends to costly, luxurious 100% wool. Synthetics can last for years but the life of your carpeting is largely determined by its quality and the amount of traffic it gets.
Linoleum is made from all-natural materials like cork dust, limestone and wood flour that have been recycled. It biodegradable and antibacterial. It's highly durable and can be custom-cut to create unique one-of-a-kind patterns. It's a smart choice when restoring or redecorating older homes because it harmonizes with the earlier period interior designs. Installation is a challenge because it's stiffer than vinyl and harder to work with than most other flooring options.