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New flooring can dramatically alter the look of a room. Although it can be pricey, replacing old and worn carpets can up the value of your house and make it easier to sell down the line. Because of the importance of flooring, you should look at all price points and materials before taking the plunge.

What flooring is right for me?

As you look to replace your current floor, be sure to consider all material options — and there are a lot of them — and decide on what works best for you and your family. One of the most important things to consider is maintenance. If you have pets or children, carpet is often tough to keep clean, so you might prefer laminate, vinyl or wooden flooring instead. If you already have too many chores on your hands, taking the time to properly maintain true hardwood might not be worth it, especially since there are many faux wood laminate and luxury vinyl options to choose from. The initial purchase cost is important, but you also need to consider how much time and money you are willing to put into keeping the floor in tip-top shape. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most popular flooring types:

  • Laminate Flooring

    This flooring can mimic virtually any surface. It’s made up of four layers, and a high-quality photograph of wood, brick, tile, stone, or other material is used as the decorative layer. Laminate flooring is waterproof, and is easy to install and clean.

  • Engineered Wood Flooring

    This flooring is very similar to laminate flooring but the final layer is made with hardwood instead of laminate, which gives a beautiful natural wood finish. It’s durable, affordable and looks just like real wood.

  • Wood Flooring

    Wooden floors are durable, warm, hygienic and are a timeless option. There are various different types of wood to choose from including maple, cherry and oak flooring. When looked after correctly they can last for decades and complement a variety of decor themes.

  • Vinyl Flooring

    A durable and affordable option, vinyl flooring is quiet and waterproof but is not scratch, fade or heat resistant.

  • Carpets

    Carpets are warm, soft and quiet and come in a range of colours, materials and styles.

What flooring is most durable?

Flooring tiles, especially ceramic tiles, are very durable due to their hardness, whilst laminate flooring also fares well in high traffic areas. Engineered and solid wood with a strong hardness rating are also durable and resilient.

What flooring is best for each room?

Another key element to consider is what works best where. Most people prefer soft, comfortable flooring in their bedroom or living room, so you might choose carpet over hardwood, tile or stone, because those three lack the fluff and padding that carpet often provides. Due to their heavy traffic and ability to attract dirt, entryways and kitchens work best with hardwood or lacquer, and stone and tile are preferred in bathrooms. Popular preferences aren’t your only options, though, so be sure to explore other eclectic materials and options, such as metal floors, leather floors and carpet tiles.
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