Flooring is meant to complement your existing style while also being functional. The flooring you choose should be different for each room you are remodeling, as they all have different maintenance requirements and levels of foot traffic. For example, kitchen and bathroom flooring should be waterproof and slick resistant.
These are 5 types of flooring to consider for your home, but know there are far more options:
One of the most popular choices for flooring, hardwood looks incredible and is long lasting. There are numerous types of wood and plank sizes to choose from. Every type of wood has a different durability level so think about how much foot traffic the room gets. Hardwood flooring is best for living rooms, halls, and bedrooms.
If you don’t know which type of wood to choose for flooring, review the Janka Hardness Scale, which conveniently charts wood harness levels.
- Engineered Wood
This type of flooring looks very similar to hardwood flooring but is more economical as it is made from layers of ply plank topped with actual hardwood. Hardwood flooring can warp due to moisture, but engineered wood doesn’t! This means you could install engineered wood flooring in a bathroom or basement! Best of all, you still have many wood types and styles to choose from.
- Ceramic Tile
Made from a mixture of clay and shale, ceramic tile is gorgeous and comes in a lot of colors and shapes. There are four main types of ceramic flooring: glazed, porcelain, quarry title, and terracotta. Depending on the type of tile you choose, you may have to do constant upkeep like resealing. Ceramic tile is best for high traffic area like the kitchen.
Bamboo flooring is stunning, durable, and eco-friendly! The cost varies but is comparable to hardwood. The patterns and color can vary, giving you choices. There are solid strips and engineered planks. Bamboo flooring can be used anywhere that hardwood flooring is used, like living area, bedrooms, and hallways.
Laminate flooring is economical for those on a budget and looks similar to hardwood! But with laminate flooring, there is no real wood top layer like with engineered wood. The top layer of laminate flooring is a captured image that can resemble wood, ceramic, stone, and more! Laminate is good for high traffic areas like kitchens, playrooms, and foyers.