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With so many options available today, we know that finding the perfect flooring for your home can be a difficult decision. Depending on what room you are looking to cover, there are many types of flooring that you should consider when deciding the best option for that particular room. Flooring varies in cost and benefits, and there is a type of flooring to fit every lifestyle. Here is a list of the most popular types of flooring, their pros and cons, and the rooms for which they are best suited.
Depending on type (solid or engineered), hardwood flooring can range from $3 to $12 per square foot. Installation is a large part of the cost of hardwood flooring, and that can range depending on who is installing the product. City Home Center can help with determining if hardwoods are right for you, and we can help connect you with someone to install.
Pros: Hardwoods are beautiful, easy to maintain and have a great resale value. It can be easily repaired and is long-lasting and also gives you a variety of options in terms of color.
Cons: Because it is authentic wood, hardwoods are one of the more expensive flooring options. It also isn't conducive to standing water and isn't ideal for extremely high traffic or areas such as a foyer or mud room because scratching is common. Therefore, hardwoods occasionally need refinishing. They can sometimes be noisy if used in main areas, but rugs can be used for reducing noise.
Ideal for: Hardwoods are great for nearly any main room. They are stylish and timeless.
Tile floors are best known for their durability. The price ranges from $2 to $7 per square foot and also requires installation. It is very popular because of its ease of installation (some people prefer to DIY), and it can be used not only for flooring but also for backsplashes, walls and countertops.
Pros: Tile is great for high-traffic areas, is easy to clean, resistant to scratches and can stand water. It comes in many different styles to everything from marble, porcelain, travertine, slate and granite.
Cons: Tile can be very loud to walk on and echos. It can also be cold, and heating systems for tile are very expensive. Tile can crack and can be difficult to repair. The grout may stain, but there are options available to help you avoid this.
Ideal for: Since tile is water resistant, tile is perfect for a kitchen, mudroom or bathroom. Also, there are now many tile options that have a hardwood look, so you can achieve the look you like with hardwood but with the convenience of tile. Tile is also great for dining areas where things are often spilled.
Laminate ranges greatly in price. It can cost anywhere from $1 to $3 or more per square foot. It can be a more affordable option than hardwoods, yet it can mimic the look quite nicely.
Pros: Like hardwoods, laminate is easy to clean. It is less likely to scratch or stain, and it can also look like real wood, so it creates an affordable way to get the hardwood look without the expense.
Cons: If something does ruin the laminate, like standing water, it may need to be replaced.
Ideal for: Laminate is NOT ideal for rooms that may be subject to water (bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms). However, it is great for high traffic areas because of its durability.
A vinyl floor is very versatile, inexpensive and low maintenance. Vinyl is offered in planks, tile and rolled goods (linoleum) and can costs less than $1 per square foot but can go up to $5 or more depending on type and style.
Pros: Vinyl is inexpensive when compared to other flooring options. It is easier on your feet than harder materials like tile, brick or wood.
Cons: While vinyl is resilient, in the event it dents or tears, it may need to be removed or replaced.
Ideal for: Vinyl is great for a laundry room as it can shield a lot of the sound from your laundry machines. It could also work well in bathrooms and the kitchen because of the warmth it adds.
Carpet is a great option for the variety of colors and textures it offers. It is relatively inexpensive, starting at near $.50 per square foot, but it can go up to $5.
Pros: Carpet is comfortable and, while it depends on the fiber type, it is relatively easy to maintain. It also provides nice insulation for your home.
Cons: Carpet does occasionally require deep cleaning. Carpet can also attract dirt and stains, which can show if the carpet is light in color.
Ideal for: Carpet is ideal for bedrooms or other living areas where you don't anticipate spills.
We sell some of the top-rated rug brands in the country. We want to help you choose the right rug for your space, and we will consult with you to help you do so. Here are some things to consider when purchasing a rug for your home.
If your room already has a lot of color and patterns, you might want to stick with a solid-color rug. This could be a neutral rug or another color that complements your existing furnishings. If you have a patterned run in mind, it is best to choose it first then add simple furniture, window coverings and other accessories to allow the rug to blend well with the other elements of your room.
Overall, picking a texture that best suits your family is the most important thing. Personal sensitivity to fabrics and life stage of children certainly plays into this decision. A room with a mix of different textures feels rich and layered. The finishes of your existing furniture can be your guide in this. For example, with seating in a soft fabric, something with a little hardness and texture like sisal may do the trick. Whereas, fluffier rugs look great with simple leather furniture (sofas, chairs, etc.).
Rugs should be selected based on total seating area, not necessarily the entire room and be as large as possible within that seating area. Ideally, all the furniture will be on the rug, but front-legs-only is a good and common compromise. The idea is that when sitting on the sofa, your feet are on fabric, not floor. Under a dining table, you want to be able to pull the chairs back and still have them sitting on the rug.