Posted by          Flooring    June 13, 2015

If your in the market to update the flooring in your home but feel lost in choices available that work best for your house, you are in luck. We have put together a list to help narrow down your selections.

Bamboo FlooringFlooring Comparisons Before You Buy

Pros:

  • Environmentally friendly – one of the fastest, most renewable products on the market
  • Strong and durable
  • Easy to clean and maintain

Cons:

  • Can darken or fade in direct sunlight
  • Can warp if left wet for extended periods of time

Carpet

Pros:

  • Soft, quiet and warm under foot
  • Most cost effective flooring choice on the market
  • Easy to replace and upgrade
  • Brings color and texture into your room décor

Cons:

  • Can stain easily
  • Low quality carpets will show wear quickly

Ceramic Tile Flooring

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Water and stain resistant
  • Wide choice of colors, textures, patterns and shapes

Cons:

  • Grout lines can be hard to clean and can stain easily
  • Low quality tiles can chip
  • Glossy tiles can be slippery when wet

Cork Flooring

Pros:

  • Natural product
  • Soft and warm
  • Resists mildew
  • Easy to clean
  • Polyurethane finishes last up to seven years before refinishing is needed

Cons:

  • Wax finishes need reapplication every 6 to 12 months
  • High moisture situations can cause damage

Engineered Wood Flooring

Pros:

  • Maintains its shape more than wood
  • Quicker installation time
  • Comes prefinished so stain and finish will be consistent and harder

Cons:

  • Cannot be refinished
  • Offbrands may have weaker cores
  • Ends may split in high traffic areas

Laminate Flooring

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Affordable
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Excellent do it yourself applications

Cons:

  • Easily scratched
  • Off brands may chip and peel easy
  • If installing in a high moisture situation, make sure laminate was designed for water situations

Linoleum Flooring

Pros:

  • Made of natural materials
  • More durable than vinyl
  • Color extends through entire material

Cons:

  • Must be resealed annually
  • May scuff if not polished
  • Susceptible to water damage

Stone Flooring

Pros:

  • Extremely durable
  • A timeless, classic design
  • Natural beauty

Cons:

  • One of the highest cost flooring choices on the market
  • Some materials can absorb dirt and stains – all stone should be sealed
  • Can be difficult to repair

Vinyl Flooring

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Water resistant in sheet form
  • Easy to clean
  • Less expensive than other flooring choices

Cons:

  • Difficult to repair
  • Offbrands may discolor
  • In tile form, moisture can seep between seams

Wood Flooring

Pros:

  • Durable, wears well over time
  • Long lasting
  • Provides a warm look
  • Can be refinished

Cons:

  • Vulnerable to moisture
  • Soft woods can dent easily
  • May darken or fade in direct sunlight
  • Can shrink or expand in certain conditions