What Flooring is right for you?
This used to be a question with very simple and few answers. However, today we have more options! Let’s find out what flooring is right for you and your home! Below you will see many options and details on what each flooring has to offer your home. I hope it helps make this big decision just a bit easier for you!
Wood Floors: This has always been a standard in flooring. Even today many other options are made to look like wood floors. Here are a few things to think about if you want to go with real wood flooring.
- Always warm and does not get cold like tile.
- A good wood floor is more durable than a laminate.
- Vast selection available of colors and textures, hand scraped for example.
- You can refinish your floor if it is damaged or fades over time.
- A good wood floor is expensive.
- Installation is expensive as well.
- Water damage. If you floor is scratched it can be refinished but excessive water damage cannot be fixed and will have to be replaced.
- It is glued down. This is not a bad thing, but if you ever need to replace the floor it will be much more expensive to remove.
Final thoughts on Real Wood Floors: Don’t get a cheap wood floor just to have wood instead of an alternative option. Cheap wood floor is typically very thin and will not handle much water before warping and splitting. It also scratches very easily. A good quality wood floor is expensive but much more durable. Do a lot of research and comparisons before making your decision.
Laminate: A laminate is a great choice for a lot of families. It is one of the least expensive options out there and they look great.
- A huge selection and a lot look great.
- Inexpensive and fast to install and less on materials (not glued down).
- Inexpensive to remove if ever needed.
- Water damage. Like real wood floors a laminate is not waterproof. However, Laminate floors will typically absorb the water much quicker and thus damage much quicker as well.
- Scratches fairly easily.
Final thoughts on Laminate flooring: Again, don’t go to cheap. A quality Laminate is not much more than an average one and still much less than other options. If the job costs an extra few hundred bucks for you entire home to be exactly like you like it and much more durable why would you not pay the little bit extra? Remember, Install and materials don’t increase just because the floor is more. This may be a perfect floor for a couple without kids or pets.
Tile: This option has limitless possibilities for your home. There are tiles that look like wood, marble, travertine, slate, stone and anything else you can think of.
- Many options.
- Very Durable.
- Many different looks to match the rest of your home.
- If one tile breaks you can easily take it out without replacing a lot of your floor.
- Cleaning materials will not hurt the floor.
- Floor can be cold at times in the winter. Does not effect Florida much.
- Grout lines.
- Cleaning Grout lines over time (Sealing the grout helps).
Final thought on Tile: A great choice! Being water proof alone makes it a wonderful option. Grout lines may turn some people off but tile has come a long way and grout lines have become smaller and smaller making cleaning less of an issue as well. Tile is a great option that is less expensive than most wood floors but a bit more than a laminate will run. The durability may be what you are looking for if you have kids or pets! Wood like tiles are the most sought after floors today and with their durability, look and small grout lines it is no wonder why it is our most popular flooring.
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT): The dreaded “V” word (vinyl)… This flooring has had the difficult task of re-educating everyone on what vinyl can be. This is not your old kitchen or laundry room vinyl. This new vinyl is called LVT and it comes in planks that look like wood.
- Waterproof. That’s a big deal as tile right now is the only other waterproof option besides concrete floors or cork.
- Less expensive than quality wood flooring.
- Less expensive to install.
- Floating floor so it is easy to remove if need in the future.
- Can be scratched. It is getting better though. Some companies have a gimmick where they tell you to scratch a quarter across the floor as hard as you can to show you that it will not scratch. Well it doesn’t scratch with a quarter but somehow still gets scratched by furniture if your not careful. Over all it is pretty durable and will never split like a wood or laminate can.
Final thoughts on LVT: This is the fastest growing floor in the market right now. While Wood like tiles are still the first choice by most due to their durability and vast selection to match anything, LVT is catching the eyes of a lot of people. If you are a landlord and rent your place this is a great option! It is cheaper to install but 100% waterproof just like tile.