Home Flooring Types And Which Is Best For Your Home

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The home consists of many features, and the flooring is one that you cannot neglect. Even though you walk over it, it is a crucial design element. There are many types of flooring to choose from, and each has pros and cons, and picking the right one tends to be challenging. 

Want to learn more about the various types of flooring? Still in doubt about which to choose for your home? No worries, I will highlight some popular flooring types along with their pros and cons as a guide to help you determine the best flooring for your home. So, let’s dive right into it.

Types of flooring for your home

1. Harwood flooring

Hardwood flooring consists of a single solid wood that is usually 18 – 20mm thick. Popular hardwood options include; maple, oak, walnut, and cherry. Hardwood can be sold in strips of 1.5 – 2.5 inches or 4 – 8 inches planks.


  • It can be refinished as many times as you want
  • A variety of hardwood options are available on the market
  • Very strong and durable
  • Stylish and suitable for just about any decoration


  • Not suitable for wet areas, e.g., bathroom, laundry room, etc
  • Vulnerable to dents and scratches
  • Expensive
  • Susceptible to moisture damage, causing shrinkage
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2. Engineered wood

Think of engineered wood as a more affordable alternative to hardwood flooring. Engineered wood features solid wood bonded with multiple layers of high-quality plywood. Similar to hardwood, engineered wood offers durability and beauty.


  • Look very similar in style to hardwood flooring but More resistant to dents and scratches
  • Very easy to clean and maintain
  • Less likely to warp or be damaged by moisture


  • Engineered wood cannot be refinished more than once
  • Can fade overtime
  • Not as durable as hardwood
  • Not suitable for wet areas
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3. Laminate

Laminate wood flooring is likened to engineered wood but without the wood on top. It consists of a particleboard wood base topped by a photograph with a clear plastic coating with multiple texture and color options.


  • Very affordable
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Resistant to scratches and dents
  • A variety of styles and colors are available
  • Easy to install


  • Susceptible to water damage
  • It does not have the same classiness and feel that comes with hardwood flooring
  • It cannot be refinished
  • Less durable than real wood
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4. Vinyl flooring (LVP)

Vinyl flooring is one of the fastest-growing options for home flooring, mainly because of its resilience. It is extremely resistant to water and will not sustain any damage even if the water sits on the surface for a very long time.


  • Suitable for areas that will receive lots of water
  • Extremely durable
  • Water-resistant
  • Fade-resistant
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Less expensive


  • The look may appear to be unnatural
  • Vinyl flooring is not eco-friendly
  • It is not scratch and dent resistant
  • It can prove to be difficult to install
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5. Tile

Tile is another type of flooring choice common in areas prone to moisture. It is a very versatile type of flooring and comes in different shapes, textures, and colors. There are two main types of tile material; ceramic and porcelain.


  • Water-resistant
  • Very easy to clean
  • Extremely durable
  • Resistant to scratches


  • Hard underfoot
  • Cold and slippery
  • Difficult to install
  • Expensive
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6. Stone flooring

Like wood, natural stones like granite, marble, travertine, and sandstone are timeless flooring materials. Like tile, stone flooring is extremely durable and popular for indoor and outdoor spaces.


  • It has a bold and elegant look 
  • Very durable
  • Waterproof
  • Fade-resistant
  • Stone flooring keeps dust and allergens at bay


  • Expensive (depending on the type of stone used)
  • It can be difficult to install
  • Cold and slippery
  • It can be difficult to maintain
  • It can break if things (e.g., dishware) are dropped on it
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7. Linoleum flooring

This type of flooring is made of biodegradable materials like linseed oil, linoleum, and cork powder. It is sort after because it is durable, eco-friendly, affordable, and easy to install. Additionally, linoleum flooring comes in sheet form and various colors and styles.


  • Very affordable
  • Eco-friendly
  • Easy to install (DIY friendly)
  • Available in various colors and styles
  • Requires very little in terms of maintenance


  • Prone to dents and cuts
  • The color is easily affected when exposed to the sun
  • Not suitable for areas prone to water
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8. Carpets

Although carpet flooring is not as common as before, it remains a popular choice for most homeowners. It is versatile, just like tiles, and comes in different shapes, textures, and colors.


  • It has a soft and warm feel on the feet
  • Carpet absorbs sound
  • Multiple colors, designs, and texture
  • Easy to install


  • Vulnerable to stains and difficult to clean
  • Not suitable for people with allergies
  • Attracts dust
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What is the most durable type of flooring?

Tile is one of the most durable types of flooring available.

What is the cheapest type of flooring?

Sheet vinyl is the cheapest type of flooring. The price of installation ranges from $1.50 to $4.50 per square foot.

What is the easiest flooring to install?

Hardwood flooring is the easiest hardwood to install.

Conclusion – Choosing The Best Among Various Flooring Types For Your Home

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With the various types of flooring available these days, choosing the right flooring might be confusing. Many homeowners will mostly focus on the closeness of the price of the flooring with their budget without looking at other factors.

That said, the best type of flooring for your home should not only depend on your budget but also; on your comfort, maintenance, and durability.

At Samkins Construction Lnc, we pride ourselves in meeting these factors, so Contact Us Today!!!

Thanks for reading.

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