How will I know which flooring to choose?

December 23, 2014

With so many kinds of flooring available, it can be hard to pick. Here are some popular types of flooring available for residential use.

How will I know which flooring to choose?

If you’re renovating your home, one of the big decisions you’ll have to make is what flooring to choose.


This is one of the most popular flooring options, with oak and maple probably being the most used materials.

  • You can stain and varnish hardwood floors so they look exactly the way you want.
  • Most people will agree that hardwood floors help make a space look warm and inviting.
  • One important thing to remember if you’re choosing hardwood is to have them properly sealed to ensure durability.
  • Also, be sure the joints between the boards are not too wide, because if they are, dirt can get in. Because there are small gaps between the wood, hardwood floors are often not people’s first choice for kitchens.


This type of flooring can be a good, economical choice. With a wide selection of styles and colours, laminate floors can be made to look like other materials.

  • Some of the benefits of laminate floors are durability, and easy installation.
  • Some people don’t like laminate because it sometimes looks fake (it is often made to look like other materials). However, if the fake factor doesn’t bother you, laminate floors are a good option.


You can get this option in both tiles and sheets.

  • The best things going for it are that it’s not expensive, and it hardly requires any maintenance.
  • Vinyl is a great choice for bathrooms, where the floor is always getting wet and stays damp for long periods of time.
  • One reason many people don’t go for vinyl is that it doesn’t necessarily look as classy as other types of flooring, such as hardwood or ceramic. However, with the right design sense, you can make vinyl work.

Ceramic tile

With so much variety in colours, styles and sizes, ceramic tiles are an excellent option.

  • One disadvantage of this type of flooring is that it is not as durable as some other options.
  • Certain types of tile may not be ideal for high-traffic areas, such as kitchens.

Appearance, durability and functionality

What flooring to choose is one of the many decisions you will have to make during a home renovation. When making this decision, it’s important to think about more than just the appearance of the flooring, but also the durability and functionality.

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