Whether you’re renovating an existing home or building a new one, you will need to decide what kind of flooring to install. Fortunately, you have plenty of options to choose from. Not every option will be best for every room in your house, but this guide will tell you the basics of the most common modern flooring options available to you.
Hardwood flooring continues to be the most popular option for modern homes for its elegance and durability. It is one of the more expensive flooring options available, with installation prices ranging from $2,500 to $7,000, so it might not be the best option if you’re on a tight budget. Still, a hardwood floor looks great when installed in living rooms and other community spaces.
Laminate flooring is often used as a cheaper alternative to hardwood flooring in high-traffic areas. It’s durable and versatile enough to mimic the appearance of other kinds of flooring, but it is prone to moisture damage, so it isn’t a great option for your kitchen or bathroom.
Vinyl flooring used to be an inexpensive flooring option, but that isn’t the case anymore. Still, vinyl is versatile enough to work in practically any space. It’s easy to install, and it can be made to look like stone or wood flooring without any trouble.
Tile flooring made from ceramic or porcelain is durable, non-porous, and elegant. It’s a popular option for kitchens and bathrooms, but it can chip and is more challenging to install. The good news is that individual tiles can be replaced if they are damaged, so you don’t need to pull up all of your flooring if repairs need to be made.
Natural stone tiles may take the prize for the most elegant-looking floor. They are usually made from marble, granite, sandstone, or a similar material. Some of these surfaces are more durable than others, and they do require some upkeep to look their best, but it is worth it for a floor that looks great in nearly any space.
Finally, we have carpet, which is among the most popular and versatile flooring options on this list. It’s usually very inexpensive to install and works in just about any space, but it does require a lot of upkeep and can be stained easily. Expect to spend a lot of time vacuuming and shampooing carpeted surfaces if you want them to look their best.