What is flooring? Choosing the right type of floor for your home can be quite hard. There are many options to choose from you but mostly it all comes down to your personal preference and of course – the budget.
Mainly there are five types of flooring available:
This type is probably the most eye appealing as well as very durable. There are two types of hardwood floors – such as Solid and Engineered. When it comes to durability and price it seems like Engineered floors are more popular than Solid. They are easy to clean and maintain. Although! the main disadvantage about hardwood floor is its price in return it can increase your home value. According to angiestlist the prices range from $2 and up to $30 per square foot, and average hardwood install costs around $1,800 – $2,500.
Laminate flooring is more affordable alternative to real hardwood. On top of its price benefit, laminate is also very resistant to scratches and stains. This type of flooring can be installed on top of existing floor which in return can save a homeowner a considerable amount of money.
- Wear layer protects the surface – more durable than hardwood.
- Laminate comes in tiles and planks.
- Easy to install (edge to edge snap – no nailing and glue for most types of laminate).
- Very sensitive to moisture (not the best fit for laundry rooms)
- According to hgtv installation price ranges from $1 to $3 per square foot.
There are many types of tiles on the market. Natural stone would be the most pristine and therefore the most expensive choice. Ceramic in the other hand is more affordable than the stone, but still looks great – according to angieslist average price of installation and labor ranges from $7.5 to $9.75
Probably the most comfortable flooring material for your bedroom. There are so many colors and styles that makes carpet one the best choices. Carpet is affordable and easy to install. It’s also one of the most soundproofing floor material out there, but not stain friendly at all. Installation cost on average is around $5 per square foot.
The most affordable flooring option. The best thing about vinyl is that its wear/water/stain resistant. The variety of vinyl available in stores is amazing. Some vinyl tiles look like actual wood floor. The bad part is not resistant to peal or tear (if you move furniture for example you can accidentally tear it). Prices for vinyl tiles can start at around $1 and up to $4 per square foot.