If you are sick of looking at your old floors and want something new to make your home look fresher then you have an endless array of choices to pick from.  You want flooring that is durable, affordable and more importantly looks good.  New flooring is one of the easiest ways to increase the value of your home.  The amount of options you have can be overwhelming so let’s look at your top 5 flooring choices.

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors look amazing and they will make a huge impression on everyone that comes through your front doors.  Solid wood flooring doesn’t tolerate moisture well so they don’t belong in your kitchen or bathroom.  You can get the planks in thin strips or wider planks, and there are a variety of stains that you can use on them.  Hardwood looks fabulous but it isn’t cheap and many people don’t like the unsustainability of using real wood, if your heart is set on natural woods then look for sustainable woods.


Vinyl is one of the more economical options but don’t let the low price tag fool you, vinyl has improved a lot over the years.  Now there are a ton of designs available and vinyl can look every bit as good as any of the flooring materials on this list.  You can get vinyl in either a roll or tiles but rolls are more common.  If you want to save money by installing your own flooring then vinyl is by far the easiest to do yourself.

Engineered Wood

Engineered wood is a good alternative to real hardwood, it is made up of wood piles and the veneer on top is made of hardwood. Unlike real hardwoods, engineered hardwood is more resistant to moisture and yet it is still durable and easy to maintain.  Typically these types of floors are glued or snapped together rather than nailed down to the sub-floor, you will hear them referred to as “floating floors”.  This actually allows your wood to expand and contract, making it a great choice for your home.

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tile has been used for years in kitchens and bathrooms but homeowners are getting creative and using them all over.  You can create some interesting patterns and have endless color choices with tile and they are easy to maintain.  Tile will last longer than carpet or even hardwood and they are ideal for anyone that suffers from allergies or asthma.  The big drawback to tile is that they get cold to the touch.  If you live anywhere with winter you will not enjoy putting your feet on cold tiles first thing in the morning.


Carpet is not the popular choice that it once was but it is still found in homes all over the country.  You can get carpet in any color imaginable but a neutral color or pattern is still your best bet.  Even if most of your rooms have hardwood some homeowners opt for carpet in the basement or bedrooms because it is warm to the touch.  Carpets are high maintenance, they need to be vacuumed regularly and cleaned at least once a year.  The will show wear and tear after a while and are prone to staining.  Carpet can still look and feel good which is why it is still so popular in homes everywhere.


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