Deciding between different types of flooring for your home is a more involved process than it seems. There’s no one answer for every room. Imagine putting carpeting in the kitchen or bathroom, it wouldn’t be a good idea. If you are wondering which floor would be the best for most of your home, though, there are a few standouts.
Hardwood Floors: Hardwood flooring is a classic and timeless approach to home decor. They are elegant, simple, and nice to walk on. The truth is, they aren’t as multifaceted as they might seem. While hardwood works in the dining room and living room, it would be out of place in the bathroom and kitchen due to potential water damage. Having hardwood floors in the bedroom is also hit or miss, as most people want a soft surface to stand on when they wake up.
Vinyl Plank Floors: This type of flooring can look like anything you want, and it works in wet areas. In fact, vinyl is ideal for bathrooms and kitchens and looks decent enough in the living room. If you have a formal dining room, though, vinyl might be a touch too tacky for your tastes, in which case an area rug over top works beautifully!
Tile: As they say, tile never goes out of style. Ceramic tiles are just as classy as hardwood and they won’t be damaged by water. You could have tile in every room. The major issues are price and comfort. Tile is a bit cooler, so if you like being barefoot at home, it is not great for the living room or bedroom, unless area rugs are too be included.
Laminate: Laminate flooring is a plank style wood look-alike that can last for 15 to 25 years. Pressboard makes up the core, and laminate plastic covers a printed image of several types of wood. Many laminate floors look fantastically like hardwood. They go well in the living room, bedroom, and even the dining room. As many are manufactured now to be more water-resistant than hardwood, you could also put them in the kitchen. The price for laminate makes it easier to do so.
None of the above options are the last word in versatility. Wood or laminate could cover the most space in your home, but you would want to buy area rugs for the bedrooms. Likewise, vinyl and tile could cover utility rooms, but you might want something more comfortable to walk on. In the end, the choice is all yours!