Common Flooring Types: Get to Know Hardwood, Ceramic, Laminate and More

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In the grand scheme of home interiors, flooring is quite literally the foundation, making both a statement and tying the whole room together. Naturally, choosing the right style can seem daunting. Here is a breakdown of common flooring types to help you ensure you make the right choice for your needs.

Hardwood

This classic and durable option provides a warm look that pairs well with any decor. If properly cared for, it can easily withstand a lifetime of use and can be sanded and refinished multiple times. Additionally, it provides an effective insulation, maximizing heating in many cases.

Typically, main living areas that are not in danger of moisture (avoid bathrooms, basements, utility rooms, etc.) are the best bet for longevity and functionality.

Depending of the wood type, costs can range from around $10 to $15 per square foot, on up to around $25 for exotic hardwoods, including installation costs.

Engineered Hardwood

Closely related to solid hardwood is the more complex, several layered flooring option that is engineered hardwood.

Due to its design structure, the overall durability is better, as the interior layers are more stable than solid hardwood. Yet the exterior retains the look of more expensive solid hardwood.

The cost is less than hardwood but more than laminate, sometimes running around $8 to $13 for a square foot, including installation costs.

Ceramic/Porcelain Tiles

In the areas of toughness and durability, if properly installed, ceramic tiles can last hundreds of years. In the event that a crack occurs, a single tile is also far easier to replace than many other flooring options.

Tiles are a great option of those with allergies and unfavorable reactions to dust, dander, and other unpleasantries that can become hidden in other flooring.

Prices can range as low as $12 on up to the $18 per square foot range for ceramic or porcelain, including installation costs.

Laminate

Renown for its affordability and user-friendly installation, laminate is typically always a cheaper alternative to the real thing.

Consider durability and ease of clean up for high traffic areas with laminate too, as it’s stain resistant, typically includes a warranty from 15 to 30 years, and can handle large impacts far better than competing materials.

A typical home project can run around $5 to $7 per square foot, but like other flooring options, the cost is dependent on several factors such as style, thickness, and supplier/brand.

Luxury Vinyl Tiles

While vinyl flooring has the stigma of being “cheap,” luxury vinyl tiles are increasingly popular for several reasons The highly realistic look rivals laminate, but with a price tag far cheaper than wood or stone.

It’s softer and warmer than ceramic tiles, and quieter, more slip-resistant and without the allergen factor of carpet. Typically, cost is around $12 to $18 per square foot, including installation costs, making it an affordable source of vast options.

Flooring offers a wide palate of options to fit every style and taste. Now that you’ve got an overview of the main types, all of the tools are in place for the creative fun of personalizing your home. If you have any questions or when you’re ready to select your new flooring, contact Virginia Kitchen and Bath.

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