Choosing a Floor

Learn more about the 5 major types of flooring.

The floor in your home may not be the main focus of your guests, but it most certainly does contribute to the look and feel of any home or business. When you really stop to look at what's under your feet, you might be interested to know more about the different types of flooring options available. 


Carpet has taken a bit of a backseat to hardwood floors as of late, but it's still the most popular in homes. It's especially good for children's rooms because it's far less likely there will be injury on unsteady legs. To prevent mold or damage to the carpet, keep it out of bathrooms and kitchens where it will be exposed to humidity and moisture. 


Beautiful and classic, hardwood will last you for quite a while — even in your rooms that get lots of foot traffic. Dining rooms and foyers especially can benefit from this elegant form of flooring, and you can place even your heaviest of tables on it without risking damage. Just like carpet though, keep hardwood away from excess moisture. 


Inexpensive and environmentally friendly, laminate is made with recycled wood products but is made to look like hardwood or stone. If you're looking for the best laminate flooring, then you should aim for one that has a durable seal on it so that you're less likely to see wear and tear on the floor. This works great in rooms without humidity as even the best laminate flooring can still warp in the presence of water. 


Waterproof and versatile, vinyl is a synthetic material that can actually be made to look like hardwood floors or stone. This way if you have a certain look you want, you can create it throughout the home without worrying about damage over time. Luxury Vinyl Tile is a newer flooring option that has really stunned homeowners by its realistic look of more coveted flooring types. It's generally cheaper than tile and still looks great in kitchens or bathrooms. 


When you're looking for waterproof flooring options, tile is a popular choice for both indoors and out. It's a creative use of clay that is glazed and then decorated to suit your tastes. Tiles can be used in the walls of bathrooms and the ceiling as well, and you can arrange them in any pattern. Plus, they're stain-proof!