If you are renovating or designing your home or office, you may be faced with a plethora of options, including which type of flooring to choose. Selecting the right type of flooring is essential – it brings together the complete look of your space as well as provide comfort and functionality. The challenge is to select the option that meets the specific needs of your family and looks good as well. And, of course, you need to consider the return on investment factor, too. 

So, where to begin? We are going to discuss the best options and the different factors that you should consider while researching for flooring options. 

There are a variety of flooring options out there. You should explore at least some of them before you make your decision (you don’t want to regret later if you come across a better option than you have chosen). Here are 5 of the best flooring options that are being used in homes today:

Let’s begin with the best of them all. Solid hardwood has been the foremost flooring option for decades, because of its timeless quality and the classic effect that it can bring to your space. The common woods that are used for hardwood flooring include oak, hickory, walnut, and pine. 

  • Pros: Hardwood flooring is a rewarding investment. With several different types of woods and finishes available, you can customize the look of hardwood floors according to your specific wants and needs. Hardwood floors can be refinished multiple times, to change the style and color of the floor. The wood also functions as good insulation in your home, and hardwood flooring can give your home strong resale value. Hardwood floors have the best return on investment.
  • Cons: Hardwood floors are finished on-site and the installation creates a lot of dust.  Hardwood floors are susceptible to water damage as well as expansion and contraction, so homeowners need to be aware of humidity levels in their home. 
  • Cost: Hardwood floors cost around $6 to $20+ a square foot.  

If you want a flooring option that resembles hardwood but an easier installation process, you may opt for engineered wood. In this flooring, a thick base layer of plywood is created, after which a thin veneer of real wood is added on top. 

  • Pros: Since it has a plywood core and is not a solid hardwood plank, it is not as vulnerable to the same level of expansion and contraction but is still a real wood product. Engineered wood comes in several different styles and finishes and is durable.
  • Cons: Because it is a wood product it is susceptible to water damage. Also, in case of damage or scratches, it is not as easy to repair as a solid hardwood. In addition, if boards need to be replaced the product may no longer be available, that means you may have to replace the entire floor when the damage occurs. 
  • Cost: Engineered wood floors cost around $6 to $15+ a square foot on average, although it depends on the type of wood that makes up the veneer layer.

Tile has long been considered ideal for kitchens and bathrooms due to moisture-resistant properties. They are also available in an interesting variety of colors and patterns. The four main types of tiles are porcelain, ceramic, stone, and glazed. 

  • Pros: Tile offers versatility in appearance. They are easy to clean and very durable. 
  • Cons: Some varieties of tiles need regular sealing or other maintenance treatments if you want to keep them looking their best. The hardness of the material also makes it less comfortable to walk on as compared to other flooring options. 
  • Cost: Tiles come installed at an average cost of $4 to $12+ per square foot. 

Laminate and LVT flooring is designed to make it look like wood flooring by printing a high-resolution image on the laminate or vinyl product. It can be made to resemble any type of wood, including aged wood. 

  • Pros: Certain laminate products and LVT are water resistant.  They are relatively easy and less expensive to install. They are generally installed without the use of nails or glue. This type of floor also needs just occasional sweeping and mopping, so it is easy to clean and maintain as well. 
  • Cons: Laminate and LVT do not have a resale value that is comparable to hardwood floors. 
  • Cost: Laminate and LVT is one of the least expensive flooring options, with an average of between $3 and $9 per square foot. 

Carpet is one of the most common flooring options because it comes in a large variety of different styles, textures, and colors. It is also extremely comfortable to walk on, particularly if you invest in a good carpet pad. Its durability relies on the selected material’s density. The denser the carpet, the more durable and long-lasting it will be. 

  • Pros: Carpet is warm, cozy, and slip-resistant. It is easy to install, and if taken care of properly, can last for a long time. 
  • Cons: Carpet is a high-maintenance flooring option. Unlike the other options, it tends to grab and trap dirt, debris, and allergens in its fibers over time. Carpets need regular deep cleaning, particularly if you or your family members have allergies. 
  • Cost: Carpet can cost between $2.50 to $11 per square foot on average. 

Of course, your choice of flooring would be dominated by its appearance. However, that is not the only thing that you should consider. Also, think about factors like your budget (and the return on investment), presence of kids or pets, whether it is a high-moisture area, how much and what level of regular maintenance would be required. We strongly recommend that you work with a flooring professional to explore your options.

If you are looking for reliable flooring installation, contact Oakline Floors today and get the best advice and installation services for your home.