5 Types of Floors – Pros and Cons

As you consider new flooring for your home, you’ll find impressive options from carpet to hard flooring. Each floor type is available in a range of styles and colors to tailor its look and performance to your home and your lifestyle.

Top Five Flooring Options

This guide to flooring options looks at today’s five most popular flooring materials and the pros and cons of each.

  1. The Soft Pleasure of Carpet

Most homes have carpet in at least one room, though fewer homes today have it throughout the house. Here are carpeting pros and cons for you to consider the best flooring for your home.

Carpet advantages:

  • Cost – basic grades of carpet cost less than most flooring types
  • Options – carpet is available in many styles and in colors covering the entire spectrum from black to white
  • Comfort—Everyone in the household, pets included, love how soft it is underfoot

Carpet disadvantages:

  • Maintenance—vacuuming and occasionally shampooing carpet takes more time, labor and cost than damp-mopping hard flooring
  • Staining—Kids, pets and parties produce inevitable stains that can be hard to remove
  • Allergens—Carpet holds dust, pollen and other pollutants that cause issues for those with breathing problems such as asthma and C.O.P.D.
  1. The Look of Wood at a Lower Cost with Laminate

Homeowners who love the look of wood but don’t want to make the cost investment often choose laminate flooring.

Laminate advantages:

  • Cost—Get a wood-like look for a lower price
  • Cleanup—This flooring is easy to clean with a damp mop
  • Good durability—Better-quality laminate delivers years of wear and keeps its good looks
  • Installation—DIY installation is quite possible with laminate

Laminate disadvantages:

  • Moisture susceptibility—Water is the enemy of laminate, so you’ll need to clean up water and spills quickly-and forget the steam cleaner on laminate
  • Poor durability – Cheaper laminate flooring, especially in heavy-traffic areas, can show its age in just a few years
  1. The Easy Care of Vinyl

Vinyl has been in vogue for decades, and its popularity remains high in rooms where water and spills are common. Here are vinyl flooring pros and cons.

Vinyl flooring advantages:

  • Cost – Sheet vinyl flooring is very affordable
  • Options – Vinyl is made to look like other flooring types including wood, tile and natural stone, each in virtually any color
  • Luxury Vinyl Tile – For those that want a longer-lasting vinyl floor with an upscale look, LVT is an ideal choice

Vinyl flooring disadvantages:

  • Appearance – Sheet vinyl flooring is affordable, but can look cheap too
  • Not Ecofriendly – A lot of energy goes into vinyl floor production, and it is not recyclable
  1. The Beautiful Sustainability of Bamboo

Homeowners that want to build/remodel with green materials often choose bamboo flooring that combines good looks with sustainability.

Bamboo flooring advantages:

  • Sustainability—Bamboo is a grass that grows to usable size in just three to five years
  • Maintenance – The flooring cleans up quickly when vacuumed or lightly mopped
  • Water resistance – Bamboo is naturally resistant to water damage and staining

Bamboo flooring disadvantages

Potential manufacturing issues: Since bamboo is made overseas, production oversight is minimal in some cases

  1. The Warm Elegance of Natural Hardwood

This is a timeless flooring material renowned for its appearance and performance.

Hardwood advantages:

  • Beauty – The natural good looks of hardwood flooring is unsurpassed
  • Durability – Both solid hardwood and engineered wood floors can be refinished multiple times to last 50+ years
  • Style options – Plank width, surface treatment and finish choices provide gorgeous options for every style from traditional to modern

Hardwood disadvantages:

  • Noise – Hardwood flooring can be noisy to walk on with hard shoes
  • Hardness – Standing on hardwood for a long period can cause backpain and foot pain, but strategically placing rugs where you often stand to prepare food or wash dishes will alleviate the issue

What Flooring is Right for You?

Consider these flooring pros and cons as you weigh your options. Browse our samples too. We’re here to answer your questions and help you choose floors you’ll be very happy with now and for many years to come.