- Durable -- high traffic areas mean a lot of wear and tear
- Easy to clean
- Vinyl is often a good, affordable choice for kitchen floors. Vinyl is also resilient, providing a softer surface if you drop a glass or dish.
- Tile, laminate and wood are also alternatives. Rugs and mats can soften harder materials.
- A light floor shows more dirt than a darker one.
- Waterproof for sink, toilet and bathtub overflows
- Easy to clean
- Easy to clean and install, vinyl is a popular choice.
- Ceramic tile and marble are also stylish, long wearing options.
- Newer versions of laminate and wood products can be adapted to high-moisture bathrooms.
Living Rooms/Dining Rooms
- Durable -- high traffic areas, pets and children mean a lot of wear and tear
- Functional - needs to accommodate a variety of decors
- Carpet offers fibers and styles that are long wearing and stain resistant.
- Hardwood and wood laminate also provide an attractive, durable option, especially with the addition of area rugs. A good choice for those with allergies.
- Remember, lighter floors show more soil than darker ones.
- Minimal traffic areas.
- Adaptable to frequent décor changes.
- Carpet is a traditional, long-wearing choice. Consider neutral colors to accommodate design changes over the years.
- Hardwood or laminate floors are also attractive alternatives and a good choice for those with allergies.
Earth Friendly Flooring Options
Environmentally conscious homeowners can select sustainable wood flooring in popular species such as white and red oak, cherry, maple, red birch, hickory, even exotics like teak, rosewood, and cumaru. Costs average about $5 a square foot, the same as standard cherry flooring. Additionally, bamboo is a favorite of many eco-conscious homeowners, as well as the bark of the cork oak.
How to Buy
Before buying flooring, take detailed measurements of the room and take these with you when you go shopping. Your flooring specialist will use this information to help you decide which flooring solution works best for each room in your house.
If you're handy, installing new flooring can range from the relatively simple vinyl tile installation to the complex hardwood floor refinishing. Before you attempt to do it yourself, can recognize and repair inadequate sub flooring and underlayment? Are you able to remove and dispose of old flooring materials?
Here are some additional points to consider what best meets your needs for each room in your house.