What type of flooring should I choose for my space?

January 29, 2017

Today, the variety of materials, colors and textures available for flooring make your choices endless. It is important to consider the total investment you want to make in the project.  Knowing what you can afford to allocate for flooring will provide you with some direction as you narrow down your selections.  Consider how you use the space as well as how traffic will flow through it.  This will help you and your designer determine the degree of durability you’ll need and what colors you’ll want to consider as lighter colored finishes show less wear than darker finishes.

Here are some of the options for flooring:

  • Wood
    Wood is a popular choice today. It creates a warm, classic appearance for many spaces in the home and works with almost any kind of decor.  Prefinished wood floors withstand heavy traffic, stains, and remain durable if maintained properly.  Most spills and debris — if cleaned up quickly — will not damage wood floors. Wood floors can last for decades with some maintenance, and, can be refinished to give them a whole new look.
  • Tile
    Tile is a durable option for high-traffic areas like foyers, kitchens, and baths. From classic porcelain to travertine, there are plenty of options. Ceramic tile is durable and available in many colors, textures, and styles with the option of designing borders and inserting designs. Tile is easy to clean however debris may become trapped in the grout lines. A good steam cleaning refreshes grout and a sealer can help minimize this from happening.  Tile flooring is one of the more stain-resistant options and can last for decades with some minimal maintenance.
  • Vinyl and Linoleum
    Affordable and easy to install, vinyl and linoleum are common selections for homeowners. Moisture-resistant and easy to maintain, these materials are durable and withstand frequent traffic. Vinyl and linoleum offer a bit of “give” which may help protect dropped dishes and other items from breaking. Both materials are relatively soft and feel good underfoot.
  • Luxury Vinyl Tile
    If you’re looking for an upscale look that offers both durability and performance, an emerging category in flooring options is luxury vinyl tile. These tiles are often offered in an array of colors and designs that are often absent when shopping ceramic tiles. They also feel warmer underfoot and provide a bit more give than traditional ceramic floor tiles.  Ideal for high traffic areas, this comfortable surface is waterproof and easy to maintain or repair.