Flooring is a major part of any interior remodeling project. The right flooring can bring a room together, add value to the home, and increase your options for interior design. The type of flooring you install can also play a role in how the room is cleaned and maintained over time.
The Steel Horse Constructors team has installed all kinds of flooring in Texas homes. As such, we know a thing or two about each option. Since many homeowners struggle with flooring when remodeling, we thought we’d offer up our take on some of the most popular types of flooring in this blog. After learning about the pros and cons of each, it may be easier to make the final decision for your home remodel.
What To Consider When Choosing Your Flooring
When choosing flooring for a particular room or section of the home, the tendency is to focus on the floor's appearance. While this is definitely important, there are other factors for consideration when deciding on a flooring type:
Price (purchase and installation)
Pets and/or kids
Room temp and humidity levels
With these factors in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most common types of flooring and what to expect from them.
Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP)
Luxury vinyl plank is made of a type of plastic produced from petroleum and chlorine, often with a cushioned layer underneath for comfort. Vinyl flooring can be made to mimic the look of other types of flooring without the higher cost.
Pros: Luxury vinyl plank is very affordable and can be made to mimic real wood looks and textures. It is also relatively easy to install, waterproof, quieter, warmer, and backed by a limited lifetime residential warranty.
Cons: Vinyl flooring is less environmentally friendly because of how it is produced. Additionally, LVP may not last as long as other flooring options. It has an average lifespan of 10-20 years (variable based on wear layer, location, traffic levels, etc.)
Hardwood is the gold standard for flooring for many people, and it’s not hard to see why. In fact, those who buy laminate or vinyl flooring often want to replicate the look of a hardwood floor. This is because it looks great and can mesh well with a range of designs. Different types of wood will produce different looks so that homeowners can choose from several kinds of hardwood depending on their preferences and budget.
Pros: Hardwood flooring looks great and adds value to nearly any home.
Cons: Hardwood flooring can be pricey to source and install, depending on the type. It also is not as durable as other types of flooring, which makes the steeper price tag even less appealing.
Tile is another classic flooring option that one will often see in homes. Tile is commonly reserved for bathrooms and kitchens, but it can also be used in other areas of the home. Tile is a relatively durable material, though this will vary between types. Ceramic tile is versatile but may not be too pleasant to walk on for extended periods of time.
Pros: Tile is a durable material that looks great and comes in a variety of different types. It is also incredibly easy to keep clean as well.
Cons: Certain types of tile will need regular maintenance to stay in good shape. It also isn’t the most comfortable surface to walk on.
Last on our list is carpet, the fluffy material that can be found somewhere in most homes. Carpet has a mind-boggling amount of different options to choose from. The fiber texture, color, and style can vary widely, meaning homeowners have many options to choose from. The type and quality of the carpet will determine things such as durability and comfort.
Pros: Carpet is very comfy to walk on and is available in a variety of styles and color options. It is also easy to install compared to the other types of flooring we’ve covered.
Cons: Carpet, unlike the other flooring options we’ve discussed, can easily trap debris and dirt. It can build up and even be a health hazard if not cleaned regularly. Overall, carpet flooring may require more attention than other flooring types like tile or vinyl.
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Looking for a residential interior remodeling team to take on your flooring project? Our team would love to work with you. Contact the Steel Horse Constructors team today to get started!