Whether you are renovating your old house or building a new one from scratch, flooring plays a crucial role. It is one thing to make the most of the beating for its lifetime and sets the tone of your interiors around which all other choices of elements later revolve. You can of course, just get new carpeting, but knowing that there are plenty of options in the market these days, you should check others too.
Before heading on, let us first discuss the factors that should govern your decision:
- Room type, because not every flooring type is ideal for every space.
- Family situation, as with kids or pets, you need something spill-proof and scratch-resistant.
- Budget, because prices differ as per floor material and you have to see what you can afford.
- Style, as certain floorings may be more aesthetically pleasing over others.
- Installation process, because some materials need additional padding and also cost more.
- Return on investment, because the right type of floor upgrade can increase your house value.
Once clear on these parameters, you can then take your pick from these popular options –
- Hardwood Flooring
This has to be the only classic, and timeless type of flooring preferred the most by Canadian homeowners. Wood flooring is beautiful, long-lasting, and a renewable source and best suited for living rooms, bedrooms, and even kitchens. But, it isn’t appropriate for basements, bathrooms or laundry rooms due to its moisture-prone trait. The installation costing along with future maintenance is also a little expensive. These are only issues which, if you don’t mind, you can go ahead with.
- Engineered Wood Flooring
It is the best alternative to wood flooring as it looks exactly like it but with the difference in its manufacturing process. Built with a thin veneer of natural wood on top and layers of plywood underneath, it becomes more affordable and robust. It is less sensitive to moisture problems and can be laid over your concrete flooring. However, the downside is that it scratches easily and can be refinished only once; you have to replace it in its entirety after that.
- Laminate Flooring
The biggest advantage of this type of flooring is that it resembles real wood but has an unimaginably lower price. It is made with an MDF (medium-density fiberboard) core topped with a photo layer (for looks) and a thick polymer finish that can mimic any wood style, from maple and cherry to pine and barn wood. It is tough, moisture-resistant and can withstand high foot traffic. But, as soon as the finish wears off, you cannot restore or repair it.
- Porcelain or Ceramic Tile Flooring
There is nothing as cheap, attractive and easy to install that makes your house look great as the tile flooring does. It is resilient to water and strong impact (unless you drop something heavy). Believe it or not, but the sky is the limit for shapes and colors of tiles and you can make them fit with any style of home.