The floors in your home are affected by wear and tear over time. Eventually, you will need to replace your flooring or refinish the existing materials. If you are planning to upgrade your floors, read about the different flooring material options available.

Upgrade Your Floors With Hardwood

Hardwood floors are a classic option that can be found in older and new homes. They provide a warm aesthetic and unmatched durability. They are easy to clean and also provide great acoustics. Hardwood floors can be refinished when they are getting old and dingy, so you don’t need to rip them out and replace them. The drawbacks are that they are expensive and not water-resistant.


Vinyl flooring has a lot of variety. It can mimic different materials, like hardwood and tile. You can find luxury vinyl flooring that costs more and basic, affordable vinyl flooring too. Homeowners choose vinyl flooring for its versatility, ease of installation, and water-resistance. It can be installed in any room of the house.


Laminate flooring is made from pressed wood with a photographic layer on top that mimics the grain of hardwood. It is a more affordable option if you want the classic hardwood look without the price tag. Unlike hardwood, it can’t be refinished when it gets worn out and must be replaced. It also doesn’t work in rooms like the kitchen or bathroom, because it is susceptible to water damage.


Carpet is becoming less popular and many homeowners replace it with one of the hard flooring material options. It harbors dirt and dust and will grow mold if it becomes wet. However, sometimes carpeting is the best choice for certain rooms, like a child’s nursery.

Upgrade Your Floors With Tile

Tile comes in many materials and designs. The price ranges, but it is generally more expensive than vinyl flooring for bathrooms and kitchens. It is incredibly waterproof and durable. It does require some maintenance from time to time, like cleaning the grout.

Replacing or refinishing your flooring adds value to your home. Research different materials to decide which one is right for your house.

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