1. Laminate Flooring: Commonly known as a “cheap version of wood” laminate is truly a workhorse. As a very durable material, it rarely fades, is resistant to stains and most importantly, is pretty easy to install (Means even a total noob can do it after a few instructables, though not advised). Though laminate flooring has its ups, it doesn’t generally add up to your home’s worth from a buyer’s perspective. And in the rare case of discolouration, it’s not possible refinish the material. Another downside is its high susceptibility to water Damage, making it a very bad choice for washrooms, or a home with kids.
Ideal for: Those looking for durable and versatile flooring option in a budget.
2. Hardwood Flooring: Hardwood Floors is one of those things that will actually be a selling point if you ever decide to put your house up for sale. This type of flooring, even if it’s old and worn has another positive – you can refinish it. The only issue with hardwood flooring is that while it gives off an inviting look, since it’s sensitive to warping from too much moisture, it may become a problem. Also, hardwood flooring is not too eye-friendly when it comes to dings and dents.
Ideal for: Those who don’t mind to spend for a bit of luxury.
3. Stone Flooring: Strong, thick stone used in covering a floor is a classic yet contemporary choice. And since it’s almost indestructible, it’s there for the long run. Moreover, like hardwood, stone floors can add value to your existing home.
Stone flooring, though, doesn’t come cheap. And along with the cost, it retains the cold. Also, a wet stone floor is a potential hazard. Factor in being hard to install. Not only does it require regular cleaning, it can also chip, becoming quite a headache.
Ideal for: Those who want looks, class and durability & does not mind a high maintenance standard.
4. Tile Flooring: Tiles can be a great solution for the high traffic areas in your house. A benefit over stones is that tiles are fairly easy to replace. And by-and-large, tile flooring is extremely durable. Tiles, nonetheless, are not indestructible. Being rather prone to chipping and cracking when heavy objects are dropped on them, or something that weighs a lot shatters an individual tile. Also note that these are very noisy floors & wet tiles can become quite slippery.
Ideal for: Those areas in the house, which are highly prone to visitors and do not house heavy items.