Choosing your flooring – FAQ

Hardwood Flooring

Advantages

  • There are many species, colors, and stains to choose from
  • Hardwoods are also made in many different widths
  • Adds value to your home

Disadvantages

  • Wide boards can be susceptible to moisture, causing excessive expansion and contraction
  • Hardwoods can scratch and dent
  • Requires periodic refinishing

Tile Flooring

Advantages

  • Available in many styles, shapes, colors and sizes
  • Extremely durable and easily cleaned
  • Long lasting and adds value to your home

Disadvantages

  • Tile is heavy which requires a solid subsurface
  • Is the most expensive to install of all flooring
  • Tile is hard and cold on bare feet

Carpet Flooring

Advantages

  • Soft, quiet, warm and available in many colors and styles
  • Usually costs less than hard surface floors
  • An increasing number of Carpets are made from recyclables and or can be recycled

Disadvantages

  • Carpets can have a shorter life span than most hard surface floors
  • Sometimes more difficult to clean than hard surface floors

Laminate (Faux) Flooring

Advantages

  • Available in a wide variety of colors and designs
  • Extremely durable and less susceptible to moisture than Hardwood
  • Usually less expensive than Hardwood or Tile
  • Can float over most existing floors

Disadvantages

  • Laminate is a faux floor and does not increase the home’s value