Whether you’re doing a full remodel or just making a few simple improvements, you’re probably going to install new floors. Choose a flooring material based on style, the room where it will be installed, and your budget. Here is a list of types of flooring materials that you might choose for your home.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are probably the most popular type of flooring for the bedrooms and living room. Hardwoods have a warm natural beauty that is appealing to most homeowners. This type of flooring is durable and relatively easy to clean.

The downsides of hardwood flooring are that it is expensive to install and it’s not a good option for moisture-prone areas, like the kitchen and bathrooms.

Vinyl Flooring Materials

Vinyl flooring is available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and textures. This type of flooring is available in planks and tiles and is easy to install. Vinyl is a great choice in areas where moisture is a problem, making it especially popular for laundry rooms and bathrooms. It is water-resistant and very easy to clean.

If exposed to direct sunlight, vinyl flooring can yellow or fade over time.


Carpet adds warmth and softness to the room. It also helps insulate sound so it is useful in upstairs rooms. Carpeting is available in different colors, textures, and materials.

Carpet traps dust, dirt, and allergens, making it not ideal for people who are concerned about indoor air quality. Carpet can be difficult to clean, requiring frequent vacuuming.

Tile Flooring Materials

Tile is available in many different colors and textures. Ceramic, porcelain, stone, and glass are the most popular tiling material options. Tile is durable and holds up well to foot traffic. It is water-resistant, making it a perfect material for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.

The grout between each tile becomes stained easily and tile can be cold on bare feet. If a tile is cracked or chipped, it can be difficult to match the exact color.

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