Flooring Options: Choosing The Right Floor

Tile floor.

When choosing a new floor covering for any room of the house, you may find there are so many options available it can get overwhelming. By looking at all the choices and considering three factors – style, function, and cost – the job of getting a beautiful new floor is made much more simple.

Ceramic Tile Floors

Ceramic tile can also give you that “designer look”. The tiles that many are using are much larger, and are available in even more choices and evolving designs that can create an incredible floor.

Price installed: $6 – $10 per square foot

Carpet

There are a wide variety of styles of carpet available. In the past few years “Berber” was very popular due to its durability and affordability. Now there is resurgence in the popularity of a variety of shag carpets, deep piles, and a combination of both.

Price installed: $18 – $30 per yard

Vinyl Floors

Previously thought of as just an inexpensive choice in flooring, now the new generation of vinyl floors are not only very durable but can add a real “designers touch” to your home.

Price installed: $18 – $30 per yard

Installing laminate floor.

Hardwood Floors

Whenever you are shopping for a home, one feature you will always see advertised (if available) is “Beautiful Hardwood Floors”. The look of brand new hardwood floors, or even newly refinished hardwood floors, adds an unmistakable quality and value to your home.

Where the choices in wood used to be pretty limited, new wood floors and even “engineered wood” floors are now becoming more popular.

Price installed: $7 – $12 per square foot

Laminate Floors

Everyone has heard someone refer to laminate floors as “Pergo”. However, Pergo is just one of many companies such as Armstrong, Wilson Art, and Formica who make this virtually indestructible type of flooring.

The floating nature of laminate flooring makes it easy to install, and the range of styles and colors is virtually endless—from simulated wood and tile to creative and decorative choices that will provide any home with an amazingly durable and beautiful floor.

Price installed: $6 – $12 per square foot