Pros and Cons of Different Types of Flooring

There are a number of different options available when choosing flooring for your home, including carpet, tile, hardwood, and laminate. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of flooring.


    • Installation: Installing carpeting requires specialized tools and is often glued down, making it not a very do-it-yourself friendly project for homeowners.
  • Durability: While carpet can last for a number of years, dirt and allergens filter down into the fibers, making it harder to keep clean. Pets can easily cause damage to carpet, and carpeting can absorb pet odors.

Hardwood Flooring

    • Installation: Standard, solid, unfinished hardwood flooring is labor intensive and difficult to install – requiring sanding, staining, and finishing. This makes installing hardwood flooring not a very do-it-yourself friendly project. Engineered wood flooring, which has a plywood type construction, can be purchased prefinished, making it a better choice for DIY projects.
  • Durability: Hardwood and engineered flooring are both durable and easy to keep clean, though the surface finish can become scratched or damaged over time. While solid hardwood flooring can be sanded and refinished several times, engineered wood flooring has a thin veneer on top that makes it difficult or impossible to sand and refinish.

Laminate Flooring

    • Installation: Laminate flooring is a floating floor that requires no adhesive to install. It comes in prefinished pieces that snap together, making for a DIY friendly installation. Since laminate flooring is a floating floor that’s not attached to the subfloor, it’s also very easy to remove and replace.
  • Durability: Laminate flooring is fairly durable and easy to clean, though the thin finished layer on top can show wear over time.

Ceramic Tile Flooring

    • Installation: Ceramic tile requires a fair amount of expertise to install, but it can make a good do-it-yourself project if you take the time to learn the proper techniques. Most ceramic tile is glued down, though floating tile floors that lock together are available.
  • Durability: Ceramic tile is very durable and easy to clean, though tiles can crack over time, and grout lines may become stained or dirty.

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Danny Lipford: Carpet is one of the least do-it-yourself friendly options. Plus, it’s difficult to keep clean, and the fibers hold dust and other allergens which make life miserable for people with respiratory problems. And if you have pets, well, let’s just say everyone will know you have pets before they see them.

Hardwood flooring is a great alternative to address the issues of cleaning and allergens but isn’t necessarily DIY friendly. Traditional hardwood is nailed down to the subfloor and sanded, stained, and finished in place. That requires a lot of work, a lot of time, and some very specialized tools. Some hardwoods can be glued down, which makes installation on concrete subfloors easier. And in many cases, these products are pre-finished, which reduces some of the time and tools required. But these installations still demand skills and tools that not all homeowners have.

Laminate floating floors offer a similar look, but are much more friendly to the do-it-yourselfer because they require no adhesives and very few tools. The fact that they are inexpensive makes them an easy choice.

Ceramic tile can also be inexpensive, and even though installation is a little time consuming, it’s very popular with do-it-yourselfers because it can deliver a high-end look on a modest budget.


  1. It’s surprising that the carpet industry have not offered homeowners more choices like bound carpets & pads of various sizes so that it may be delivered, installed, and removed by residents so they may make carpet-rugs an option for homeowners in cost efficient fashion. Carpet has many advantages whether glued to the floor or not, but the industry has offered no defense to the criticisms that has turned off a generation of homeowners who now prefer wood floors to quiet, cushions of carpet.

    Easy install, and remove may be its major flaw to overcome in the industry. Making it an alternative may be a problem of afordability and exchangeability.

  2. Other manufacturers are producing carpet cushion materials that utilize recycled materials such as recycled
    post-industrial fibers, recycled polyurethane, and jute and
    hair. Efficient and efvfective carpet cleaners requires developing a plan after which putting it into action. Once or each,
    I recommend that you just shampoo or steam clean your carpet.


    Hi there, I live in the Cook Islands and have been searching all over the net, whether hardwoods and softwoods can be mixed in a Glulam process. But haven’t seen anything yet.
    Is it a question that your listeners to your radio program would know the answer to?
    I plan on laminating treated Douglas Fir with Merbau a class 1 hardwood to make curved roof rafters. They aren’t a heavy load bearing structure. But was concerned that the 2 timbers may not adhere together and separate over time.
    Thank You!
    Warm regards
    From Rarotonga.
    Cook Islands


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