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Advantages & Disadvantages of Popular Flooring Types

Often, building or remodeling a home can feel overwhelming due to the vast number of decisions you have to make. Flooring replacement doesn’t have to be a difficult choice – just an informed one. Make sure you understand the advantages and disadvantages of popular flooring types so that you can make the best decision for your home.

What Are the Most Popular Flooring Types?

There are numerous styles and adaptations for different types of flooring, but we have compiled the four most popular choices of homeowners, as well as considerations you need to take for each one.

1. Carpet

Advantages: Carpet is softer, warmer, and more comfortable than other floorings. It is also relatively inexpensive to replace (as opposed to hardwood).

Disadvantages: Carpet can get dirty and wear out quickly if not maintained. Additionally, carpet can harbor allergens and pollutants deep inside the fibers, especially if the home contains pets. This can reduce indoor air quality and cause health problems for individuals with respiratory issues.

2. Hardwood Floors

Advantages: Well-cared-for hardwood floors are durable and elegant looking. They are versatile for styling and easy to keep clean with a broom and dustpan.

Disadvantages: Hardwood is more expensive and requires maintenance. Moisture will ruin hardwood if not tended to immediately. Hardwood also needs to be refinished occasionally.

3. Tile

Advantages: Tile floors are long-lasting and tough to ruin. They are resistant to stains, cracks, wear, and tear. Tile is particularly suited for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. It is also less expensive than some other options.

Disadvantages: While you can choose from a variety of looks and styles, tile may not present the “homey” feel you will want for your family’s living areas. Additionally, it can be difficult to scrub the grout within the tile.

4. Laminate

Advantages: Laminate is an inexpensive flooring option that can be installed on top of already-existing tile or wood. It is easy to install and is simple to replace later on.
Disadvantages: Like hardwood, laminate flooring is easily destroyed by moisture buildup.

Choosing the Right Flooring for Your Home

How can you know which flooring type is right for your home? The most important thing you can do is to evaluate your needs as a homeowner. Ask yourself the following questions.

• Do you have kids?
• Do you have pets?
• Is comfort or style more important to you?
• What is the climate like where you live?

There is no rule that you have to choose one flooring for your entire home. You may choose to have carpet in the bedrooms, tile in the kitchen and bathrooms, and hardwood everywhere else. Part of the beauty of home ownership is that you get to make the decisions!

If you still aren’t sure what type of flooring is best for you, don’t be afraid to contact an industry expert.

Dalton flooring has been doing business as a Carpet and Flooring store in Southgate for 40 years and now we have a new location in Rochester Hills, MI. Whether you visit our store or choose to have samples brought to your home for a “Free In-Home Estimate” we have a range of flooring designs and products to help you achieve your desired goals. 


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