Flooring is going to be one of the most important decisions that you will need to make when improving or building out your dream home. A major part of this decision is the materials that you want to use for this project. The materials heavily influence cost, installation time, and durability of the fished product. Below we have provided the top choices when it comes to flooring options as well as their tradeoffs guided by the following points.

Things to consider with all flooring projects:

  • Room: Some rooms like kitchens and other utility rooms require more durable and easy to clean surfaces such as tile vs wood flooring.
  • Who will using the floors regularly: Lots of children, pets, single person each situation can present different options to ensure your project is built to last.
  • Budget: Their are a wide array of options at varying price points
  • Specific Installation Requirements: Some projects require extensive pre work such as structural reviews to ensure the installation is successful.
  • Duration: The more you invest in your flooring option typically relates to longevity and duration of the option.

Hardwood Flooring

— Top choice in majority of projects for its appearance and durability


  • This option is very visually pleasing. The tree rings patterns ad character to any living space,
  • Works well in shared living spaces with a lot of traffic
  • You can resurface and change to stain and our finish every 5 years if desired
  • Materials come in a very wide range of styles and color options
  • If installed and maintained correctly, this option will be around for generations.


  • The most expensive option in the list
  • Damage to flooring is not a trivial fix in some cases.
  • Is NOT moisture resistant.

Laminate Flooring

— Top choice for a quick facelift for a living space without breaking the bank


  • Cheaper than most options
  • Easy installation
  • Highly durable if installed and maintained successfully
  • Great for areas with a lot of traffic
  • Same color options as hardwood


  • Can become a victim to moisture damage overtime
  • Difficult to repair individual planks
  • Due to moisture, not good from bathrooms and kitchens

Vinyl or Linoleum

— This is not your grandmas vinyl. Newer material technologies increase the durability and mimic more expensive options at fractions of the cost


  • Cheapest option in most cases
  • Easy installation
  • Great for areas with a lot of traffic
  • Same color options as hardwood and tile


  • Will need to be replace eventually
  • Difficult to repair individual areas
  • Can feel difference between this option and its real counter parts

Ceramic/Porcelain Tile Flooring

— Visually pleasing option that minimizes risk of moisture damage


  • Cheaper than most options
  • Waterproof
  • Great for Kitchens, Bathrooms, and other areas that have active water sources.


  • One of the most expensive options
  • Requires expert installers
  • Can chip due to heavy use and rough use