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Tiles

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cork flooring

From functionality and durability to gloss and cost, there seems to be an endless number of decisions to make when it comes to installing new floors in your home or business. Sometimes the choice comes down to aesthetic preference while other times picking the right material can mean the difference between having a five-year floor or a lifetime of ease and satisfaction.

Installing a new floor is a major budget item that can affect the function and resale value of your home, so it is critical that you get it right the first time. The natural warmth and impressive durability of hardwood floors make this material an excellent choice for kitchens and entryways, but it is also more prone to scratches and discoloration than laminate. Likewise, tile is a timeless material for bathrooms and laundry rooms, but it is cold to walk on with bare feet and can easily chip when something heavy drops on it.

As you evaluate the options, ask yourself these seven questions to assess your needs. With the help of a knowledgeable flooring professional, your answers can help you quickly hone in on what flooring trends are the best fit for you:

  1. How much foot traffic does this area get?
  2. What is the room’s climate?
  3. What colors best contrast or coordinate with my current décor?
  4. How much time do I want to spend maintaining the floor?
  5. What is the condition of the existing floor?
  6. Does my family have any allergies or other health issues to consider?
  7. What is the installation process?

Select a buying guide below to start learning about the different advantages and considerations for choosing to install laminate, hardwood, vinyl, carpet, tile or cork. If you still have more questions, browse our vetted list of flooring vendors to connect with a trustworthy professional in your area. You can also request samples of your top flooring choices so that you can compare them side-by-side in the installation area to determine if the style, color and durability will work for your home.