Flooring is one of the biggest pieces that homeowners focus on when getting a home remodel. Flooring is a huge statement – whether it’s man-made tiles, natural stone, wood, laminate, carpeting, or any other option – the type of flooring you choose greatly affects the overall aesthetic of your home.
If you are planning on getting a major kitchen or bathroom remodel in the near future and are trying to plan which flooring to get, these are an overview of each type as well as some general recommendations on what to get:
Home Remodeling: Which Type of Flooring Should I Get?
You have a ton of options when it comes to flooring during a home remodel. Most of the decision is going to depend on what room you’re remodeling, the current aesthetic of your home, and your ultimate style “goals” for room design.
Here are a couple different types and what to keep in mind as you go about selecting new flooring for your home remodel!
Floating Hardwood or Laminate
Floating hardwood or laminate flooring is a great flooring choice for quick projects when ease of installation is top of mind.
Since floating hardwood or laminate requires installation on an already hard, flat surface, many homeowners will install it over their existing tile or wood floors. This means it’s not only easy to install, but you don’t have the extra leg work of tearing up old flooring as well.
This type of flooring works well in the main living space of a home, as well as the kitchen.
Vinyl flooring generally comes in two forms – sheets and tiles. Similarly to floating hardwood or laminate flooring, vinyl flooring can easily be installed by laying it directly on top of an already hard, flat surface.
Keep in mind that you risk cracking or entirely breaking your vinyl floors if the flooring underneath is not properly prepared. If you have existing tile flooring, you need to make sure you properly self-level the grout joints using the appropriate compound, which is kind of a tricky job. That’s why most homeowners leave that up to us!
Natural Stone Tile
Natural stone tile has gained tons of attention in interior design throughout the last decade due to its aesthetic appeal and durability. Unlike synthetic alternatives, natural stone tile flooring options provide homeowners with flooring options that will last for several years.
One obvious fear of stone tiling is cracking. However, as long as you order extra tiles and store them somewhere safe in your garage, individual tiles can be replaced rather easily by removing the grout and reapplying the necessary glue for the new tile.
Most cracked stone tile, when due to circumstances aside from abrasion, is due to improper installation practices. This is why many homeowners resort to working with a remodeling company when installing new natural stone tile flooring during a home remodel.