What Kind of Flooring Should I Install?

Are you thinking about upgrading or remodeling your floor? Are you not sure what type of flooring to install? Do you need a professional flooring installer in Austin, Texas? When it comes time to renovate your home, A-Plus is here to help.

No matter the type of renovation or remodel, the floors are the foundation of the design. When picking out the BEST flooring for your home, there are a lot of things to consider. We have created a list of popular flooring types and its pros and cons as a guide to selecting the perfect flooring for your home.

 

Type of Flooring

Pro’s

Con’s

Ceramic or Porcelain Tile

  • Very strong and durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Resistant to stains
  • Preferred for homes with Kids and/or Pets as the floors will not scratch
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Low maintenance cost
  • Cool in the summer months
  • Grout between the tiles can stain, and can be difficult to clean
  • Hard on the feet and glass will break if dropped
  • Slippery when wet
  • Cold in the winter months
  • Difficult to repair chipped or cracked tiles

Laminated Wood Floors

  • A great way to get the look of a wood floor, for a fraction of the price
  • Easy to install with a tongue and groove system to help keep labor cost lower-
  • Stain resistant, and easy to clean.
  • Resistant to changes in humidity
  • Cannot be sanded and refinished like real wood floors
  • Susceptible to moisture damage without proper sealing and installation
  • Hard on the feet and glass will break if dropped
  • Slippery when wet
  • Can be cold in the winter months
  • Not environmentally-friendly

Carpet

Flooring Installation of Carpet

  • Soft offering comfort for feet
  • Can prevent damage to dropped items
  • Retains warmth in the colder months
  • Acts as a noise damper
  • Can be  more affordable than other flooring options
  • Stains very easy, and difficult to clean
  • Tends to wear out in high traffic areas like the hall
  • Not good for people with allergies because it does accumulate dust, dust mites, and pet hair
  • Retains smells and odors
  • High maintenance cost
  • Not environmentally-friendly

Hardwood

Flooring Installation of Hardwood

  • Extremely durable
  • Can be refinished many times over its lifespan
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Very luxurious appearance
  • Adds tremendous value to home
  • Retains heat in colder months
  • Environmentally-friendly
 

  • Difficult to install and uneven or unstable substructure can lead to future problems
  • Often more expensive than alternative flooring
  • Vulnerable to moisture and humidity
  • May shrink or expand depending on the season
  • Can be easily scratched
  • Can be very noisy

Polished Concrete

Flooring Installation of Polished Concrete

  • Very durable
  • Low-maintenance cost
  • Colder in the hotter months
  • Is not combustible, and increases the fire protection of your home
  • Easy to clean with its smooth surface
  • Able to create unique colors and styles
  • Rooms tend to be louder
  • More uncomfortable to stand on for long periods
  • Floors can crack due to the foundation shifting.
  • Hard on feet and glass will break if dropped
  • Very cold in colder months
  • Susceptible to moisture if not properly sealed
  • Slippery when wet

 

Making the right floor choice for your home take a lot of research, and installation can be difficult and tedious. Leave the responsibility of installing your new flooring in the hands of our expert installers who can offer you useful insight, quality installation, and most importantly great customer service. If you are looking to install new flooring in Austin, give our office a call at 512-450-1980 to schedule a FREE consultation or contact us online through our contact form.  Our flooring consultants can suggest what flooring materials will work best for you and your family!

 

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