Floors make the house. Whether new construction or a remodel, the flooring you choose is as important as the wall colors. And wall colors are easier to change. Of course, installing a new floor is a big decision. But, the type of flooring materials, color, design, and function is only part of the equation. Who you have installed the floors can be just as crucial.
Hiring a professional flooring company sounds easy until you discover the vast number of companies and their differences. The one you choose needs to be informative, responsive, professional, and good at putting in floors.
To help you make an informed hiring decision, we’ve reviewed the top two dozen widely available flooring installation providers and, based on factors like customer happiness, nationwide availability, and customization options listed the best here.
Hardwood floors are a popular, durable, and visually appealing option. Oak and cherry give off a natural feel in any home. Unfortunately, hardwood floors often come as planks, parquets, or prefinished boards that can be expensive and difficult to install. In addition, they’re subject to moisture damage, so they are better established in parts of the home that don’t get wet often from showers or kitchen sinks.
Laminate floors are a less expensive alternative to achieve that wood-floor look. The material is composed of wood-based materials that are laminated together and then layered with an imprint that mimics wood grains.
Engineered Wood Floors are made up of plywood planks that are layered on top with a natural but skinny hardwood veneer. They’re an excellent option for those who want something in-between laminate and hardwood. Because they have natural hardwood layered on top, they more closely resemble real hardwood floors at a fraction of the cost. However, unlike hardwood, refurbishing these floors usually requires the replacement of the surface.
A tile is a popular option for many homeowners. Materials include porcelain, terra cotta, marble, granite, and slate. Glazed porcelain is the most cost-effective. In addition, it’s nonporous, waterproof (making it great for kitchens and bathrooms), and sturdy enough for high-trafficked home parts.
Vinyl flooring is easy to clean and has a softer underfoot compared to tile or stone. Vinyl is a popular choice for basements, bathrooms, or kitchens where moisture can be an issue. It’s generally affordable and comes in sheets or self-stick tiles, which makes vinyl a great DIY project choice. Vinyl flooring is sold in a range of widths and thicknesses. Choose a thicker vinyl for high-trafficked areas.
Concrete floors have become popular, offering long-lasting durability and lower maintenance compared to other popular flooring types. In addition, gray concrete can be stamped or stained to look like other expensive materials like marble, granite, stone, or brick.
Carpet is a typical floor type in colder climates, especially in bedrooms. The carpet is cost-effective and is soft and warm underfoot. Carpet comes in a myriad of colors and styles; some are stain-resistant, which is preferable in homes with young children or pets. However, carpets can be challenging to maintain; it’s best to have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year.
Bamboo is a highly durable floor type made from lightweight woody grass. It can resist swelling and contractions that often happen to hardwood floors in warm, humid climates. Bamboo is also moisture-resistant, making it a good option for wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
Cork floors are an eco-friendly alternative. They have a light, cushiony feel that absorbs vibrations and sound. If cork floors get dented, they can often bounce back over a short period. In addition, its natural, non-slip surface is ideal for wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
Linoleum is another eco-friendly flooring alternative. Linoleum is made from all-natural materials that make it antistatic and resistant to water, dings, or scratches. Linoleum floors are often found in commercial buildings, like hospitals, because they’re easy to clean, comfortable underfoot and are made in various colors.
If you are interested in installing hardwood floors in your home, contact a reputable hardwood flooring company like Vinyl Flooring & Beyond for assistance. We will be able to help you choose the right type of wood and design for your home and building and will install the floors correctly so they last for many years.