The Pros And Cons Of Different Types Of Home Flooring

The Pros And Cons Of Different Types Of Home Flooring

If you’re looking to renovate a home or taking a look at new places to live, you should know the pros and cons of various flooring types. This visual guide covers nine different flooring types and how they rate when it comes to cost, durability, difficulty of installation, and how easy they are to clean.

The guide comes from Direct Buy, and lays out the pros and cons for ceramic or porcelain tile, floating wood tile, carpet, hardwood, engineered wood, bamboo, cork, stone, an vinyl flooring. Installing flooring can be an incredibly difficult task to take on, so it helps to know what you’re getting into, and whether the flooring type you like is actually worth it.

One type might be easy to install, but is hard to clean. Another might be durable and easy to install, but is more expensive. Check the guide below to see what flooring might be best for you and your home.

The Pros And Cons Of Different Types Of Home Flooring

A Buyer’s Guide to Home Flooring Types [ via Direct Buy]


  • There are quite a few inconsistencies in this. I’m surprised it got through author/editor checks.
    The description of installation vs durability are mixed up.
    The only floor described as “does not retain heat and will not damper sound” is hardwood… Let me break it to you, tiling and stone are noticeably worse.
    As for cleaning, hardwood (varnished ) is as easy the easiest as it is flat and firm and waterproof (despite your rating), but it’s durability (if you consider scratching of the poly eurethane) is low, but is reasonably easy/cheap to repair and maintain.

    Take this guide with a gran of salt. I am no expert of floors, but I could point out many more issues with this chart – I just don’t have the room to type, the time or the patience to fix them all.

    As a site that value adds, check what you post first … Please.

  • I have to 2nd Dan on this chart. Working in the construction industry, pretty much any hard surface has low insulation properties by itself. That said various products do exist to help reduce this (heated floors, or insulation underneath accessible areas such as wooden floors).

  • Yea im gonna go with these guys – Hardwood is the way to go and is really dependant on what type of timber you are using. Additionally if you lay your hardwood on a vibration dampening substrate it will solve your sound issues and provide better insulation.

  • The home I moved into used to have hardwood – until I had it renovated. I don’t think it was the right material for me; as I have a lot of pets. I don’t fancy removing stains and all that gunk from wood over time. I talked to someone from and he told me all about concrete flooring. Had it installed and has been a happy camper eversince. I love that it’s low maintenance, yet provides a cozy atmosphere in my living room.

  • Great post and exactly what I needed. I recently completed my floor renovation work with artech stone polishing service in sydney.

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