One home improvement project that can raise the value of the house is replacing the floors. Flooring materials, just like anything else, don’t last forever. Eventually, you will need to replace them. Learn about your options before deciding on what type of floors to put in.

Hardwood Flooring Materials

Hardwood floors are a classic type of flooring material that is attractive, durable, and easy to clean. Hardwoods come in rich shades and can be refinished time and time again to last for decades. While you may never have to replace hardwood floors in your lifetime, the initial installation is a big investment. Hardwood materials are pricey and the labor is difficult and requires skill.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood resembles hardwood floors but is made from a hardwood veneer over a layer of plywood. It is less expensive than hardwood but provides the same traditional and luxurious flooring appearance. Because the layer of hardwood is thin, it can only be refinished once in its lifetime. It does not have as much longevity as hardwood but is a more affordable option.

Tile Flooring Materials

Tile is the top flooring material option for any room that has a water source. Kitchens, bathrooms, and even the laundry room are best equipped with waterproof flooring to prevent water damage to the subfloor. There are many different types of floor tiles to choose from, from various types of stone to ceramic, porcelain, and glass. While it is one of the most diverse flooring materials, it is also one of the most expensive. It requires a professional to install, as it takes careful measurement and precise cutting of hard materials.

Vinyl Planks or Tiles

Recently, vinyl flooring has come a long way. There are now luxury vinyl floor options that boast a variety of benefits. They are less expensive and easier to install than traditional tile and wood. Most vinyl flooring is 100% waterproof. It comes in a wide range of textures and colors and convincingly mimics stone tile or hardwoods.


Carpet used to be a more popular flooring material than it is today, but it is still appropriate for some rooms. Many parents like to put carpeting in nurseries and children’s rooms to give kids a soft floor to play on. Carpeting stains easily and needs to be cleaned frequently. Otherwise, it will harbor dust and dirt.

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