Considerations for Choosing Floor Coverings

Some things, like paint and window treatments are easy to change out. Floor coverings on the other hand, require larger investments to change. If you’re thinking of making a change, review these considerations for floor coverings before you make the move.

Hardwood flooring

Longevity and Durability

While specific flooring options within a product category may have longer or shorter life expectancies, the material of your flooring will largely determine how long it will last. Generally speaking, carpet offers the shortest lifespan – even with new stain guarding techniques and more durable compositions. After 10 years, most carpeting will show signs of wear and staining. Vinyl, laminate or tile flooring can offer longer lifespans but are often replaced from falling out of fashion rather than wear and tear. For those looking for something that can last a lifetime, hardwood flooring is a great choice. While some may argue that hardwoods are more easily scratched or dented then tile, hardwood flooring can be refinished, extending its life indefinitely. Be cautious with engineered hardwood flooring options as many of these can only be refinished one to two times before the product must be removed.


The best choice may already be in your home. Though not a sexy pick, using the same tile or shared of hardwood flooring will offer your home continuity – particularly when implemented on the same level. That gorgeous walnut flooring may look stunning on the showroom, but how does it look up against the tile in your kitchen and the maple flooring in your foyer?

Future plans

Where do you expect to be in five years? If you’re not certain in your “forever house”, don’t pay the premium for “forever flooring.” It’s difficult to get 100% of a remodeling investment back when you sell your home. So, if you think your house could be on the market in the coming years, consider an option that is neutral and will appeal to a broad audience without breaking the bank.

Are children in your future (or present)? Tile is the easiest to clean and the most resistant to scratches and dents.


Carpet may not be the easiest on the eyes, but typically delivers the most comfort – particularly for bedrooms and other areas you’re likely to lounge without shoes on. Don’t overlook comfort in the kitchen. Hours on your feet washing dishes or cooking can lead to back pain. Flooring with a bit of give such as vinyl or hardwood can make all the difference.


Generally speaking, carpet is the most economical flooring option, followed by vinyl, tile and hardwood flooring. But like with most things, there are exceptions. Each category offers premium options which can push your investment well beyond an entry level or mid level price of the next product category. Tighter wound carpet offers greater durability and comes with a higher price tag. Desirable stone such as marble or travertine are among the priciest options for tile. Those installing hardwood flooring can find products made from exotic woods such as ebony for a looks that’s both distinctive and costly.

There’s a lot to think about when selecting a flooring product. Be sure to think through these considerations to ensure you end up with a product you’ll be happy with for many years to come.

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Published : 04 Oct 2015
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