Flooring Buying Guide

Flooring Buying Guide

Today’s flooring provides myriad options for your home, which creates even more questions. Explore the benefits of each selection for your home.

Features & Benefits

Improved technology and manufacturing means that flooring options are better than ever, with multiple colors, patterns and textures available in every material.

Solid Hardwoods

  • Can be sanded and refinished, so you won’t have to worry about replacements
  • Considered the best of the best in flooring
  • Add to a home’s value for a higher resale price
  • Offer a variety of colors, finishes and species to suit your style
  • Varying levels of durability to support your home’s activity level
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Easy to clean – no more embarrassment over carpet stains
  • Some insulation properties reduce drafts and may lower energy bills

Engineered Hardwood

  • Expands and contracts less than solid hardwood, allowing installation on all levels of the house, including the basement
  • Available in a variety of colors, finishes and species
  • Costs less than solid hardwoods
  • Easier installation than traditional solid hardwood
  • May be installed over a concrete slab
  • May be used with radiant heat


  • Scratch-resistant and durable
  • Click-together installation makes installation quick and easy
  • Low-cost
  • Low maintenance – it’s easy to clean and stain-resistant
  • May be installed over most existing floors
  • Resists fading from UV light
Ceramic, Porcelain and Stone Tile

  • Waterproof – so it’s good for use in kitchens, bathrooms and basements
  • Low-maintenance
  • Natural stone tile increases a home’s value for improved resale
  • Natural stone tile offers consistent color throughout the tile, not just on the surface
  • New styles, colors and textures, like wood-look tile, make it an attractive option for every room
  • Relatively easy repair – only replace damaged pieces, not the entire floor
  • Easy installation

Sheet Vinyl/Vinyl Tiles

  • Attractively affordable
  • New production processes create a wide variety of colors, as well as realistic-looking patterns and textures
  • Quiet
  • Water-resistant
  • Durable
  • May be installed over most existing floors
  • Vinyl layers make the floor more shock-absorbent – important when standing for long periods or accidentally dropping dishes

  • Soundproofing qualities make it the quietest flooring choice
  • Insulation properties may lower energy bills
  • Comfortable for bare feet and creating that cozy, right-at-home feeling
  • Cushions falls in homes with toddlers or seniors
  • Creates style flexibility courtesy of countless colors, styles and piles
  • Affordable
  • Covers uneven subfloors and adjusts to uneven walls easily

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