Choosing the best flooring material for your home is a big undertaking. Each room has a different purpose, there’s an aesthetic to consider, and if there are kids or pets in the mix, that adds another layer of concern.

We researched five different recommendations to help you compare flooring types in order to choose the best flooring option for each room in your house.

Comparing Different Types of Flooring

Why You Should Choose Carpet

Carpet can make a space feel cozy while also giving it a formal look. If you’re planning on putting down carpet in a room where you may eat sometimes (like the family room) or where the kids play, it shouldn’t be too hard to maintain depending on the type of carpet you choose.

  • Berber Carpet: Berber carpet is made with thicker, heavier loops of yarn, making it a durable option. It is designed to work well in rooms where you spend a lot of your time, as it is easy to clean and maintain. It also offers a casual style.

Closeup of Berber Carpet

  • Frieze Carpet: This is the carpet with the “shaggy” look. Its texture helps hide dirt, should you spill food or drink or track in mud on your shoes. It also offers a casual look with a soft and comfortable surface. If you plan on mixing up your flooring options throughout the house, shaggy carpet is a great complement to hardwood floors.

Frieze Carpet Next to Hardwood

  • Plush Carpet: Also known as texture carpet, this is one of the most popular carpet styles. It has a traditional look with a smooth, level surface and a universal style.

Closeup of Plush Carpet

  • Pattern Carpet: This carpet comes in linear, squared, dotted and geometric patterns to offer an accent to neutral furniture and décor. Pattern carpet is a good fit for rooms where style is more important than function.

Closeup of Geometric-Patterned Carpet

Where We Recommend Choosing Carpet

  • Living and Family Rooms
  • Bedroom

Light-Colored Hardwood Floor

Why You Should Choose Hardwood Flooring

Not only do hardwood floors look nice and add value to your home, they’re an easy-to-clean flooring option, making them great for most rooms.

  • Solid Hardwood: Solid hardwood floors are popular because of their high-quality look. With a variety of stains, plank sizes, wood species and finishes, it’s easy to find a style that works best with the décor in your home. They can also last for many years if they are taken care of properly, making them a worthwhile investment. Because solid hardwood doesn’t hold dirt or dust, it’s easy to keep clean and a good option for high-trafficked areas of your home. Hardwood floors are also favorable to anyone with allergies because they don’t hold pollen, mites or other allergens.
  • Engineered Hardwood: This is a stronger option than solid hardwood and has many of the same benefits. As an added bonus, engineered hardwood is less likely to expand or shrink from changes in humidity, making it ideal in areas with drastic changes in climate. You can save on expenses by installing the wood yourself.
  • Reclaimed Hardwood: Using reclaimed wood for your floors gives your home many of the same benefits as solid or engineered hardwoods provide, but it also adds a little extra character to a room. It’s also the most budget-friendly hardwood option. As an added bonus, repurposing wood for your floors is sustainable.

Where We Recommend Choosing Hardwood Flooring

  • Entryway or Foyer
  • Living and Family Rooms
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Room
  • Bathroom
  • Bedroom
  • Laundry Room and Mudroom

“Hardwood is a great choice for the living room and bedroom. Installing hardwood floors can significantly impact the re-sale of a home, it comes in unique designs, has a classic aesthetic, is environmentally friendly and durable, and it’s easy to maintain.”

Aqsa Jaffri | Marketing Analyst, Hardwood Giant

Man Installing Laminate Hardwood Floors

Why You Should Choose Laminate Flooring

Laminate is a cheaper alternative to hardwood flooring. It’s made to look and feel like wood but costs a lot less, so it’s a good flooring option if you’re on a tighter budget. Laminate is also a good choice in high-trafficked areas of the home, because it resists scratches, wear, fading and stains. Like wood, laminate also comes in a variety of finishes to fit any aesthetic.

Where We Recommend Choosing Laminate Flooring

  • Entryway or Foyer
  • Living and Family Rooms
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Room
  • Bathroom
  • Bedroom
  • Laundry Room and Mudroom

Man Installing Tile Flooring With Different Size Tile Pieces Nearby.

Why You Should Choose Tile Flooring

Tile is another more inexpensive type of flooring that can be made to look like wood or stone. Not only is it stylish, but it is also durable and long-lasting, making it an ideal option for areas that may see a lot of foot traffic or spills.

  • Ceramic Tile: Ceramic tiles come in a variety of sizes, colors and textures to give you options to fit your style. They are water-, scratch- and stain-resistant, making them ideal for entryways and kitchens. Because they can be exposed to moisture without worry, and some tile is slip resistant, they’re also a good fit for the laundry room.
  • Porcelain Tile: Porcelain tile comes in a variety of finishes to match your home décor. It is also good option to consider if you have children or pets, because it does not hold dust or dirt. Translation: it’s easy to clean and maintain. It also does not hold pollen, mites or other allergens.

Where We Recommend Choosing Tile Flooring

  • Entryway or Foyer
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Room
  • Bathroom
  • Laundry Room and Mudroom

Vinyl Tile Flooring

Why You Should Choose Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl is another budget-friendly flooring option that is made to look like higher-quality elements. There are three different types of vinyl flooring with wood or tile appearances. Each has some level of water resistance, making them ideal for areas of the home near outside doors or that may see spills. Vinyl is also durable and resists most scratches, scuffs and stains, making it a good option for rooms that are often used by children and pets.

  • Vinyl Tile: Vinyl tile is made to look and feel like natural stone tile, giving you a desired aesthetic at a cheaper price. Its durability makes it easy to maintain.
  • Vinyl Plank: This is made to look and feel like wood flooring, but costs much less. It is waterproof, so it can be exposed to moisture without worry, and can be purchased in a slip-resistant option.
  • Sheet Vinyl: Sheet vinyl can give a wood or tile look to any room on a budget. It is rip-, gouge- and tear-resistant and defends against moisture, mildew and stains.

Where We Recommend Choosing Vinyl Flooring

  • Entryway or Foyer
  • Living and Family Rooms
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Room
  • Bathroom
  • Bedroom
  • Laundry Room and Mudroom

“Luxury vinyl is the best option for the entryway, bathroom and kitchen. If properly installed, it is durable in high moisture and humidity, is easy to maintain and budget friendly.”

Aqsa Jaffri | Marketing Analyst, Hardwood Giant

Which Type of Flooring Material Will You Choose?

“Flooring material should be chosen based on usage. Keep in mind where and how the floor will be used, if it’s a high-trafficked area of the home and if it’s prone to moisture.”

Aqsa Jaffri | Marketing Analyst, Hardwood Giant

Whether you decide to choose different types of flooring for each room or keep it consistent throughout your home, there are a lot of factors to consider before jumping in. We hope this guide will help you compare flooring types to choose the best options for you. When you finally decide, use our DIY guides to remove your old carpet, laminate and tile floors before installing your new ones.