Flooring Types Recommended By Builders


Choosing the best type of flooring for your home can make a significant difference in the finish of your build and enhances the overall value of your home. There are many types to choose from and many factors to consider before choosing your flooring finish. In this article, we will discuss the types of flooring we recommend for your new home and any pros and cons they might have.


Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles are extremely versatile because they can be used as indoor and outdoor floor tiles, as well as for countertops. They are a great option to many because of its resistance to water, abrasion and stains. Some of the more popular finishes for tile flooring available are matte, embossed, glazed and textured for anti-slip. An unglazed finish is the best alternative for outdoor flooring because of the possibility of standing water and if you are wanting to hide scratches or damage, ceramic tiles made of porcelain colour are the best alternative due to their composition.

Pros: Ceramic tiles are cheaper than hardwood flooring and fairly easy to clean. Glazed ceramic tile is very durable and resistant to scratches and its colour doesn’t fade over time. It can also stand relatively high temperatures and is great for summer.

Cons: The grout lines from tile flooring can be very difficult to clean, especially if you buy low-quality tiles, which can also chip. Ceramic tile is brittle, making it susceptible to chipping and breakage. Some types of ceramic tiles with a high gloss finish can scratch over time and can pose danger as it becomes slippery when wet or polished. Tiles can also be cold in winter, so attempting to heat can be very expensive. 


Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring has been a popular choice amongst many home buyers because of its natural beauty and durability. According to surveys, houses with hardwood flooring are easier to sell as they provide a long-lasting, wear resistance surface. Hardwood flooring comes in Maple, Pecan, Beech, Cherry, Oak, Pine, Birch, Walnut, Hickory and more. This type of flooring is easy to install and can last up to 30 years with proper care.

Pros: Hardwood floors increases the market value of your home and gives you a great resale value. They are easy to install, durable and easy to clean and maintain, usually only requiring vacuuming.

Cons: No matter how hard the wood is, hardwood floors are vulnerable to decay and damage caused by termites, water, and other harmful substances. Some types of hardwood flooring can darken with age and other types can shrink and expand due to temperature change, creating gaps or overlapping planks. Hardwood is also quite expensive.


Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is one of the cheapest and most practical flooring types available. It is an excellent option for high traffic areas, providing a strong and durable surface. Laminate flooring resembles natural materials and comes in a wide range of colours and designs.

Pros: Laminate flooring is very easy to maintain and can resist burns, scratches and chips. Its surface is also tough enough to take the load of a busy household. It can look like real wood or tile, making it very difficult for others to tell if its real or not.

Cons: Laminate Flooring can be susceptible to deformation due to exposure to high temperatures or  damp environments. It can also not be repaired and if damaged, a flank or sometimes even a whole room will need to be replaced altogether. Laminate can not be refinished.


Marble Flooring

Marble tiles are harder and more durable than ceramic tiles. They can be used for floors, walls and hallway columns. The elegant look of marble flooring adds beauty to a house and therefore increases the market value, like with hardwood flooring. These tiles are available in different sizes and can also be cut into desired shapes and sizes.

Pros: Marble tiles are easily cleaned and maintained and are resistant to stains and water. They are very versatile and come in a range of colours and variations. This flooring adds a great resale value to your home.

Cons: Its biggest drawback is the cost and because the stone is so heavy, installation can be difficult.


Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is another cheaper alternative. Like laminate flooring, it can be made to look like wood or tile, although still not as good as the real thing. When installed properly, vinyl flooring can last up to 20 years.

Pros: The material is light, making it easy to install. Its water resistant and easy on your feet, making it quiet. It is also very inexpensive compared to other flooring types.

Cons: Vinyl flooring contains harmful substances that when releases into the air, can cause respiratory problems and other illnesses. It can also be a waste problem because it’s non-biodegradable. Vinyl isn’t the most durable option either and can be easily damaged by heavy or sharp objects. Low quality vinyl fades over time as well.