What type of flooring is right for me

Flooring is a major part of the home. This article gives homeowners the necessary basic tips to make a conscious decision.

Flooring material, color, and styles are often overlooked compared to paint colors of walls, and it shouldn’t. Flooring and the wall color sets the tone of a room. There are two major categories of flooring, tiles, and planks.  Tiles usually refer to ceramic and porcelain and planks are usually any variation wooden look flooring include hardwood, engineer wood, and vinyl. 

The first thing to consider is the functionality of the space. Tile and vinyl are great for kitchen and bathroom because it provides scratch and moisture resistant. They are also great for a home with pets. Next is matching the overall theme of the home. A minimalistic theme home could be better with vinyl while an avant-garde style may contain hardwood and tiles. Once the theme is set, it’s about picking the color and texture. Lighting and wall color plays a big part in the selection process. 

We have listed out characteristics and prices of different type below. We also carry samples of different tiles in our Burlington location. You can visit our showroom to get professional advice on what to chose for your home.

Ceramic/Porcelain Tile Flooring

Depending on the subfloor of the home. There are many ways to install tiles. Common method includes wiremesh, becker board, and ditra. Flooring professionals can give you advice on the best mode of installation.

  1. The same type of tile can have color variations from lot to lot. 
  2. Tiles are easy to maintain (scratch resistant) and has long durability when installed correctly.
  3. Takes longer to install.
  4. When tiles are only installed in one space, it needs a transition piece to merge different spaces. 

Material cost: Starting at $5 for reputable brands.

Quality install for contractors with 10+ yrs of experience: $14-$18 sqft 

Vinyl Tile Flooring

There are two types of vinyl, rigid core floating and glued down. We recommend using rigid core vinyl because it absorbs sound with its backing and easier to maintain with its click installation.

  1. Vinyl is easy to maintain (scratch resistant) and has long durability when installed correctly.
  2. Vinyl provides the wood look with slightly cheaper pricing.

Material cost: Starting at $3.5 for reputable brands.

Install Cost: $4/sqft

Hard Wood Flooring

Hardwood is great for homeowners who seek natural wood field to compliment the overall theme. Hardwood flooring can also come from a variety of sources to give different look and feel. Reclaimed wood, for example, recovered from demolished old wooden houses or beams. This type of wood can give the house an aging feel. When combining with the right furniture, it could easily give a middle-age royalty look. 

Price is depended on tree species.

  1. Hardwood floor is not pet-friendly as it’s not scratch friendly
  2. It can be repaired with wood filler and stained
  3. Hardwood floor has natural grain and patterns

Material Cost: Varies based on the type of wood

Install Cost: $5/sqft 

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a more budget-friendly alternative to hardwood. This is popular among home sellers. Laminate floor needs to install a moisture barrier on a cement subfloor or any subfloor that has a chance of exposing to moisture. 

Laminate flooring is not scratched resistant when scratched, it takes longer to repair compare to hardwood counterparts. moisture and wear and tear 2)Laminate flooring doesn’t repair easily 3) Laminate is cheap to install and supply.

Material Cost: $2-$4/sqft

Install Cost: $4/sqft

All price above is an estimate and subject to change based on size and material chosen.

Hestia Hearth Design one-stop stop solution for kitchen and bathroom needs. It focuses mainly on cabinetry, countertop, and appliance. It’s service also expands to the design of other spaces and renovation. Hesta Hearth Design is located at 3523B Mainway, Burlington Ontario, Canada.