Thanks to the advent of technology there are so many different options available to the modern homeowner. Gone are the days of just carpet or hardwood; there's a whole plethora of interesting materials engineered to do all kind of different things to make your life easier.
Let's look at an overview of the top flooring options for your home:
A more affordable option for those who don't want to compromise on aesthetics, engineered wood is actually a wood veneer over a plywood-like substrate. This makes it less susceptible to common problems traditional hardwood faces, such as shrinkage during weather changes. It can also be installed directly over concrete, or even over an existing floor. It's able to be refinished a few times, but unfortunately what it makes up for in price and practicality it lacks in longevity, meaning after a decade or two it may need replacing.
Now onto a more traditional choice, hardwood. It's expensive but durable, classy, and adds to your home's resale value. It's a good idea to treat hardwood mindfully, so cover high traffic areas with rugs, clean up spills as fast as possible, and get it refinished when needed. If you want to be more environmentally friendly, look into bamboo as an alternative
Porcelain or Ceramic Tile
Another classic flooring options, porcelain and ceramic tiles have long been the go-to option for the bathroom. Look into getting textured tiles to eliminate slipping – you can even install a heating element if you want to keep your toes toasty.
Carpet is the most comfortable flooring a homeowner could want, and thankfully now there are many different materials designed to suit every room. It's important to find a carpet which will stand the test of time, so look into the benefits of each material (synthetic or natural for example) and apply treatments if applicable.