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Engineered Wood
Engineered Wood
Pros: Selections can be matched to mirror solid hardwood. Cons: - Small spills can cause damage. - Requires regular vacuuming or sweeping to prevent scratches from dust, pet hair and dirt. Price: $5-11 per sq. ft.
Concrete
Concrete
Pros: - Versatile and can be stained, colored, stenciled and saw-cut for decorative embellishment. - Generally stain- and scratch-resistant. - Outlasts most other types of flooring. - Mild soap and water cleans surface easily. - Applying a coat of finish instantly returns shine and luster to surface. Cons: - Porous surface traps dirt if not thoroughly cleaned and properly sealed. - Slippery when wet. Price: $3-5 per sq. ft.
Tile (ceramic, porcelain, etc.)
Tile (ceramic, porcelain, etc.)
Pros: - Available in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and patterns. - Easy to clean and maintain. - Some types are moisture-, stain- and scratch-resistant. Cons: - Tendency to chip and crack. - Grout lines susceptible to staining. - Surface is cold on bare feet. - Price: $9-20 per sq. ft.
Stone (marble, limestone, granite, etc.)
Stone (marble, limestone, granite, etc.)
Pros: - Available in a variety of colors and patterns. - Durable. - Creates a stunning presentation. Cons: - Pricey. - Surface is cold on bare feet in winter months. - Slippery when wet. - Some cleaning agents can damage surface. Price: $20-70 per sq. ft.
Cork
Cork
Pros: - Soft surface is comfortable underfoot. - Easily installed. - Available in a variety of colors and patterns. - Naturally fire- and water-resistant. - Surface is warm to the touch for added winter comfort. - Material is natural and sustainable. Cons: Durability decreases with heavy foot traffic (e.g., large, active families). Price: $2-8 per sq. ft.
Laminate (faux wood, stone, tile, etc.)
Laminate (faux wood, stone, tile, etc.)
Pros: - Very durable. - Easily installed. - Can be applied directly over old flooring. - Available in a wide variety of colors and designs. Cons: - Can’t be refinished. - Spills can damage the surface. Price: $4-9 per sq. ft.
Bamboo
Bamboo
Pros: - Aesthetically pleasing for virtually every design type. - Environmentally friendly. - Comes in solid and engineered types. - Has the look and texture of hardwood at an affordable price. - Comes in a variety of staining options. - Like hardwood, solid bamboo can be refinished multiple times. Cons: - Prone to dents. - Spills can damage surface when not mopped up quickly. Price: $5-15 per sq. ft.
Solid Hardwood
Solid Hardwood
Pros: - Durable. - Can be refinished multiple times, even painted or stained for additional versatility. - Wood comes in a variety of types. - Proper sealing and continual maintenance can preserve flooring for decades. Cons: - Susceptible to nicks, dents and discoloration. - Installation can be difficult. Price: $6-13 per sq. ft.
Linoleum
Linoleum
Pros: - Available in a wide variety of colors, patterns and designs. - Highly resistant to damage, moisture and wear. - Biodegradable and environmentally friendly. - Selections can be matched to mirror solid hardwood. Cons: - Porous surfaces can retain dirt if not maintained. - Grout needs to be resealed every 3 to 10 years, depending on use. Price: $4-9 per sq. ft.
Vinyl
Vinyl
Pros: - Affordable. - Easily installed. - Durable. - Generally resistant to stains and damage. Cons: - Susceptible to tears and lifting if moisture gets trapped underneath. - Must be waxed regularly to maintain luster and sheen. Price: $3-8 per sq. ft.