The four basic types of flooring are hardwood, carpeting, tile and natural stone. The Mercury News published an article detailing helpful details about the good and bad about each flooring. Things to keep in mind when choosing flooring include price(of course), longevity, rate of maintenance, suitability for children or pets, liability to stain and comfort. Some flooring, like carpeting, has a lot of comfort and low cost; others, like natural stone, can have comfort and add style to the home.

Key Takeaways:

  • The downside to owning hardwood floors is that they are less family and pet-friendly, owing it to their tendency to scratch and proneness to water damage.
  • You can buy wood, plank,and tile that actually resembles hardwood, while requiring a minimum of upkeep other than some mopping and occasional repairs.
  • Ceramic or porcelain can be quite chilly, but the option of installed radiant heat under the tile should fix that.

“Carpet is comfortable and easy to care for, making it a popular choice for bedrooms and living areas. One benefit of carpet is there are many styles, colors, and textures to choose from.  Another is it provides increased insulation and helps to minimize sound.”

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