Understanding the pros, cons and costs of popular flooring materials

Choosing the right flooring for your project isn’t easy! There is an endless variety of products to choose from and each has its own pros and cons in terms of look, cost, and durability. Hardwood flooring is certainly beautiful and durable, however, it’s can easily be damaged by water. It’s also on the more expensive side of the flooring cost spectrum. Carpeting is definitely comfortable and easy to take care of, but it’s not the best choice for those with allergies. Ceramic or porcelain tile has become very popular but it is quite cold on the feet. Radiant floors can solve this problem but at a cost.

Key Takeaways:

  • There is a huge variety of flooring materials available depending upon your preferences, needs, and budget.
  • Hardwood flooring is beautiful and versatile, however, it is susceptible to water damage and on the pricey side.
  • Carpeting is affordable and comfortable, but is not the best option for those with allergies.

“According to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide, homeowners report spending an average of between $2,545 and $6,480 to install hardwood flooring.”

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