Flooring Decision Guide
Find the Perfect Floor for Every Room of Your Home
Finding the right flooring for your home is easy if you know which questions
to ask. At The Home Depot, we can help you ask the right questions - and then
answer them with a full selection of top-quality flooring that's certain to
meet your needs and your budget.
First, consider the five major types of flooring we offer:
Then, ask yourself these questions:
Do you own your home, or do you rent? How long are you planning to stay?
If you own your home, a premium floor in carpet, tile or wood may well be
worth the investment, especially if you're planning to stay in your home for a
number of years.
If you plan to sell your home, the right flooring will enhance its beauty,
increase its value and make it easier to sell.
If you rent, choose the floor that's right for your circumstances. Consider
your budget and your performance requirements, then factor in how long you
plan to stay in your home.
Which room is receiving a new floor?
Understanding your room's
specific needs will help you choose the right flooring. Consider these
Traffic - How many people use the room, and how frequently? Are there
specific patterns or lanes of traffic that should be considered? Does the room
open to the outdoors? If so, what kinds of materials (like soil or sand) might
be tracked into the room?
Usage - What activities take place in the room, and how often? How
might each of these activities either affect or be affected by the room's
flooring? (Plush carpeting may be ideal for a master bedroom, where traffic is
low, while laminate might be good for a laundry room, where water is a factor.)
Pets - Will pets use the room? The number and kinds of pets you have
may make certain types of flooring more appropriate than others.
Safety - Will young children, disabled people or elderly people be
using the room? In a children's playroom, for example, a carpet that's soft to
land on makes sense - but not so soft that it's slippery. Wheelchairs need a
firm surface to move easily, so plush carpets may not work while shorter,
denser loop carpets or a vinyl floor may be perfect.
What type of look is important to you?
Does the style, color or pattern of the flooring you are considering match the
mood and activities of your room?
Does the flooring reflect your decorating preferences? Matters of style are
just as important as traffic or usage.
How do you want your flooring to feel underfoot?
Will anyone be standing or walking for a long time on the floor? If so, the
comfort offered by a resilient or cushioned floor may be important. Vinyl's
natural resilience makes vinyl floors very comfortable. Hardwood floors are
also resilient, but less so than vinyl. Laminate floors achieve remarkable
comfort by "floating" on top of a cushioning system that absorbs the stress of
each step and then rebounds, giving a slight spring to your step.
Is the feel of the floor important? If people will frequently sit or lounge on
the floor, how it feels is very important. If people will mostly just walk on
the floor, its durability and resistance to dirt may be more important than
If you choose carpet, a premium carpet pad will ensure maximum comfort
underfoot. A thicker, denser pad will feel softer and more resilient, and will
prolong the life of your carpet. A premium carpet pad also muffles noise
better than other pads and provides the best insulation.
To learn more about which types of flooring work best in a particular room,
choose one of our room-by-room comparison guides.
Also see Criteria
for Flooring (PDF), which covers such factors as traffic, safety,
durability, comfort, style, moisture and noise. Understanding these factors
will help you select the best flooring for your needs.