Buying Guide

Types of Flooring

Floor Types


Carpet is perfect for bedrooms and family rooms where comfort underfoot is important. If your family likes to stretch out on the floor during game or movie night, then this is the right floor type for you. Carpet comes in texture, twist, loop and pattern types, with each delivering a variety of advantages and benefits. 


For a timeless and classy look, you simply can’t go wrong with hardwoods. They have been around for ages and are surprisingly durable. In fact, depending on the type you choose, you can refinish hardwoods up to five times, and change the sheen to match a newly decorated room. Add an area rug into the mix and you have a beautiful room guaranteed to impress. 


Laminate floors deliver the look of a real wood floor for less money. They can be used in places that hardwoods cannot, such as bathrooms and kitchens, and have improved tremendously over the years in style, performance and ease of installation. Choose from planks, tiles or squares that feature an interlocking tongue-and-groove assembly, which makes installation easier. 


Vinyl floors are extremely durable and economical. They are available in a variety of colors and can either be installed in rolls that are 6 or 12-feet wide, or in 12-inch tile squares. The available finishes are no-wax, urethane or enhanced urethane, and each offers stain-resistance and a nice shine that does not require polishing or buffing. Vinyl can also be installed directly over most floors. 


Tile floors are perfect for rooms that have the potential to get wet, like bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and basements. You can choose from ceramic, porcelain, stone and mosaic tile. Tiles are versatile and can last for many years with little maintenance required. You can even get tile that looks like wood, stone or fabric.