Flooring - A Comparison Of The Most Popular Types
Of Floors
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We all know that there are a myriad of different flooring types to choose from, but
which are consistent with more benefits than the others, and also what are the
negatives of one type of floor against the others, and finally in relation to the
others how expensive is each one? Reading this particular article should solve
these questions, and other important things to consider about flooring types.

As humans, we need a flooring type that exemplifies our standard of living,
involvement and even our ownership in a unique style and design that is
perfectly suited to our projects, and lifestyle as well as personal space.
Laminate Flooring
Carpet Flooring
Laminate Flooring
Carpet Flooring
 
Vinyl Tile
Ceramic Tile
Carpet
Wood

Laminate
Characteristics
Vinyl flooring is
one of the most
affordable
resilient flooring
solutions
available. And
depending on
the wear surface
you choose,
materials costs
can be up to
70% less than
other flooring
materials
Ceramic tile is a
hard, versatile
material available
in a variety of
shapes and
colors.
Carpet is a soft,
flexible covering
selected for
comfort rather
than durability.
Several types:
Acrylic, Nylon,
Wool, Polyester
A wood floor
creates an
atmosphere of
elegance in your
home like no
other floor
covering. The
most common
and desired
hardwood
species is oak
because its
relatively neutral
color goes well
with most decors
Laminate floors
often look like
solid wood. They
are available in
different colors
that resemble
different wood
species
Advantages
It is excellent for
high traffic areas
because of its
low cost,
durability, and
ease of
maintenance
It is extremely
durable. And
heat resistant.
Ceramic floors
are stain
resistant. They
are very easy to
maintain
It is very popular
for bedrooms,
family rooms and
hallways
It holds well in
high traffic areas.
Resistant to
scratches.  
Laminate is
cheaper than
wood.
Disadvantages
All vinyl flooring
must be installed
over a smooth
underlayment
Ceramic Tile is
more expensive  
to install than
other types of
floor coverings
Keeping your
carpet fresh
requires
commitment.
Clean at least
once a week in
high traffic
areas. It
accumulates too
much dust.
It can scratch if
you are not
careful. It needs
maintenance.
Expansion and
contraction of
wood from
moisture and
temperature
fluctuation puts
many
dimensional
restrictions on
solid wood floors
Liquids can get
under the
laminate lifting it.
Price Material
Vinyl Tiles Range
from $0.45 to
3.00

Sheet Vinyl  - $.
30.00 – $50.00
Range $.90 -
$4.00 per SFT
Range $1.68 to
$3.50 per SFT     
  
Range $3.00 -
$11.00
Range $2.10 -
$3.80
Price Installat
Range $2.00 -
$3.00
Range $2.50 to
$5.00.

Marble is a lot
more expensive
to install.
Lowes has an
unbeatable
installation
package – A
whole house for
$139.00
Range $1.99 -
$6.00 per SFT
Range $2.10 -
$3.50
Durability
Vinyl Tiles will
last about 10
years
It will last longer
than all other
floor coverings
A well maintained
carpet will last
about 5 years
A well maintained
wood floor will
last about 20
years
Laminate will last
about 15 years
Wood Flooring
Wood Flooring
TILE
Created from the richest, heartiest clay that has been gathered from deep within the earth
and then fired to an intense perfection, evidence exists that this kind of ceramic tile
embellished the personal abodes of the ancient Greeks as well as the Romans. Now, even
in today’s world, the special art form of such floor tile persists.

Ceramic tiles exhibit charismatic textures, vibrant tones and a natural elegance. Tile
flooring presents an affordable option that results in some of the most striking visual appeal
giving each of your rooms a sumptuous charm as well as reflecting your own personal
character. On the negative side of tile floors, they may chip or shatter if something is
dropped on them. Unless properly sealed the grout may become incredibly marred or
stained. Those who like to walk barefoot on tile floors report that on cold days, the tile is
unbearably cold, and if there’s even the hit of wetness, the chances of suffering from a bad
slip are much better on tile than most other flooring.

Assessing the total cost of putting down tile in your home is relatively easy with the use of
this formula: Length x Width + Waste = Amount of tile needed. Waste is figured by the
amount of cuts that will be necessary in order to make the tile fit around corners, toilets and
other built-ins. A good rule of thumb is to figure approximately 10-15% waste. Left over tile
can always be used to fix any that become chipped or broken though use.

Tile runs anywhere from $0.99 per square foot, to as high as $4.00 a square foot. Thinset,
which is what "glues" the tile onto the floor runs about $0.15 to $0.30 a square foot. Grout,
which is what goes between each tile, will cost you about $0.15 per square foot, thus the
low estimate will be approximately $1.29 per square foot and the high estimate will come to
approximately $4.45 per square foot.

CARPETS
Interestingly enough carpet is able to hold a significant quantity of dust and soil, etc.,
without actually appearing very dirty.
Carpeting is comfortable to walk upon barefoot and best yet is warm underfoot on cold
days. Also, because of its thermal resistance, carpeting can lend a very high insulation
factor to your home, thereby reducing the cost of either air conditioning or heating.

The cost of carpeting is figured by the square yard. Measure your rooms and multiply the
Length by the Width to give you the square footage. Take that number and divide it by 9
and this will give you the square yard of each room you wish to carpet. Then take into
account waste or overage. Most estimators use 20% but that may run higher if your carpet
needs to be matched to a design or if seaming will be impossible. Good carpets usually run
about $25 to $30 a square yard. Keep in mind that you’ll also need to add the same square
yard cost for the padding and perhaps installation. There is less waste in padding so your
square yard estimate will differ a bit. I cannot give you an estimate for padding here, as
padding differs greatly in cost by thickness and weight.

The negatives of having carpet are staining, molding, and the fact that a carpet is capable
of retaining odors. Also, if used where the sun may shine on it frequently, it will lose color.

LAMINATE FLOORS
Laminate flooring, sometimes referred to as Pergo, is an ultra-durable manufactured good
that has the looks of real wood or perhaps a stone floor. But it's much less costly than the
“real thing,” is also much easier to install and will last a lot longer. Laminate flooring will
offer the beauty of real hardwood floors or stone tile, however it is approximately two-thirds
the cost. If it is properly cared for, you will get years and years of beautiful laminate
flooring. It is easy to clean, and is very sun resistant. It’s hard underfoot, is slippery, and if
pieces of it are damaged, it must be replaced as it’s not sandable nor refinishable.

WOOD FLOORS
Cost wise wood floors are available for little money. For instance at the moment, 3/8”X3”
caramel maple finished wood flooring is available at $1.79 per square foot. Wood is dense
and very resilient. Colors in wooden floors can fade, but they are refinishable as well as
sandable. It is available in many colors and in high, medium or low gloss. Waste is
negligible in installation. Usually a wood floor requires the purchase of craft paper as well to
reduce creaking.
Ceramic Flooring