Guide to Flooring Options

Posted by Tarvin Realtors on Friday, December 9th, 2016 at 4:30pm.

Are you planning a renovation in the New Year? Looking to spruce up your home and add value to your property? Or are you making flooring decisions for a new home currently in construction? Flooring materials come in many varieties with many pros and cons. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the choices available for your new floors, take a read below and learn more about what type of flooring is best for you:


A popular choice for bedrooms and studies, carpet is a standard choice in many homes. Although it can sometimes be a little pricey to install, carpet is a great choice for creating a comfortable, cozy ambiance. Carpet will keep your home a little warmer during cold winters and may sometimes also work to reduce noise in the home.

One of the downsides of carpet is the maintenance. Spilling food or liquid on a carpet can easily stain and ruin the floor. For homeowners with pets, cleaning the carpet on a regular basis is a top priority since it will trap pet dander, hair, and dust.


If you’re looking for a durable and luxurious option for you home flooring, consider hardwood. The cost of hardwood is comparable to carpeting, however, hardwood is much easier to clean and maintain. Hardwood floors are ideal long-term flooring options because they can be sanded and finished multiple times over the years.

Unlike carpet, hardwood floors do not insulate the floor and also do not provide any sound dampening that you would find with carpet.


Ceramic or porcelain tiles are popular for kitchen and bathroom areas of the home. These tiles are extremely durable and beautiful, however, they are extremely hard and somewhat uncomfortable to walk on, making them a poor choice for bedrooms or living rooms. Ceramic is easy to clean and also hides imperfections quite easily.

With that being said, ceramic floors will undoubtedly break any type of glass or plate that gets accidentally dropped on them. They are extremely hard. However, if a section of the tile cracks or chips, it’s relatively simple to replace.


Laminate flooring is the best option for homeowners looking to capture a specific theme in their home without spending a fortune. Also referred to as floating tiles, laminate flooring can be installed by an amateur due to its T&G system. T&G stands for tongue and groove, which means the floor tile locks together without needing a harmful adhesive.

Unlike real hardwood, laminate flooring cannot be sanded or refinished, however, for the most part, it’s stain resistant and can be easily replaced if needed.

For more information and tips about the best type of flooring for your future home, call the team at Tarvin Realtors. Contact us today at (201) 444-0690.

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