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Buyer's Guide to Flooring

Type Pros Cons Care Requirements
Carpet
  • Soft, quiet, and provides a layer of insulation
  • Large selection of colors & textures available
  • Available in stain-resistant fibers
  • Can stain depending on the spill
  • Not water-resistant
  • May show wear & tear in high traffic areas
  • Must clean liquid spills immediately to prevent mold & mildew
  • Vacuum high-traffic areas often
  • Professional or deep-clean every 12-18 months
Tile
  • Durable and damage resistant
  • Large choice of colors & textures
  • Water and stain resistant
  • Colors may vary in stone tile
  • Grout between tiles can be difficult to clean
  • Requires sealing
  • Must wipe spills up immediately
  • Regularly Sweep or vacuum floors
  • Damp mop floors using a cleaner
Hardwood
  • Long-lasting and durable
  • Wear-resistant
  • Can be refinished
  • Softer woods may dent or mar easily
  • Vulnerable to moisture; can shrink leaving gaps
  • May fade in sunlight or darken with age
  • Floor mats recommended at entries to catch dirt and grime
  • Regularly sweep or dust mop
  • Use protective pads on chairs and tables legs to prevent scratching
Laminate
  • Durable and affordable
  • Resembles natural materials
  • Easy to install so an excellent choice for DIY enthusiasts
  • Cannot be refinished
  • Can be scratched or dented
  • Can be slippery in stocking feet
  • Floor mats recommended at entries to catch dirt
  • Regularly sweep or dust mop
  • Cannot be sanded or refinished
Vinyl
  • Durable and easy to clean
  • Comfortable and warm to the touch
  • Less expensive than most flooring choices
  • Water-resistant
  • Difficult to repair
  • Less expensive grades may discolor
  • Luxury vinyl can cost as much as hardwood or ceramic tile
  • Floor mats recommend at entries to catch dirt
  • Regularly sweep, dust mop, or vacuum
  • Clean spills immediately
  • Damp mop

Choose the flooring option that best fits you and your family.

Durability. Floors withstand a lot of abuse from children, pets, and heavy traffic. For high durability you can't beat ceramic and stone tile or laminate. And even though scratches and dents will show on hardwood, the surface can be refinished and returned to its original beauty.

Moisture Resistance. For rooms that tend to be more humid, such as kitchens, baths, and laundry rooms, select flooring that is more water-resistant, such as vinyl, tile, and certain laminates. (Check with a Diamond Flooring Specialist for product recommendations.)

Longevity. Standing the test of time are stone and ceramic tiles and hardwoods. Most other flooring materials will eventually need replacing.

Maintenance. For flooring that is very easy to care for and maintain, choose vinyl, laminate, or ceramic tile. These surfaces clean up with just a sweep or a damp mop.

Indoor Environment. If you or someone in your family has allergies or other sensitivities, your best choice is a hard floor type, such as ceramic tile, where there is much less opportunity for dust mites and other allergens to thrive.

For all your flooring needs, you can rely on the experts at Diamond Home Improvement for selection, pricing, and customer service.