Flooring Guide

Flooring Guide

Installing new flooring in your property can completely transform your space. If you’re still rocking some old school carpet or your adhesive floor is peeling, it may be time for an upgrade.

 

Let’s break down your flooring options.

1. LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank)

luxury vinyl plank floor

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Looks good
  • Easy to maintain
  • Many colors and styles
  • Durable
  • Affordable ($2-3 per sq/ft)

Cons

  • Can’t be refinished
  • If lots of natural light, the sun could fade it over time
  • Some LVP can off-gas VOCs

2. Vinyl Sheet

Pros

  • Easy installation
  • Water resistant
  • Affordable ($1-2 per sq/ft)

Cons

  • Can be toxic (off-gas VOCs)
  • Hard to repair
  • Low value for homes
  • Not super durable

 

3. Laminate

laminate flooring

Pros

  • Affordable ($2-3 per sq/ft)
  • Easy to install
  • Durable

Cons

  • Looks/feels cheaper than others
  • Not the best value
  • Can’t be refinished

 

4. Engineered Wood

engineered wood floor

Pros

  • Looks and feels similar to hardwood
  • Easier to install than hardwood
  • Better value than laminate
  • Materials cost $3-4 per sq/ft

Cons

  • Installation not easy to DIY
  • Similar price to real wood
  • Can’t be fully refinished

5. Hardwood

hardwood floor

Pros

  • Looks and feels great
  • Can be refinished
  • Good value for home

Cons

  • Expensive ($6-12 per sq/ft)
  • Hard to install
  • Not as durable or waterproof – can scratch or dent

 

6. Carpet

grey carpet floor

Pros

  • Affordable ($1-5 per sq/ft)
  • Feels warm and soft
  • Provides sound insulation

Cons

  • Low value for homes
  • Can retain dirt a lot
  • Needs to be cleaned professionally
  • Harder to install

7. Tile

cream hexagonal tiles

Pros

  • Looks great
  • Many colors and styles
  • Durable
  • Water resistant
  • Easy to repair

Cons

  • Expensive ($7-20 per sq/ft)
  • Difficult to DIY
  • Can chip or crack
  • Can feel cold

 

Depending on the flooring type and its difficulty to install, you will also need to take labor costs into account. Unless you’re able to DIY, it will cost around $1-6 per square foot for flooring installation. DI Repairs can install any type of flooring, so contact us today for your next flooring project.