How to Choose Flooring

Flooring is one of the biggest considerations when choosing a design for your home and choosing the right style can create a look that is both functional and beautiful.

Certain types of floors are better for specific areas in your home, while others are not recommended in various spots, making the decision even more important. We’ll help you choose the right flooring options for your needs. 

The Best Flooring Option for Each Room

Best Basement Flooring Options

Best Basement Flooring Options

Basements are below-grade, which makes them especially susceptible to moisture and cold, even when the weather is dry. Depending on the integrity of your foundation, the drainage from outside or other factors, you could be susceptible to higher levels of basement moisture or even flooding. Installing a well-insulated subfloor can help you keep your flooring dry and mould-free.

Different types of flooring can have beneficial effects when trying to control moisture when installing them in a basement area.

Engineered Hardwood

One of the best floors for basements, engineered wood is built in layers and holds it’s shape when subjected to limited amounts of moisture.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile gives you a finished surface look that can be installed directly on concrete or on an underpad. Because it isn’t wood, you don’t have to worry about rot due to moisture.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl is a great flooring option as it looks like hardwood but is inexpensive in comparison. It is also extremely water resistant, helping you with moisture control.

Carpet

A great basement flooring option when installed with a solid sub-floor system, and it makes the floor feel softer and more comfortable.

Best Kitchen Flooring Options

Best Kitchen Flooring Options

As the social hub of many homes, your kitchen is prone to regular foot traffic and common cooking spills.

Porcelain tile is durable and looks great, vinyl and laminate floors are moisture resistant and cheaper than hardwood, and engineered hardwood flooring is durable and can be used to match the existing flooring throughout the space to create a seamless look. These are the best flooring for kitchens because they're simple to clean, come in a variety of styles and can be easily matched with a tile backsplash. Choose something water-resistant or waterproof to mitigate damage in the event of leaky plumbing.

Best Kitchen Flooring Options

Best Bathroom Flooring Options

Bathrooms are one of the most humid rooms in the home, and therefore need a flooring that is moisture- and mould resistant and can withstand humidity from things like running faucets and showers.

Vinyl flooring and ceramic tile have been the flooring of choice for some time as they’re both great for moisture control and easy to install. However, newer versions of laminate flooring, like Lifeproof Water-Resistant Laminate, can handle the excessive moisture, and withstand spills and water for up to 24 hours making them a great choice as well.

Bedroom Flooring

Best Bedroom Flooring Options

Carpet is the traditional choice for bedrooms when it comes to comfort. However, hardwood and engineered hardwood have become popular alternatives, providing fashion, function and an upscale appearance. Vinyl and laminate flooring are other smart, cost-effective solutions.

Living Room Flooring

Best Living Room Flooring Options

The biggest trends in living room flooring include vinyl, wood, laminate and wall-to-wall carpeting. Tile is another durable option for living rooms. Consider accenting your new flooring with an area rug to add warmth to the space. 

Dining Room Flooring

Best Dining Room Flooring Options

If your dining room is used frequently, wood, laminate and vinyl flooring are durable options that will help create an easy to clean surface and a warm atmosphere for more formal occasions. Carpet is a possibility, but opt for a stain-resistant carpet like Lifeproof or select a darker colour to ensure the carpet stands up to accidental food spills.

Family Room Flooring

Best Family Room Flooring Options

Family room floors endure lots of foot traffic from family and friends, so consider flooring that's durable, but also comfortable. Carpet is a good fit, as is hardwood flooring, engineered hardwood, vinyl and laminate flooring, which - when combined with area rugs – create a relaxing atmosphere.

Room Type Vinyl Laminate Engineered Hardwood Solid Hardwood Tile Carpet
Basement Flooring (Below Grade)


 

Kitchen Flooring

Water-resistant styles only



 
Bathroom Flooring

Water-resistant styles only
   
 
Bedroom Flooring



 
Living Room Flooring




 
Dining Room Flooring



   
Family Room Flooring




 
Choose your Flooring Based on Grading

Depending on the grading of the area where your new floors are being installed, you’ll have to choose specific types of flooring.

 

Carpet, hardwood, engineered hardwood, laminate, tile and vinyl are great for on-grade (ground level) or above-grade usage. Basements, which are below grade, carry more of a concern for moisture damage, and therefore a water-resistant flooring is preferred in that area.    

Types of Flooring

Vinyl

Vinyl

Vinyl comes in a variety of patterns and colours and can also mimic the appearance of other flooring, such as ceramic tile and hardwood. It’s also durable but soft on the feet. With so many choices, it’s the perfect choice for almost any room, including kitchens, bathrooms and basements.

Laminate

Laminate

Laminate flooring has proven to be an innovative and cost-efficient alternative to hardwood flooring, and is available in a wide selection of colours and grains. It's also more scratch- and dent-resistant than hardwood, making it the perfect choice for active households, and can even be installed below grade. Select laminate styles are now available with water resistance, allowing for use in kitchens, bathrooms and areas that have risk of spills and dampness.

Tile

Tile

Tile is durable and available in a variety of colours and styles, such as ceramic, porcelain, glass and natural stone. Tile is also moisture- and stain-resistant, making cleanups a breeze. Tile can now be found with a slip-resistant coating that allows for better traction in bathrooms and showers, keeping you and your family safe.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood can be a more cost-effective solution than solid hardwood and, at the same time, provide the same appearance of solid wood flooring. Engineered wood can be used both above and below grade as well as over concrete slabs, making it a perfect choice for basements and condominiums.  

Hardwood

Hardwood

Solid hardwood never goes out of style, and is a fashionable choice for every room of your home. Hardwood is renowned for its warmth and elegance. When properly maintained, it can last a lifetime.

Carpet

Carpet

Carpet comes in an array of textures and fibres, and adds a comfortable, decorative touch to any room. On a cold day, there's nothing like getting out of bed and stepping onto a warm carpet. With new product introductions in carpet, you can now find a stain-resistant, hypo-allergenic carpet that resists fading and is ready to withstand everything your family, or pets, can throw at it. 

How to Clean your Floors

We’ll help you keep your wood, carpet and tile flooring looking like new with these easy cleaning tips for all types of floors.

Cleaning Tile

Tile

Tile will sparkle when cleaned with simple household cleaners. For a more gentile cleaning, plain hot water can sometimes do the trick. A professional cleaning may also be required to thoroughly clean the grout between your tiles when it starts to discolour.

Cleaning Carpet

Carpet

A vacuum with adjustable, rotating brushes that are strong enough to pull air through the carpet backing will help loosen ground-in soil and remove it. Steam cleaning is also recommended; however, check with your manufacturer beforehand to ensure you’re in compliance with the requirements of your warranty. 

Cleaning Laminate

Laminate Flooring

Vacuum, dry-mop or use a soft-bristle broom to clean your laminate floors. Avoid using excess water on your laminate flooring in order to prevent the water from penetrating between the boards. 

Cleaning Hardwood & Engineered Hardwood

Hardwood and Engineered Hardwood

Dust or vacuum your hardwood regularly and remove spills immediately with a damp cloth. Buff with a soft, dry cloth to bring back a shine. Once a year, clean with a solvent-based cleaner (not-water-based), then wax and buff the floor.

Cleaning Vinyl

Vinyl

Vinyl tends to provide a good shine with little maintenance. If you want your vinyl flooring to have a high gloss or shine, use an appropriate floor polish. Due to vinyl’s waterproof construction, it’s really easy to scrub clean.    

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