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Making a decision about what kind of flooring you’ll want in your home, is surprisingly a large one! If you’re going to sell your home one day, what will make the biggest impact on buyers?  And if you’re purchasing a home, what makes the most sense for your lifestyle?

Fear not!  We’ve got the answers to help you make up your mind.  To simplify your decision-making process, let’s delve into the various types of flooring you may have heard about, and what the pros and cons are of each!

To start, think about your lifestyle.

Do you have pets? Children? Strong allergies? All of these can have an impact on the flooring you choose.  While having sleek glossy travertine floors may *sound* glamorous and luxurious, does it really fit your lifestyle?  

Being honest about what you need before you decide what would look better on your Instagram is most important.  Function comes first.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate floors are a created with a particle board core, and an “image” on the surface, usually of woodgrain to simulate hardwood flooring, or marbling like stone tiles.  This top layer can vary in thickness depending on the quality of laminate you choose.  It also can vary in how realistic the woodgrain/stone image looks – some high-end laminates are really hard to differentiate with actual stone and hardwood!

Pros of Laminate Floors:

  • Affordability: Laminate flooring provides the look of hardwood or stone at a fraction of the cost.
  • Easy installation: Many laminate products “click” together and don’t need to be nailed to the subfloor, making this easy for DIYers.
  • Resistant to scratches and fading: Much more durable than hardwood, laminate is a great choice for families with kids & pets.
  • Low maintenance: They require minimal upkeep and are resistant to stains.

Cons of Laminate Floors:

  • Limited repair options: Unlike hardwood, laminate cannot be sanded or refinished due to it’s thin “image” layer on the surface.
  • Susceptible to moisture damage: Most laminate floors can’t be used in moist areas, as the particle board core may swell and warp if it gets wet.
  • Can look unrealistic: While laminate can mimic the look of natural wood and stone, some might notice the difference in quality and texture.

Tiled Flooring

There are an abundance of types of tiles available for use in homes.  Some that you may have heard of are:

  • Ceramic Tiles: can be glazed to resist staining.
  • Porcelain Tiles: less porous than ceramic tiles, and can be used outdoors in extreme temperatures.
  • Mosaic Tiles: smaller tiles that when fit together, they create a pattern with the surrounding tiles.
  • Natural Stone: stones like marble, travertine etc. are cut into large slabs to fit your floors.

Pros of Tiled Floors:

  • Durability: Tile flooring is highly resistant to scratches, stains, and moisture, making it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Easy maintenance: Tiles are extremely easy to clean and require minimal upkeep.
  • Heat conduction: Tile floors are excellent conductors of heat, making them work well with in-floor heating.

Cons of Tiled Floors:

  • Cold underfoot: In colder climates, tile floors get chilly if you’re barefoot.  You may want some area rugs.
  • Hardness: Standing for long periods on tiled floors can cause discomfort and fatigue.
  • Grout maintenance: Grout lines can get dirty over time and you will need to give them a good cleaning.

While some homeowners have their heart set on a “carpet-free”, or “hardwood-only” house, most homes have a combination of these flooring types.  The choice of flooring you make for your home really just depends on your personal budget, lifestyle, and aesthetic preferences.

Weigh the pros & cons of each flooring type and whether it will work for your family’s lifestyle.  Whether you opt for the timeless elegance of hardwood, the affordability of laminate, the versatility of vinyl, the durability of tile, or the comfort of carpet, investing in quality flooring is a great way to increase the value of your home.

*All information provided by the Brantford Regional Real Estate Association (BRREA) and ITSO for the highest number of completed transactions since January 1, 2015. All Brantford MLS® House Listings come from the various systems operated by Real Estate Boards and Associations across Canada. The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS® and the REALTOR® logo are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used underlicense. The trademarks MLS®, Multiple Listing Service®, and the associated logos are owned by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify the quality of services provided by real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used under license.

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