If you have pets or kids and tend to be tough on your floors tile is a great option! Tile comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. If you like the look of wood floors but not the maintenance then a plank tile may be for you! Many tiles are now offered with rectified edges which allows the grout lines to be as small as 1/16” . Smaller grout lines mean less cleaning and a beautiful, seamless look.
Vinyl flooring is one of the most popular options currently. It comes in a variety of looks that can mimic tile or wood. People tend to like the feel of vinyl flooring installed as it has a backing made with either cork or foam that gives your feet more cushion than tile or wood. Most vinyl flooring is water resistant which is great if you ever have a leak or flood. The material is not glued down like wood or laminate tends to be. The pieces lock into each other and can easily be removed, dried, and reinstalled if necessary. We prefer the vinyl backed with foam over cork in case there are any leaks, as the foam is less likely to develop mold. One draw back of vinyl is that it is prone to scratching. You will want to keep felt pads on the feet of your furniture and if you have dogs their nails will likely leave scratch marks over time.
Nothing beats the look of real wood for warmth and natural texture. Most of the wood flooring being used today is engineered wood. This is good for the environment as it allows for more of each tree to be used with less waste. However there are some draw backs to using wood. Wood flooring is easily damaged by leaks or spills that are left to sit. It tends to be more expensive than other flooring options, in terms of materials and installation. It will also require more specialized care and maintenance than most floors. However, if you like using natural materials in your home then wood is one of the best bets for you!