Best Types of Flooring for Homes in Austin

Laura Hernandez

Laura Hernandez

August 29, 2019

Flooring is such an important detail to consider for your home. You'll want something durable with good underfoot feel that compliments the style of your home. If you have kids or pets, it's also important to consider factors like how easy it scratches, replacement, water-resistance and of course, you'll want it to look good and not cost you an arm and a leg! We looked at types of flooring that are trending in Austin. We thought about what would go best with the climate, style and maintain it's market value for you. Here is our short guide to the best types of flooring you can install in your home in Austin.

Bamboo

Of course, we are partial to this option considering the name of our company, but it's for a good reason. Bamboo is a sustainable flooring option that is very durable and long-lasting. It is more water-resistant than natural hardwood and comes in a variety of stains and widths. Bamboo flooring looks like a normal hardwood floor, which means it works in many applications. Although the price point is a little higher (from $2 to $8 per sq ft), it is a flooring option that is good for our planet and for your home!



Engineered Wood

The incredible part about technology is that it helps us solve problems we couldn't before. Standard hardwood was prone to warping in humid or moist areas like kitchens and entries, so the flooring industry created something called engineered wood. This type of wood is made of several layers (3-7) of plywood or high-density fiberboard that are glued together and compressed and then cut with a tongue and groove in the sides for easier installation. Thickness can range from 3/8-inch to 1/2-inch. Once the base is made, these planks are topped with a thin layer of real wood or a veneer. This veneer can be sanded once or twice in its lifetime giving you the same advantage of real hardwood, without the susceptibility of warping under moist conditions.



Concrete

This option isn't for everyone, but when used in the right setting, can be super cool looking and keep your home cooler too! We know it is HOT here, which is why we recommend flooring that won't add to the heat of your home by insulating it further. Concrete doesn't have to be rough like sidewalks but can be finished in a variety of ways to give you a modern or eclectic look, plus its a neutral color and easy to throw a rug on top of. We wouldn't suggest this option very much for kids as it's quite hard and unforgiving if you take a fall, and it easily absorbs liquids and stains if something is spilled on it.



Stone

Stone tile is an awesome option to use as flooring. This type of tile doesn't retain heat and can give your home a cool, open look and feel. Stone tile is usually made from travertine, marble, granite, slate, or limestone and each come in a variety of colors, shades, and sizes so you'll have a wide range of choices. Stone is great for entries and kitchens as it does not stain easily, can handle moisture, is fairly easy to relace and holds up well in high traffic areas. It is another very hard surface, so if you have young children, it might be worth considering a lot of rugs or choosing a softer option.

If you like the thought of tile, but want to go for a different look, we have a tile guide where we go into all of the different types and styles of tile. You can read it here.



LVT/LVP (Luxury Vinyl)

When you hear "vinyl" you're bound to think of something cheap and plasticky. Maybe a doctors office floor or something similar but vinyl has come very far in the last years and now is a very affordable, beautiful, and low-maintenance choice for flooring in your home. Vinyl is great because it can be installed nearly anywhere because of it's high traffic wear layer. Most manufacturers guarantee it for up to 30 years. It can also be installed in bathrooms or kitchens because it is water-resistant. It has a soft feel and is very quiet underfoot. You will not be disappointed in the wide variety of colors and patterns it comes in either!



Cork

Cork is another renewable flooring option that has made many advancements recently. Cork is a very soft material which makes it ideal for places where you will be standing a lot, and for kids! When a water-resistant sealer is placed on top, it can serve as flooring in any area of the home. It is easy to install and can be refinished several times depending on the thickness of the original material. Cork also has the highest rating for insulating both cold and hot temperatures so you might even save some money on your utility bills with this one!



Other Flooring Options:

Hardwood-Hardwood is a very classic option when done right, it can serve you and your home for many years. It is important to pay attention to the quality of wood you install, along with the thickness and wood species. Some types of hardwood will yellow overtime or fade in high-sun areas. The great part about hardwood is that it is versatile and can be refinished if it is damaged, worn or scratched. it is fairly easy to install with tongue and groove click in options and also unfinished wood that you can sand and stain on-site. We would always recommend getting a professional to install your hardwood though.

Laminate-Laminate- Laminate is composed of a high-density fiber core and topped with a laminate photo layer and a protective coating. Laminate can mimic the look of wood or stone and comes in planks, tiles, and sheets. It is a material that won't fade, is scratch-resistant and easy to install. It is a great option for DIY and works well if you have kids too!

Marmoleum- Marmoleum is a sustainable flooring choice. It is made from recycled materials that are good for the environment. Marmoleum is dust and dirt resistant making it a good option if you have allergies and kids or pets. It comes in both sheets and tiles, Marmoleum is low-maintenance and is a great choice for high-traffic areas.

Carpet- Last but not least, there is always carpet. Carpet comes in thousands of varieties, thicknesses, and colors. You are bound to find one that fits with your homes needs. There are also recent options that are stain and water-resistant to help with kids and pets. Carpet is always a great option in living rooms and bedrooms or basements.

Where to Buy Flooring in Austin:

Austin Floor Store -
Address: 13800 N IH 35 Austin, TX 78728
Phone: (512) 989-9999
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday: By Appointment Only
https://www.austinfloorstore.com/

Flooring Warehouse Austin-
Address: 2400 West Braker Ln Austin, TX 78758
Phone: (512) 861-0018
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: Closed
https://www.flooringwarehouseaustin.com/

Landers Premier Flooring -
Address: 2601 McHale Ct #140 Austin, TX 78758
Phone: (512) 873-9470
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm
https://landerspremierflooring.com/

Floor & Decor Austin-
Address: 4501 W Braker Ln. Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 241-0611
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 7am - 9pm, Saturday: 8am - 9pm, Sunday: 10am - 7pm
https://www.flooranddecor.com/store?StoreID=121&

Austin FLOHR-
Address: 10435 Burnet Road #115 Austin, TX 78758
Phone: (512) 458-4900
https://austinflohr.com/

Lumber Liquidators-
Address: 8627 N I-35 Austin, TX 78753
Phone: (512) 444-0244
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 8am - 7pm, Saturday: 9am - 6pm, Sunday: 11am - 5pm
https://www.lumberliquidators.com/ll/stores/tx/austin/8627-n-i-35

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