Choosing the Best Flooring For Your Remodel

Alfred Zarraga

April 12, 2020

Flooring is an often overlooked consideration in remodeling and it can really make all the difference in the overall look of your home and also in the comfort and feel of your floors. We asked all of the hard questions to help you figure out what type of flooring will really match the needs and styles of your home! Read on to figure out what type of flooring will work best for your next home remodel in Austin.

Will Your Floor Be Installed Where It Can Get Wet?

Yes - Great! There are plenty of options when it comes to floors that can get wet. Options that would work best in damp areas are tile, LVT, engineered hardwood, concrete and laminate.

No - Wonderful, feel free to consider any of the flooring options based on your needs!                

Do You Need a Pet-Friendly Floor?

Yes - You’ll want something that cleans easily like laminate, vinyl or concrete. Hardwood is an option as well if you’re quick to pick things up! Hardwood can scratch kind of easily though so that’s something to be mindful of.

No - Awesome, choose whichever type of flooring you fancy!            

What is your budget per sq/ft?

$1-$5 - The more affordable the better, right? You have plenty of options in this category including tile, LVT, laminate, cork, concrete and lower grade carpet or hardwood.

$6-$10 - Super, you can choose any higher grade options from the list below as well as engineered hardwood and stone tiles!            

How much do you want to maintain your flooring?

Basically never - We get it, right there with you. The best options for you are probably laminate tiles, tile tiles or LVT. Concrete could be a good option but it does require some sealing every once in a while.

I. live. to. clean. - Yay! You can get away with any of the types of flooring then, no problem!              

Porcelain or Ceramic Tile

Tile is a great all around option for flooring that is waterproof, durable and cost effective. Tile can range from $.50 to $13 a square foot with an everage cost of around $2.50 to $3 per square foot. On average you can expect to pay around $4-$5/sq ft to install the tiles and throughout it’s lifetime you may have to get the grout touched up and resealed.

Stone Tile

Another option for your home if you are going for a more rustic look or generally just love stone tiles like granite, travertine or marble. Make sure to get the non-glossy versions so that it is not slippery underfoot. Stone tile comes in at around $7 on average and another $7 on average to install.

Luxury Vinyl Tile/Planking

Which is short for Luxury Vinyl Tile is one of the best emerging options for affordable and durable flooring. It comes in waterproof options as well as being scratch resistant and fairly reasonble in price as well at around $1.50 per square foot. You do need an underlayment in certain cases for this material but it really makes a difference with sound absorption and underfoot feel so it’s well worth it.

Laminate Tiles

These are a good option for several circumstances. The technology behind this kind of material has drastically improved over the last 10 years making it a viable option in a house with better patterns and easier installation. You do need an underlayment layer and glue to install this material.

Engineered Hardwood

This material is one of the latest greatest things! Using 3-5 layers of different kinds of wood and cork, these planks are glued together under high heat and then topped with a real hardwood veneer so that it gives you the look of real hardwood without the risks like warping or swelling. Engineered hardwood is fairly easy to install as well and comes with built-in underlayment. It will run you around $8-$12/sq ft to purchase though and last you a long time!

Hardwood

Now this is the real deal. Hardwood has been around for a long time and is one of the most common and saught after types of flooring. It will run you anywhere from $3-$15 depending on grade and species of wood you choose. There are benefits and drawbacks of each of the types of woods that you can discuss with your GC or us! Hardwood is a little tricker to install and very tricky to DIY!

Cork

Cork is a cool material because it is eco-friendly, soft, water resistant and can be affordable to maintain and install. Cork floors come in tiles and rolls and range from $3 to $12 per square foot. There are plenty of color options and styles to choose from! You can check some out on our Showroom Tour Blog!

Carpet

Carpet is nice and will always be a feasible option for flooring in the majority of a home. Carpet works best in basements and bedrooms where you’d want a soft underfoot material. Carpet does succumb to wear and tear in heavily trafficked areas or any areas with moisture. Unfoutunately it is not the most kid or pet-friendly option but there are a few brands that make moisture and stain resistant options so it’s not off the table entirely! You can expect to pay anywhere from $3.50 to $11 per square foot on your carpet and then of course your hourly rate to have it installed. All carpet also needs to be installed with carpet pad underneath which can add significatnyl to the price if you go for a high quality moisture resistant option or something super foamy.

Concrete

This might be one of our favorite new tredning floor options! We think it adds so much character to a home and this option is also ecofriendly! Concrete is actually more veristle than most people think as well. This option allows for many decorative touches like staining, epoxy, etc. Depending on what your current flooring situation is like you can expect to pay around $2 - $15 per sq foot for your floors. If your general contractor has to grind and re-skim the entire surface to make it even and cohesive then it might be on the higher end of the spectrum.

We are partnered with many local retailers in Austin that would be more than happy to help you choose the best flooring for your home. We are always also here or on our app ready to answer any questions you might have.

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