If you’re in the market to renovate your home’s flooring, you might be overwhelmed with all of the options available. That’s because choosing the right flooring is much more complicated than picking what looks best. There are many factors that need to be considered before choosing the best floor for you. Here’s a guide that should help you narrow down your decision.

For High-Moisture Areas
In a high moisture environment, you want flooring that is well suited for it. This choice is crucial, as moisture can be damaging to carpet and hardwood flooring. High moisture areas are typically basements and garages. The types of flooring that are well-suited for these environments are: concrete, vinyl plank, laminate, engineered hardwood.

If moisture isn’t a limiting factor, then you don’t need to worry too much about the type of flooring. Any option can be used.

For Pet-friendly Households
If your house is home to one or many friendly critters, you want something that will be durable and wear-resistant. While there are many flooring types that appear to be resistant to scratches, over time, it will likely take a lot of damage. Solid hardwood is a very sturdy material, but it can scratch easily. Here are the best flooring options for pet-friendly homes: laminate, carpet, porcelain or ceramic tile, vinyl plank

For Low-Maintenance Flooring

Let’s face it, not everyone wants to have to upkeep their home’s flooring all the time. While there are many factors that can contribute to your floor-maintenance (like pets, foot traffic, kids, etc), some options just require more care than others. Some of the best low-maintenance flooring choices are: vinyl, laminate, ceramic tile, engineered hardwood.

There are many factors that go into choosing the best flooring option for your home, but here are a few that you should consider before making the choice. Your lifestyle and the environment surrounding your home should influence your decision.

While there are many options for each category listed above, the next choice is subjective: pick what you like most. After you’ve made the practical decision, it’s time for the aesthetic decision. Do you like the look of hardwood more, or do you enjoy the coziness that carpet has to offer? This step might take more time to decide, but ultimately it is up to you and your family’s needs.