By Adam Dragisic, Beaver Homes & Cottages Package Specialist

floorChoosing which type of flooring to install in your home can be a confusing process. Flooring is one of the largest finishing expenses when it comes to building or renovating and the choices are endless. There is currently a high demand for wood products or wood-look products and these come in various types of materials and styles. When making this choice there are many things to consider.
When it comes to pricing, if it seems too good to be true then it probably is. Never sacrifice quality for price. High quality flooring means longevity and durability. Your floors are used every day and need to be able to endure a great deal of traffic for many years. They are also the focal point of your home and generally the first thing you see upon entering a room. Choosing lesser quality products can lead to health issues for those living in your home as these products may not be VOC (Volatile-Organic-Compound) tested.
In addition to health concerns, you should be focused on what material is best for each application and which product suits your lifestyle. When choosing a wood-look product, you have a variety of choices. Below are some of the most common types of flooring and the benefits of each.

Solid Hardwood
* Elegant and timeless styles
* Provides a natural look and feel
* Great for all living areas above grade
* Not recommended for areas where moisture/water is present

Engineered Hardwood
* Elegant styles like solid hardwood
* Provides a natural look and feel
* Great for all living areas including basement
* Not recommended for areas where moisture/water is present

Laminate
* Durable, Easy to Install
* Great for all areas of the house
* Some laminates are even moisture/mold resistant for
use in bathrooms
* Typically, more economical in cost

Vinyl Plank
* Easy to clean, Durable, Waterproof, Easy to Install
* Amazing for use in bathrooms, mudrooms, and kitchens
* Loose Lay Flooring

Tile
* Easy to clean, Waterproof, Durable
* Adds value to your home
* Advanced technology creates many different styles
* Available in various types such as ceramic, porcelain, marble and more.

As with all building materials, each type of flooring on the market will vary slightly as there are manufacturers who have acknowledged specific setbacks of certain products and increased quality through technological advancements. Some things to consider when purchasing flooring are; transitions from room-to-room, exposure to moisture, humidity and varying temperatures, room usage (kitchen, playroom, mudroom, etc.) and last but not least, budget. Always do your flooring research and speak to an expert about the right type of flooring to meet your unique needs. After all, renovating or starting a new flooring project should be a fun and stress-free experience with spectacular, long-lasting results!