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What's the best flooring for basements, kitchens and bathrooms?

When installing flooring in your home, keep in mind that some materials are better suited for certain rooms while others are not. Use this guide to help you make the best decision for your home.

Best Flooring for Basements

Basement flooring should be highly resistant to moisture, as many basements are below grade. Choosing the best flooring for basement spaces depends on what they’ll be used for. For example: 

  • An epoxy basement floor is a durable finish for concrete.
  • Vinyl basement flooring is generally waterproof or water-resistant. 
  • Laminate floors can be an affordable option, but they’re often not 100% waterproof.
  • Ceramic tile floors are also water-resistant. 

If your basement isn’t moist, carpet tiles are also an option — just make sure to use a moisture barrier.

Best Flooring for Kitchens

Kitchen flooring does more work than almost any floor in the house, so you’ll want to choose a durable floor. The following are among the best flooring types for kitchens:

  • Porcelain tiles can be fashionable, moisture-resistant, and cost less than stone or wood to install.
  • Vinyl flooring can withstand dents, is generally inexpensive and it’s easy to install.
  • Linoleum flooring can be durable, easy to maintain and affordable. 
  • Wood flooring could be damaged by dropped pots and pans, furniture and pets. However, hardwood and engineered wood floors in kitchen spaces are still popular among homeowners.

Best Flooring for Bathrooms

Bathroom flooring must withstand high moisture levels while also being comfortable on bare feet. Here are some of the best flooring options for bathrooms: 

  • Porcelain tiles are generally comfortable, waterproof, stylish and less costly than stone or wood. 
  • Vinyl flooring is waterproof, cost-effective and can imitate wood convincingly.
  • Natural stone can be expensive, but it’s typically hard and durable.

Reach out to a flooring installation and repair professional near you to see which type you should install in your home.

What is the best flooring for dogs?

Waterproof or scratch-resistant flooring is typically the best flooring for dogs. This includes: 

  • Vinyl: Vinyl may not add much to the value of your home, but it is resistant to scratching, stains, dents and accidents. Plus, it’s an affordable option.
  • Tile: Tile is generally water-resistant and scratch-proof, and more affordable than hardwood or stone.
  • Laminate: Laminate is not truly waterproof, but it is tough and often more scratch-resistant than other wood floorings. 

Remember that solid hardwood is susceptible to damage, including dents, scratching, licking and accidents. But if you want to install wood floors, the best hardwood floors for dogs are typically made out of maple, Brazilian walnut or bamboo.

For more tips on choosing the best flooring for dogs, talk to one of the best flooring installation professionals near you.

How much does it cost to install flooring?

The national average cost to install flooring is $5,500, with prices ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 . Your cost can be much lower or higher depending on the type of flooring you select, the square footage of the project, and other important variables like demolition and repair work needed.

Here are some examples of floor installation costs, depending on the material:

Reach out to the top flooring installation specialists near you to get an accurate, free estimate of how much it will cost to install flooring in your home.

What are the disadvantages of vinyl flooring?

The disadvantages of vinyl flooring are worth considering for homeowners. Vinyl flooring is difficult to repair if it tears or scratches because you cannot refinish it. And while it imitates more expensive products, it is still usually easy to spot vinyl flooring. This means it might not add to the value of a house, as most buyers would prefer to remove vinyl flooring and replace it with something of a higher quality. Low-quality vinyl flooring is also susceptible to fading and discoloration from sunlight.

For more information on the disadvantages -- and advantages -- of vinyl flooring, reach out to a flooring installation company near you.

Is it worth it to hire a professional flooring specialist?

Unless you have plenty of experience installing the type of floor you want, it is worth it to hire a professional flooring specialist. 

The first reason is tools — pros have them, and they know how to use them. Without the proper experience, there is a high risk of injury with nail guns and power saws. A good pro also works quickly, saving you time that you could spend doing other things. 

Finally, a pro gets you past options paralysis by helping you decide the best flooring for different rooms and areas of the home.

To get started on your flooring project, contact the best flooring contractors near you today.

How do you clean hardwood, concrete, vinyl and laminate floors?

After you get new floors installed in your home, make sure you maintain them. Use these tips to keep your floors clean, shiny and polished. 

How to Clean Concrete Floors

Start by sweeping or vacuuming the entire surface to remove loose debris. Mopping will require different substances based on the type of concrete floor. For a polished concrete floor, use a specialized polished concrete cleaner. For a painted concrete floor, use a mild all-purpose cleaner. A sealed concrete floor can be cleaned with dishwashing liquid, while an unsealed floor is best cleaned with trisodium phosphate and stain removers. Use kitty litter or cornstarch for grease stains, and distilled white vinegar for rust stains. 

For more tips on how to clean and maintain your concrete floors, consult with your professional concrete flooring contractor.

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Cleaning hardwood floors typically requires a mop, bucket and some type of hardwood floor cleaner. Start by removing furniture and objects. Vacuum up all debris (or use a dust mop), moving with the grain. Spray your cleaner on a small section of the floor, and mop in a figure-eight motion, working backward. Make sure there are no puddles. 

In high-traffic areas, you should mop one or two times per week. Low-traffic areas should be mopped at least once per month. 

To ensure you're cleaning and maintaining your hardwood floors properly, speak with your hardwood flooring installation specialist.

How to Clean Laminate Floors:

Start by vacuuming to remove dust, dirt and other debris. The best mop for laminate floors is a microfiber mop with a sprayer feature. Spray and mop one small area at a time to avoid standing liquid on the floor. Go over the floor with a dry microfiber cloth after mopping to make sure all liquid is gone. 

Although you can use a damp mop, never use a wet mop on laminate floors. Moisture can cause the flooring to bubble, swell and buckle. Instead, use a dedicated laminate floor mop with a laminate floor cleaner spray. The best mop for laminate floors is typically made with microfiber, which picks up dirt and absorbs moisture well.

Consulting with your laminate flooring installer is a good idea if you've never had laminate floors and need more tips on how to clean them properly.

How to Clean Vinyl Floors

Cleaning vinyl plank flooring is easy. Start by sweeping and vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris. Then use a damp — not wet — mop or rag with warm water. While vinyl is waterproof, an excessive amount of water can leak between the seams and affect the glue bond with the floor. When you feel a chemical is needed, make sure to choose cleaning products safe for vinyl planks.

Reach out to your vinyl flooring installer for tips on how to further maintain and care for your vinyl floors.

For more tips, read our guide on how to clean and maintain all types of flooring.

What are the different types of flooring I can install in my home?

Here are four popular types of flooring you can install in your home. 

Solid wood flooring:

Solid wood flooring is made up of 100% wood, and has a very natural look and feel. It can add value to your home and. It can resist wear and tear, and be sanded and refinished multiple times. However, solid wood is susceptible to humidity and water damage. When it’s humid, solid wood could expand and if there’s a flood, it will be hard for the wood to return to its natural shape.

Laminate flooring:

Laminate wood flooring is an artificial product that mimics real wood flooring. Its core consists of fiberboard material, topped by an image print layer and sealed with a clear protective film. Laminate flooring is UV-resistant and less expensive than solid hardwood (approximately $3 to $7 per square foot to install). However, it also has a lower-quality feel, is unable to be sanded and refinished, has a lifespan of around 25 years and will invariably have a repeated print, according to Consumer Reports

A laminate hardwood floor is popular in living areas like dining rooms and kitchens. Their quality has improved dramatically in recent years, making them an attractive alternative to more expensive flooring types. Laminate flooring can also be scratch-prone, easy to clean and maintain, and resistant to moisture. 

Vinyl flooring:

Vinyl flooring is made completely out of PVC plastic and is an excellent option for moisture-prone areas like bathrooms and kitchens. It is durable, comfortable and inexpensive. Vinyl plank flooring and vinyl floor tiles can also imitate stone, tile and wood. However, it is fairly easy to spot vinyl flooring as synthetic. Install luxury vinyl plank and sheet vinyl flooring in areas where moisture is a concern.

Engineered wood flooring:

Engineered wood flooring often has a plywood-core substrate and a genuine hardwood veneer as its uppermost layer. Engineered wood floors are more impervious to humidity than regular hardwood, meaning that it’s less likely to expand, warp and buckle, according to Consumer Reports. However, it can dent easily. The best engineered hardwood has a thicker veneer, as well as a quality that allows it to be sanded down and refinished to increase its lifespan. It can be as durable as solid hardwood, and it’s often an affordable choice for many homeowners.

If you need help choosing the best flooring for your home, reach out to the top flooring companies near you.

Reviews for Boulder flooring installation companies
Lisa G.
Toski did an incredible job. If you’re looking for flooring installers, stop searching and just hire them. They installed 900 sqft of solid hardwood flooring and they did a wonderful job. I’m hiring them again to install another 240 sqft.
Toski Floors llcToski Floors llc
Thumbtack Customer
Toski is fantastic. We love the new wood floors they installed for us!
Toski Floors llcToski Floors llc
Glenda F.
I highly recommend Chris for flooring installation. He was so helpful from start to finish - which was wonderful since I'm in another state - and went above and beyond by picking up the flooring at another Home Depot when it wasn't available locally. His work is superior - removed the existing kitchen floor and installed Pergo in the entry, kitchen, and dining room, installed baseboards in the dining room, and took care of steps in three places leading to "sunken" rooms. Everything turned out beautifully, and I am so pleased. Communication was great, and after having a cancellation, he completed the job prior to the original start date.
Craftsman Floors, LLCCraftsman Floors, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Dez and his crew just installed approx. 1,200 sq. ft. of 5" Beetle Kill, tongue and groove flooring for us. He came in on-budget, both in estimated time and cost. Additionally, his carpentry skills went above and beyond just flooring, as our quirky mountain house has no shortage of "wrong" angles, odd nooks and crannys and old "do it yourself" craftsmanship. I'd hire him again in a heartbeat for any flooring or carpentry project. Job very well done. Thanks Dez!
D And L FlooringD And L Flooring
Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding work! We hired Cesar for hardwood floor installation and trim. The estimate was reasonable, he and his crew worked hard and completed the job precisely on time. The quality of the work was stellar. We are so pleased with the results, and will definitely hire him again!
Kirsten C.
Jeff did a fantastic job laying ~660SF new white oak flooring in our remodel project. He works quickly but super efficiently. We had to change our wood contractor last minute and Kate and Joel were very accommodating. They helped make it work for us and our timeline. This is the beginning of other wood install projects in our house and we will definitely reach out to them again.
Footprints Floors of Metro DenverFootprints Floors of Metro Denver
Haley R.
Do NOT hire Scott. He is a criminal and will take your money, and leave you with THOUSANDS of dollars of repairs to clean up his mistakes. We hired him when our original contractor was injured and we needed to quickly complete the installation of vinyl hardwood throughout our condo. Scott seemed credible, and his reviews were good, he was even friendly and seemed to help us pick out the right materials. The problems started when he showed up to start the project. He told us he needed 30% of our agreed upon project cost as a 'deposit', emphasizing that he's been 'screwed over too many times'. We wrote a check and paid him, thinking it sounded fair. After he had removed our carpet, he told us we needed to level our floor and charged us $1600 for 100 sqft, using concrete leveler (costs $35/bag, and he severely overcharged us). He told us we had to pay him immediately in full, and we felt like we had no choice because we needed the job to be finished, so we paid him. After he poured the self-leveler, he created a huge mound in the middle of the floor (about 1 inch above the rest of the floor) and he chose to install the planks over it instead of completing the leveling by grinding it down and fixing it. I had pointed out the raised mound after it was poured, and he answered in a way that left me assuming he would fix it and wouldn’t install planks on uneven ground. NEVER ASSUME We made the mistake of leaving town, trusting him to finish the project well, so we were surprised to see that he had not fixed the mound and installed planks over the raised section. He had stopped early, leaving 75% of our condo without flooring and covered in dust, saying that the planks were ‘damaged’ and he wouldn’t come back until new planks were delivered. We told him about the raised area, and he immediately got angry stating that “that ridge has been there ever since the condo was built” continually gaslighting us and telling us his “30 years of experience” means he knows our floors better than we do. (There definitely was no ridge before he poured self-leveler.) After finally getting him to come to the apartment to check out the area, my husband suggested that if he pulled up the flooring he laid down and the mound wasn’t his fault, we’d be happy to pay him to fix it and complete the project. He immediately got angry, stormed out of our condo and said “find someone else!” He then began to threaten us with filing a mechanical lien if we didn’t pay him the remaining amount of our initial agreed upon project cost for fully completing the project, which was originally $1,500. NOTE: We had already paid him a $450 ‘deposit’, $1,600 for a botched leveling job, and EVERYTHING will have to be completely torn up and redone, so technically 0% of our condo flooring was completed. We paid him a total of $2,050 to not only leave us WITHOUT FLOORING, he ruined our floor and it will cost us around $3,000 to have it fixed and flooring completed. AND he has been threatening to take legal action against us as meaningless scare tactics. DO NOT HIRE SCOTT.
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