Pros and Cons of the Most Popular Types of Flooring

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Are you tired of the outdated flooring in your home? Ring in spring with a fresh floor! Spring is the best time to accomplishment projects you’ve been avoiding. If it’s been 25+ years since your floors have been changed, it’s time to replace them. Our team of home remodel experts have put together a few things to consider when you begin shopping for new floors:


Solid Hardwood

Real hardwood has been used for flooring for hundreds of years. With the use of modern milling and evolved finishes, it’s more durable and beautiful than ever. Hardwood is a classic that never goes out of style.


Pros: Wood gives off a warm, natural vibe that so many people love in their home. It’s available in a variety of colors, stains, finishes, grains and sizes. It’s extremely durable and can be sanded and refinished when it begins to look worn out. Real wood can be pricey but for the quality you’re receiving, it’s worth it.

Cons: Unfortunately, wood flooring tends to expand or contract with changes in humidity and fade or discolor when exposed to too much light. Although solid wood is wear-resistant, it’s still susceptible to dents and scratches. Real wood isn’t recommended for spaces that are prone to moisture and humidity.


Laminate Hardwood

Laminate hardwood is an excellent alternative to solid hardwood. It’s made of densely packed fiberboard or cut cork with a printed photo of wood, then covered in a clear protective coat to resemble real wood flooring.


Pros: The photo printed on cork simulates any wood look while resisting scratches, dents and fading much better than real hardwood. It’s also less expensive than the real deal.

Cons: When looked at close enough, you’ll notice it’s not real wood. Signs that make it noticeable are the fact that laminate can’t be finished like genuine wood and poorly printed cork is rather obvious.



Vinyl is another synthetic flooring. With the use of advanced scanning and printing, it’s available in a wide range of colors, patterns and textures to simulate any flooring or texture you may want. This is an ideal choice for someone who’s looking for high end floor on a budget.


Pros: Vinyl flooring is affordable and the installation is cut easy. It typically comes in the form of planks, tiles or rolls. There are thousands of style options for any look you may be going for in your home. Not to mention it’s durable, fade resistant, moisture resistant and cleaning it’s a breeze.

Cons: Similar to the laminate wood floors, when examined closely you’ll notice things that reveal it’s a simulation. There’s nothing like the real deal but quality vinyls can come very close.
There are tons of other flooring types, but these are just a few popular ones people consider when purchasing new floors. When it’s time to install your new floors, call ARC Remodel & Construction, the best general contractors in Jacksonville. You can count on our team of experts to deliver quality and efficiency.