The Best Floor for Your Home: Is it Carpet, Hardwood, Vinyl, or Tile?

Flooring choices play an integral design feature in any room. It quite literally gives you a platform to build your aesthetic desires upon while also impacting everything from energy efficiency to maintenance requirements. Whether revamping a room or transforming the entire property, finding the best types of flooring for your home is essential.

Example of a hardwood installation in Fargo North Dakota.
Hardwood Flooring Installation Fargo North Dakota

What to Look For When Buying New Flooring

Whether you’ve recently moved into a new home or need to give your existing property a little TLC after years of overlooking the importance of interior design, new flooring can have a significant impact on the overall results. However, only the best flooring type will suffice. 

When considering any flooring style, you must ask the following questions;

  • What room is the flooring for?
  • Is the flooring robust and durable enough to suit my family needs?
  • Will the flooring texture and color match the room aesthetic?
  • How hard will it be to maintain?
  • Does the flooring represent value for money?

With those questions for guidance, knowing what to look for is easy. The next challenge, then, is to find a solution that ticks every box.

The Best Home Flooring Materials Explained

Flooring choices will be influenced by the size and style of the property, as well as your budget and personal tastes. Nonetheless, the most sought after materials on the market are as follows:


Carpet is an immensely popular flooring material for bedrooms, lounges, basements, and dining spaces due to its soft touch and homely vibe. It also helps reduce noise, making it an ideal solution for rooms situated above the ground floor. 

Carpet installation using Mohawk carpet, Cali Bamboo Longboard Osprey Oak, and Leggett & Platt rubber padding.

The fact that carpet keeps the warmth in can add comfort and energy-efficiency in winter while the wide range of carpet fibers ensure that carpet can be tailored to match tastes and budgets. SmartStrand, nylon, polyester, olefin, and wool are all very popular fiber types. Whether choosing the Southwind or Phenix brands, the affordable luxury is a hit with many homeowners.

Luxury Vinyl Tiles & Planks

Once upon a time, vinyl was one of the least attractive flooring types on the market. Advancements in technology have made it one of the most versatile solutions, offering an affordable durability that is waterproof, pet-friendly, and kid-friendly.

Is it vinyl? Actual hardwood? These waterproof SPC vinyl planks are the perfect flooring option for busy households that want that barn wood look.
This is a sample of some Cali Bamboo Cali Vinyl Pro Classic Mesquite Waterproof Plank flooring we were installing in 2017.

Luxury vinyl is available as 100% virgin vinyl, SPC (Stone Plastic Composite,) or WPC (Wood Plastic Composite) while it is manufactured by reputable brands such as Southwind, Cali Bamboo, and Phenix. Whether purchased as stone look tiles or wood feel planks, the possibilities for styles and aesthetics are endless. Meanwhile, sheet vinyl is a very similar variant. 


Laminate is another popular flooring solution that delivers an affordable option that offers a range of winning properties ranging from warmth to scratch resistance. While it is not waterproof or as durable as some materials, it works very well in less busy households.

An example of Shaw Laminate Hardwood look flooring at LaValle Flooring Inc.
Is it hardwood, vinyl, or laminate flooring? It’s hard to tell! Shaw Acacia Hardwood Look Laminate Flooring.

The flooring choice can be manufactured to a range of design styles and is commonly found in kitchens and conservatories, as well as hallways and staircases. Despite the attributes that it does not offer, laminate flooring can last for a decade or longer when treated with care.


Hardwood is a flooring material that can be completely customized and offers a classic look and Eco-friendly solution due to the use of renewable materials. Research by the National Association of Realtors additionally highlights that it provides a positive ROI, making it an ideal choice from a financial view.

This is an example of an engineered Wickham hardwood installation we did in Fargo North Dakota.

The hardwood materials can be engineered or solid, use aluminum oxide or oil-based finishes, and created from a range of natural woods of varying thicknesses and aesthetics. Cali Bamboo and Wickham are two manufacturers highly regarded for producing quality hardwood flooring.


Tile flooring is another option that delivers excellent ROIs and is suited to a range of rooms throughout the property due to the flexibility of design. It can be printed to match the look of wood, stone, or a range of other materials in various colors and pattern styles.

A brickwork tile installation performed by LaValle Flooring in Fargo North Dakota on a bar backsplash.

Popular manufacturers Emser Tile and Dal Tile are proven to create the perfect tile flooring solutions. The aesthetic rewards and affordability are enhanced by the fact that the flooring material can last a lifetime. The durable nature is particularly popular in busy home environments, such as bathrooms or kitchens.

Other Key Considerations

When selecting a flooring style and material, it’s important to consider the full picture. Production and delivery times, alongside installation attributes, should be factored into the consumer decision. Likewise, it’s important to choose the respected brands, such as those mentioned above. In addition, you want to ensure you understand how your product will be installed, whether you’re doing it yourself or having a company do so.

You’ll want to ensure manufacturer guidelines are being followed as well as those of professional trade organizations such as Certified Flooring Installers or Carpet & Rug Institute. If you’re having difficulty finding a reputable dealer, click here to find out how you can distinguish between a reputable and a bad flooring installer.

A premium quality new floor can completely transform the look, function, and maintenance of your home. Whichever color and style preferences you may have, the material will always be the foundation of a winning decision. To discuss the options in full detail, get in touch with LaValle Flooring today.

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