Sleek bamboo flooring in a Fairfax Station remodel by FineCraft Contractors.  Photo: Kaan Ozturk

Under Foot

Tips on choosing the right flooring

Considering new flooring? Below, FineCraft Contractors offers a rundown of current popular options.

 

HARDWOOD

PROS—Versatile, great look, easy maintenance, high resale value.

CONS—Loud to walk on, cold in winter.

Cost—$3 to $12 a square foot


LAMINATE

PROS—Can look like real wood or tile, but is scratch-resistant, durable, easy to clean and great for pets and high-traffic areas.

CONS—If it gets damaged, it can’t be refinished.

Cost—50 cents to $3 per square foot


VINYL

PROS—Quiet and easy on your feet. A great option for laundry rooms as it can reduce the noise from the washer and dryer.

CONS—Tends to dent and tear easily.

Cost—$1 to $5 per square foot


TILE

PROS—Durability, scratch- and water-resistance. Available in a variety of sizes and materials. Easy to clean.

CONS—Very loud to walk on and cold in the winter. When tile cracks, it can be difficult to repair.

Cost—$1 to $20 per square foot