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How to Choose the Right Flooring for Every Room

Every room in your home—including the kitchen, bathroom, living room, basement, and garage—deserves practical and durable flooring that suits your style. Our room-by-room buying guide for home flooring will help you choose the right type.

Flooring Types by Room
Kitchens, bathrooms, living areas, basements, and garages—every space in the home has unique features and is used for different purposes. Because of this, not every type of flooring should be used in every room. Here are our top recommendations for each space.
Kitchen with greyish brown vinyl flooring
Kitchen

The kitchen floor has to put up with quite a lot. Your chosen floor should be tough enough for the space, easy to clean, and comfortable to walk on.


We recommend

  • Ceramic
  • Vinyl
  • Granite or pale slate
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Pro Tip

Textured tiles are a great choice for the kitchen as they provide better adhesion and help prevent slipping. It is best to avoid very smooth flooring that becomes slippery and potentially dangerous with even a little bit of water.
Bathroom with large dark grey ceramic tiles
Bathroom

The bathroom floor should also provide a good grip while resisting humidity and moisture. A good bathroom floor is easy to clean, easy to maintain, and visually attractive as well.


We recommend

  • Porcelain or ceramic (consider larger tiles to make the space seem bigger)
  • Natural stone
  • Vinyl
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Pro Tip

We offer a selection of waterproofing membranes that give you the freedom to design water and shower areas exactly as you want. Waterproofing membranes seal ceramic tiles from underneath, protecting your subfloor even if your grout is not completely waterproof.
Living Areas

Living area flooring should match your decor style and suit the location of the space. Hardwood is a timeless and beautiful choice while carpet is a more comfortable flooring type for sitting and playing on.

These recommendations are intended for any common living areas in your home, like bedrooms, hallways, offices, family rooms, and living rooms.


We recommend

  • Hardwood or laminate
  • Carpet
  • Vinyl
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Pro Tip

If you have a workout space in your home, rubber floor tiles are a functional and comfortable floor covering for the training area.
Wooden stairs leading to a basement with grey vinyl flooring
Basement

When choosing a basement flooring type, consider factors like the cooler temperature and higher humidity of the space. Basements also tend to have more limited lighting than other rooms. For any flooring you decide on, it is also a good idea to install an underlayment to prevent damp rising from the concrete below.


We recommend

  • Vinyl
  • Laminate
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Pro Tips

In an open-concept basement, using flooring and walls of different materials and colours can help delineate the space into functional areas.

For extra home comfort, install a heated floor in the basement. Heated floors can also keep little feet warm in the bathroom and the kitchen.

Gym space in a garage with light grey epoxy floor coating
Garage

The most important feature of a garage floor is that it must be able to resist tire marks and stains. It should also be good at hiding small imperfections.


We recommend

  • Concrete floor paint for a more affordable garage floor coating application. Note that it must be reapplied every one to two years.
  • Epoxy floor coating for a highly durable option that can withstand heavy traffic and chemical spills. It comes in a large selection of colours and finishes to suit your aesthetic preferences.
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Designer Tip

Enhance the durability of your walls and give them a designer flair by finishing them with a 4" ceramic moulding. It’s both a practical and visually striking choice!
A Quick Overview of Flooring Types
There are many types of flooring available for any room. Each floor is suitable for different uses and has its own unique pros and cons. Let’s take a look.
Planks of natural hardwood flooring
Hardwood

Hardwood is a timeless and classy material that can complement all styles of decor. Best of all, it’s easy to care for and maintain.

Pros

  • Sophisticated, warm, and inviting
  • Simple to maintain and very durable
  • Increases property value

Cons

  • On the expensive side
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Three beige ceramic tiles
Ceramic

Ceramic is a versatile, tough, and especially hard-wearing flooring option for an elegant appeal.

Pros

  • Great resistance to water and moisture
  • Easy to keep clean
  • Freedom of arrangement allows for beautiful designs
  • Available in a wide range of style

Cons

  •  Can be slippery and cold
Planks of greyish brown laminate flooring
Laminate

Laminate is unsurpassed in its ability to withstand wear and tear. It is a particularly good option for those who want a warmer feel in the kitchen at a more reasonable price point.

Pros

  • A perfect imitation of wood
  • Exceptionally durable
  • No specific maintenance or waxing requirements
  • A more affordable option than hardwood

Cons

  • Not as water-resistant
Wood imitation vinyl flooring
Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is available in an array of colours and textures, including designs that replicate the look of wood and ceramic.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Easy to install, clean, and maintain
  • Smooth and warm to walk on
  • Increases the soundproofing of the room
  • Resistant to water and mould

Cons

  • Susceptible to scratches
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Additional Popular Flooring Options
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Stone
Slate and granite are two enduringly popular flooring types with high-quality grain and elegant appeal.
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Carpet
Though not quite as popular today, carpet is still preferred for certain spaces in the home, like the family room.
Want to find out more?
Take a look at our The Right Floor for the Right Space brochure for an even more in-depth overview of the different flooring types suitable for different areas throughout your home.
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When to Use Underlayment

It is important to install underlayment for all floating floors, including vinyl, laminate, and certain hardwood floors. Underlayment protects flooring from moisture and can help correct subfloor irregularities. It also reduces ambient noise when walking.

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