May 20, 2019 2 min read

So you’ve decided to redo your floors. But even after an Internet search, you’re lost. No, not lost—you’re drowning in it.


Solid hardwood? Engineered hardwood? Vinyl? Waterproof wood-look flooring? If you’re new to flooring installation, all these terms can sound like a foreign language to you—how on earth are you to navigate? Where do you even begin? How do you know which brand to buy? You’re so overwhelmed you think that maybe you should just keep your ratty old carpet and spare yourself the stress.


But don’t despair; E Hardwoods & Flooring is here to help pick the right flooring for you. Below we’ll tell you some of the bare minimum things you’ll need to consider before diving into renovations.


Consider Foot Traffic

How many people are going to be passing over this floor each and every day? Do you have pets? How often do you have company over? Is the room in which you’re renovating used for high-impact activities like dancing? How big a beating your floor needs to take will affect what it should be made out of.


If you’ve got a big and active family, prefinished solid hardwood flooring might be a good choice. It’s durable and stands the test of time. In fact, houses from a hundred years ago often still have their original hardwood flooring. However, it’s not the best choice if you have pets or small children around. Though hardwood flooring might be able to stand up to their constantly moving feet, toddlers have a tendency to spill, and water damage to hardwood can be costly. On the other hand, waterproof vinyl flooring makes for easy cleanup jobs, but it’s comparatively easy to puncture and stain.


How Much Can You Afford?

It’s no secret—hardwood flooring, though gorgeous, is expensive. Water damage can also warp the wood, leading to expensive repair jobs further down the line. Engineered hardwood and tile vinyl flooring are much more economical and often can serve your family for many years to come. Consider the upfront investment you’re willing to make and purchase your flooring accordingly.


Consider E Hardwoods & Flooring

If you haven’t decided what type of flooring best suits your needs, feel free to pursue our online stock or contact us with questions. We’re always happy to provide you with information about our products to help you make the best, most educated decision you can.