1. Will Your Floor Be Installed in a Basement, Full Bathroom, or Other High Moisture Area?
YES You need flooring that is suited for a high or medium moisture environment, such as concrete,
ceramic or porcelain tile, or vinyl tile.
NO Moisture is not a limiting factor. At this point, all types of flooring still may be used.
Proceed to next step.
2. Do You Have Pets, Children, or Any Other Extra Need for a Durable Floor?
YES You will need a floor with superior wear resistance. Some flooring that appears to be wear resistant
often is not. For example, site-finished solid hardwood can easily scratch. Its saving grace is that
scratches can be sanded out. Instead, try a durable flooring like ceramic or porcelain tile, laminate
flooring, plank vinyl flooring, or even carpeting.
NO While everyone wants a durable floor, durability is not a chief factor in your decision. Proceed to
3. What Is Your Square Footage Budget?
$2.00 You will find bargain laminate flooring hovering around this price; nothing gorgeous but it
or less has a general wood-like appearance. Sheet and tile resilient flooring can also be found in
this price range. Lots of gorgeous ceramic and porcelain tile can be found in this range
-but tile is truly a labor-intensive installation.
Whatever your choice in this section, proceed to the next step.
4. Do You Want Flooring That Requires Very Little Maintenance?