Flooring costs are always a large part of a renovation budget. Don't rush the decision and pick the first material you see. Do your homework and decidewhat materials will suit your needs the best. I know that both our children did renovations in the past year and they spend a great deal of time chosing just the right material for their family's needs. Our daughter has small children and the durability of the product was a number one factor with them. They chose a laminate throughout the entire home and it has been a very good choice for their lifestyle. Our son and his wife on the other hand are almost empty nesters and they decided to go for hardwoods througout.They both look great and suit their individual needs perfectly.
I will say, if you are not up on the latest materials, get some help. Hire a decorator or visit your local lumber or flooring store and speak to one of the experts. They will be able to lead you to the best product for your budget and your needs.Your flooring should last for years if taken care of properly and not need to be replaced.
Now to a few choices for you to consider.
Hardwood: This material is durable, warm and achieves a very traditional look. If used in the entire floor space, it can give a very open concept view. There are several choices to pick from including oak, maple and cherry.The prices vary from imported options, obviously on the high price side to the more traditional ones which are more economical. Sold wood floors can be refinished but remember they do show scratches and dents so chose wisely.
Engineered Wood: This seems to be a very popular choice today with young families. It is less susceptible to temperature changes and humidity and is easily installed for do-it-yourself renovators since the material is available in self-locking parquet, planks or squares that can be installed without glue or nails.
Bamboo: This flooring is often popular with the eco-conscious homeowner as it comes from plants that regenerate quickly and is therefore classed as a sustainable material. Bamboo is strong and able to resist the negative effects of changes in humidity making it a good choice for tropical or warm climates and non climate controlled environments.
Laminate: This is among the less expensive options to buy and install.The floating laminate flooring system can even be installed over an existing floor without glue or nails. There are several varieties available and are improving as we speak. Many are hard to tell from real wood,
Cork: Cork is a very sustainable flooring material and often the flooring of choice for those wishing to make their homes eco-friendly. It has a very different look, having a speckled finished thanks to the unusual grain of the trees from which it is harvested. Cork is very popular in bathrooms and bathrooms due to its non-slip surface.
Have fun with your new look. Just do your homework and make sure you haven selected the best option for your home and family. Enjoy!