Decorating & Design - Flooring

How to choose the right floor material

An increasingly diverse range of flooring materials is available these days. To help you sort through the options, here’s the lowdown on the main products out there.


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VINYL

Characteristics
  • Huge selection of styles and colours. Available in tiles or sheets.

Pros
  • Low price, low maintenance.
  • Double-thick vinyl is ideal for damp areas like bathrooms. Tiles are easy to DIY if the subfloor is level.

Cons
  • Vulnerable to scratches, tears, stains and wear.

Cost
  • $2-$10 per square foot
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CERAMIC TILE

Characteristics
  • Huge selection of colours, styles and sizes.

Pros

Cons
  • Can cause discomfort to legs and back after prolonged standing. Not all tiles are equally wear-resistant; high-traffic areas like kitchens call for stronger ceramic.
  • Can crack or chip.
  • Needs a level subfloor.

Cost
  • $7-$25 per square foot
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LINOLEUM

Characteristics
  • Huge selection of styles and colours. Available in tiles or sheets.

Pros
  • Natural, biodegradable and hypoallergenic, composed of flax and natural resin. Does not trap dust or bacteria, which helps air quality. Low maintenance, durable and mildew-resistant.

Cons
  • Does not suit all decors.

Cost
  • $7-$13 per square foot.
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