On your next home remodeling project don’t just settle for average floors, demand fabulous floors! You have a slew of options so we highlighted some of the things to consider for various flooring types.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood is a kind of flooring which has a timeless quality that is hard to find in other floorings. If you want to change the color of the stain, it can be done without having to replace the entire floor.  The team here at 1 Builders has refinished hardwood flooring that was over 100 years old throughout the Chicagoland area.  The best part is that it looks brand new after we are done…talk about durability and a flooring that lasts!  The fact that this flooring can be sanded and restained to popular trends makes this our flooring of choice.  Hardwood floors is also helpful for people who suffer from allergies or people with pets. 

Original hardwood floors stained in classic gray for this condo remodeling project in the West Loop in Chicago

Engineered Wood

Comprised of different levels of wood and plywood, engineered wood is actually real wood on the face of it. It’s a good option for areas that are built on a slab (i.e. over concrete) because it adheres well and is resistant to high humidity. It also comes in a variety of colors/finishes, to help achieve your desired look.  This flooring is sometimes harder to keep clean because there are small gaps between the planks unless it is finished with a stain.  You do have to look at the product label because some of the engineered wood products cannot be refinished at all or are limited to being refinished once or twice.

1 Builders used an engineered hand-scraped acacia flooring in the kitchen and living room for this home remodel in Elk Grove Village

Laminate Flooring

Laminate is the most cost-effective flooring next to carpet or a roll of vinyl if you are looking to save money on your next remodeling project.  You can purchase a wide variety of laminate flooring for less than one dollar a square foot but it is not the most durable product because it is technically a “floating floor”.  That is why you want to put your furniture on it right away or it might float away into space (badum tish)…all jokes aside this flooring should not be glued down, screwed, or nailed down.  It supports itself through locking systems by clicking the flooring together and it sits on top of the subfloor.  It does come in many finishes and colors.

Cork Flooring

Cork flooring is more forgiving than most if you happen to drop an item. It’s also comfortable to stand on. It is damp, mold and mildew resistant. It also comes in a number of different colors and styles to compliment your décor.

Luxury Vinyl Tile

Vinyl has come a long way over the years. The latest and greatest vinyl is known as Luxury Vinyl Tile also known as LVT.  It boasts durability and a very real wood-like look.  Many of the luxurious yachts and boats that you see on Lake Michigan here in Chicago use this product because it is waterproof.

Ceramic & Porcelain Tile

Ceramic and porcelain tiles come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes and has the widest variety of all the flooring types.  There are many ceramic and porcelain tiles that look like hardwood and marble at a lower cost.  This makes it perfect for someone that wants beautiful or unique flooring at an economical price. 

Slate Tile

Slate tile is one of the strongest natural stones that you can install for your flooring.  It is extremely durable and very resistant to cracks, breaks, chips, and scratches. It has a beautiful unique appearance and typically seen in higher end homes since it adds value to the home.  One of the downsides to this flooring is that the texture of the flooring can be alittle rough if you walk on it barefoot and expensive to purchase and install. It is an extremely popular choice in mudrooms.

1 Builders used slate tile in the mudroom of this custom home build in Wheaton

Marble Tile

Marble tiling is perhaps the most elegant flooring but the downside is that it is prone to staining and scratches more than the other flooring types mentioned in this article.  There is nothing that compares to the natural beauty of marble and is truly timeless.  We recommend this type of flooring in bathrooms and not in high traffic areas of the home.

We used marble tile on the floor and the walls for this bathroom remodeling project in Chicago.

Polished Concrete

Polished concrete is a cost effective option for flooring in basements or commercial spaces where there is concrete now.  Polished concrete can even be made to look like a large slab of marble but way more durable.  It can be polished in a multitude of colors and designs. 

In Conclusion

You can have a fabulous floor with any of the materials mentioned in this article.  One thing that we do at 1 Builders differently than most contractors is that we create a 3D rendering of what your flooring will look like in your space before it’s ever installed.  Learn about the importance of getting a 3D rendering by clicking here.

This ensures that the fabulous floor you envisioned in your head, looks great with all of the other fabulous selections you made.  This way you will LOVE your flooring and remodel project and can confidently tell everyone you meet, “I have fabulous floors”!  Feel free to call us at 847-305-2593 or fill out your information below if you want to see if we can help make your floors fabulous on your next home remodeling project in the Chicagoland area or if you have any questions about flooring or remodeling in general.