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Is Hardwood Flooring Right For Me?

Before you decide on buying a hardwood floor, there are several factors to consider. For example, different hardwoods work better in certain climates and environments. Some areas of your home are perfect for hardwood flooring, while in other areas it should be avoided. How do you know which is which? Factors to consider when making the decision to install hardwood floors in your home include the amount of traffic your floor will get and how much money you want to spend.

Comparing Hardwood Floors to Other Floor Types

We've designed our comprehensive Hardwood Flooring Buying Guide to assist you in your decision–making process from start to finish. It contains useful tips on everything from shopping for your hardwood floor to preparing your room and choosing the best installer for your project. If you're feeling ambitious, consult our DIY Installation Guides for information on installing your own hardwood floors.

Whether you're a floor–buying veteran or you believe "Parquet" is something you spread on toast, we think you'll find information in our buying guide that will eliminate the guesswork and make your next flooring purchase your best flooring purchase. For those who are interested in purchasing a floor that's environmentally friendly, we also have information on green hardwood floor options in our Green Flooring Section. Use this section to learn about everything from green flooring accessories, to green organizations such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Tropical Forest Foundation.

In addition to the wealth of information has on hardwood flooring, check out our Flooring Tips and Fast Facts below. It will give you a look at some of the major factors floor buyers consider when making a flooring purchase, and provide a side–by–side comparison of how hardwood stacks up against the other types of flooring. developed this flooring comparison chart to give you food for thought when making your flooring choice. We hope you'll find it helpful.

Flooring Comparison | Flooring Tips and Fast Facts
Flooring Concern Bamboo Carpet Concrete Cork Hardwood Laminate Linoleum Rubber Stone Tile Vinyl
Durability D*     D     D       D
Works for bathrooms D*     D*             D
Works for basements       D* D*   D*        
Safe for small children                      
Withstands heavy foot traffic   D             D D  
Moisture resistant     S           S S  
Eco–friendly varieties available               D   D  
DIY friendly D     D D   D D D D D

D = depends on the type of flooring you choose
S = if sealed properly
* = the best case scenario, with proper care and maintenance

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