Choosing the Right Flooring for Your Home

by Tara McGuire

There it is. Down there. The floor. It’s just a floor, right? Wrong. Your flooring is one of the most important decisions you will make in your home. It sets the tone, and it takes you from one place to another. It’s what pronounces the sound of those tiny footsteps that will replay in your mind for years to come. Your flooring helps create your home aesthetic and is a large part of what defines your home. Have you begun imagining the type of flooring you want in your home? We’re going to help break it down for you to explain some of the different types of flooring available for your new build or renovation.

LVP Flooring

Luxury Vinyl (Plank or Tile):

This flooring is known as LVP or LVT. This is a completely waterproof product. You can get it in various plank widths (6”, 8”, etc.) with a wood grain look, or you can get it in a tile size (12"x24" for example) to mimic the look of tile without the hassle of grout. This is a very common flooring choice in today’s homes, especially for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms where water spills are more likely. This type of flooring can scratch as it is one of the softer types of flooring, but it is not likely unless you drop something heavy or pull furniture across the floor without protection. We like the Mannington Aduramax lineup and also Coretec, if you’re looking for suggestions!

Laminate Flooring


You can get Laminate with a wood grain look in various plank widths, just as you can with LVP, but there is a big difference we will highlight when comparing the two: Laminate is not waterproof the way LVP is (many laminate options are labeled as ‘water resistant’ but will not hold up to large spills that are not immediately cleaned up.) Laminate can also scratch the way LVP can, but laminate has been known to be slightly more durable because it is a harder material.



Tile for flooring goes way back in time and is a great option when you want to customize a space or add texture and color. It is a popular choice due to its waterproof nature. Cleaning grout is a less than desirable task, which is why many have moved to LVP as their preference. You can still use tile in a bathroom for the shower floor and walls and use a product like LVP on the floor to mix patterns and texture and achieve a custom look.

Hardwood Flooring


This type of flooring used to be a widely used option. Due to the durability of other types of wood-look floors (LVP for instance), hardwoods have taken a back seat in many homes today. While beautiful, this type of flooring requires consistent maintenance and also does not hold up to water spills. It is a higher price point compared to LVP or Laminate as well.

In addition to the above types of flooring, carpet is also a widely used option, especially in bedrooms. It adds a cozy, warmer feel for the bedroom compared to hardwood, laminate or LVP. When deciding what type of flooring is best for you and your lifestyle, talk with the design team at Birch and Beam ([email protected]).

~ Tara McGuire • Creative Design Manager • Birch & Beam Custom Homes