Everyone has a different opinion of what the right flooring is in each room. If you’re undergoing a kitchen, bath or whole home remodel, you will likely need new flooring. Although it really comes down to budget and preference, understanding the pros and cons of the different flooring materials can make a difference. Here are the things to understand about different flooring materials before you make your final selection.


If you have kids and pets, durability of your flooring might be at the top of your list of importance during your home remodel. In Clearwater and the surrounding areas, there is a lot of sand. Some homeowners find that the issue with their old flooring is that it scratched, either from sand or kids’ activities. If you’re looking for durable flooring, tile is an excellent option. And, in any room with water, you don’t have to worry about water damage. You will also find some very scratch resistant luxury vinyl tile (LVT) options. They’re softer to stand on than tile, look great and are nearly as scratch and dent resistant.


If you’re not concerned about how the flooring will stand up to your family, but you’re more interested what you need to do to keep it looking great, you’ll want to consider each flooring types required maintenance. Both LVT and tile flooring is easy to sweep, vacuum and mop. However, with real tile, the grout tends to stain or mildew if not taken care of.

Engineered wood and hardwood flooring have their own maintenance. First, you need to clean up any spilled water quickly. Second, you’ll want to sweep it daily to prevent scratches. This can entail a significant time investment. Of course, it’s easy to vacuum and mop. Higher quality engineered wood and hardwood flooring can be refinished once they become scratched.


Some people think that the only flooring with any resale value is hardwood. Although some buyers prefer it, in Florida, many buyers look for tile. If you want the best of both, consider a wood look tile. Of course, with the advances in technology, LVT and engineered wood floors also have strong resale value.

In the end, the right flooring for your home remodel probably comes down to your budget and personal preference. If you’re looking for a remodeling company, Jamco Unlimited can help you choose all the elements of your remodel and because of our experienced team and history remodeling homes throughout Clearwater, Tampa and St. Petersburg areas, we can tell you the best flooring for your home. Call us today at (727) 412-8524 for your free home remodeling consutation.