Top 5 Flooring Options For Every Room in Your Home

Flooring can be one of the most rewarding parts of your home to remodel… if done correctly. If you’ve ever been to a major department store, such as Lowes or Home Depot, you’ve probably seen there are dozens of flooring options to choose from. 

Choosing the right flooring options can be difficult and intimidating if you don’t know what words like Travertine, engineered wood, and LVP mean. If this fits with where you’re at, today is your lucky day. My goal for this blog is to help our customers understand the different types of flooring so they choose which one fits their home the best. Whether you have an unlimited budget or need to count every dollar spent (like me), this blog is for you. 

How Much Does it Cost to Install Flooring?

According to Home Advisor, the national average is anywhere between $3.00-$22.00 per square foot. This is a huge disparity between the cost of installation, but it all depends on the materials used. 

Hardwood Flooring Remodel

The national average for a full floor installation is around $4,300, but you can spend as low as $2,000 if you install the right type of flooring. 

What are the Most Popular Materials for Flooring?

I chose the top 5 ordered flooring materials, but I put them in no particular order because it’s all subjective on reporting. The point to take from this list is that these 5 materials are the most common flooring options for home remodels.

  1. Laminate
  2. Hardwood
  3. Vinyl (LVP, LVT)
  4. Natural Stone Tile
  5. Engineered Wood

Best Flooring Type For Bedrooms

Laminate Flooring

Laminate Flooring is the most affordable type of flooring that you can install in your home with an average cost of $1-$2 per square foot. Laminate is a synthetic material that is bonded with real wood fibers and particle board and set in multiple layers to add incredible durability. 

You can choose from laminate that imitates almost any wood style, including cherry, hickory (most expensive), maple ( least expensive), red oak, white oak, and walnut

Why Should I Choose Laminate in my Bedrooms?

Laminate is incredibly durable and it has a rating scale called the AC Rating. The AC Rating is the way contractors are able to give a grade for the durability to the laminate. It goes 1-5 with 5 being the most durable. 

Laminate Flooring that looks like natural hardwood

As you can imagine, a 5 AC Rating is going to cost the most and is meant for heavy foot traffic or industrial buildings. However, you can save thousands if you choose an AC Rating of 1 or 2 in your bedroom. Even at a 1 or 2, laminate is still durable enough for what you need in your bedroom. 

Laminate can be beautiful and provide a great update to your bedroom if you have carpet or linoleum. I highly recommend contacting our flooring experts at Monumental Contractors to get an idea of how they can guide you to the most affordable and beautiful option for your bedroom.


  • Durable
  • Low maintenance 
  • Sometimes laminate can be installed over an existing floor (ask your contractor)
  • Affordable option
  • Dozens of different designs and aesthetics 
  • Great option to immediate stone or wood at a more affordable price


  • Laminate doesn’t increase value like hardwood, stone, or ceramic tile
  • If you damage the finish on the laminate flooring, it’s impossible to buff or sand out imperfections (must replace if you want it fixed)
  • One of the hardest falls I’ve ever had in a home was on a new laminate floor at my friend's home. Some types of laminate can be very slippery if wearing socks or slippers

Best Flooring Type For Living Room/Hallways

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is expensive to buy, but not that expensive to install with an average labor cost of only $12 per square foot. Hardwood is meant for areas of your home that see heavy foot traffic such as hallways, dining room and the living room. 

If someone asked me which type of hardwood floor would be the best, it has to be Hickory because of the color variation and contrast. In short, hickory is stunning and will be a crowd-pleaser for anyone stepping foot in your home. 

Hardwood Flooring Remodel in Living Room

Hickory is incredibly dense, doesn’t dent very easily, and has the highest return on investment of any other hardwood. The only problem with hickory is you’re going to spend upwards of $6,000-$12,000 for a 1,000 sq foot space

If you’re wanting the elegance of a hardwood but don’t want to spend upwards of $10,000, my choice would be Maple. Maple will cost around $4,000-$7,000 for a 1,000 square foot space and provide a light red color that is beautiful when the sun hits it. It’s very durable and perfect for high foot traffic.


  • Great return on investment
  • Hardwood is one of the most beautiful flooring options
  • Hardwood doesn’t attract dirt, microbes, or bacteria
  • Hardwood isn’t as durable as laminate, but it can be sanded and refinished multiple times to maintain beauty. 
  • Best flooring for long term homeowners


  • Water will destroy wood flooring faster than any other flooring (bad for kitchens & bathrooms)
  • Wood flooring can become creaky over time
  • Hardwood must be installed correctly or will buckle and warp easily (Monumental Contractors are expert installers)
  • Higher maintenance 

Best Flooring for Bathroom

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) 

LVT is perfect for areas of your home with moisture and water around, such as bathrooms and kitchens. I would use LVT in my bathroom because it’s waterproof, looks exactly like stone tile, and is incredibly easy to clean. I don’t mean to be graphic, but if you have kids, accidents are bound to happen in bathrooms and the inside of the toilet is often missed and spilled on the floor. 

LVT in Bathroom Upgrade

LVT is great because it won’t let urine or any other liquid soak into the flooring, making your bathroom smell awful. LVT costs about $3-$5 per square foot and with installation could cost as low as $1,500 for a large bathroom (10’x10’).


  • Durable
  • Low maintenance 
  • Soft feel on your feet
  • One of the most affordable options
  • Dozens of different designs and color options
  • LVP is taking over in the remodeling industry because it's easy to imitate hardwood or stone tile at a fraction of the cost


  • LVP can gouge easier than laminate or tile flooring from appliances or furniture
  • Once damaged it has to be replaced
  • Must have previous flooring pulled up or leveled by professional
  • Doesn’t have a great return on investment

Best Flooring For Kitchen

Stone Tile Flooring

I’m not going to sit here and tell you it’s the most affordable option for your kitchen flooring, but it’s hands down the most beautiful for a kitchen. Depending on the type of stone you use, it can cost as little as $2,000 and as much as $10,000 for a 12’x12’ kitchen. 

The best stone to use is granite, by a mile, because it’s the most versatile, durable, and long lasting. Granite, just like any other stone, comes in 3 different ratings for quality, including the coefficient of friction, absorption rating, and the quality of stone. Each of these 3 scales are given a grade of 1-3, with 1 being the best and 3 being the lowest quality.  

Many people prefer marble over granite, but don’t realize that even if marble is often more sleek and smooth, it’s much more prone to breaking and staining. For example, you can stain a marble tile floor if you spill a few drops of wine on the floor and don’t see it for an hour or so. Granite, on the other hand, will be fine with a spill.

My biggest suggestion is to contact our contractors because they’re the experts that can guide you to find the best rating for the stone you’d like in your kitchen. They’re very good at explaining everything you’d ever want to know with a level of clarity that will make you feel confident in your purchase.


  • More durable than hardwood and LVP
  • Nothing is more beautiful than a natural stone tile flooring
  • If stone is chipped or broken, the repair costs are surprisingly low
  • Works perfectly with heated flooring options (game-changer!)
  • Dozens of options from the more affordable slate to the ultra expensive marble
  • Best return on value


  • Increased labor costs due to difficulty of installation
  • Stone can break if something hard is dropped on the floor
  • Can be slippery if it gets wet (depending on the type of stone)
  • Very high maintenance 
  • Difficult to clean without chemicals

Best Alternative Flooring Living Room/Dining Room/Children's Bedrooms

Engineered Wood Tile Flooring

Engineered wood planks are made from a composite of layered core plywood and fiberboard, finished with a veneer of natural hardwood to provide the aesthetics of natural wood. I recommend engineered wood planks for the families that want the look of wood, but don’t want to spend the high price for it. 

Engineered Wood Remodel in Spare Bedroom

You’ll save thousands over time because engineered wood planks can last up to 50 years if taken care of properly! To make it even better it will only cost you about $4,000-$7,000 for a 1,000 square foot space.


  • Durable
  • Low maintenance 
  • Look of real wood without cost of hardwood
  • Waterproof
  • Will not warp or buckle like natural hardwood
  • Very easy to clean


  • Doesn’t have any impact on resale
  • Once it’s broken it must be replaced
  • Can be slippery when wet

Why Choose Monumental Contractors?

Monumental Contractors is a family owned and operated business with dozens of contractors that specialize in each type of flooring listed above. We don’t play games with our customers; we offer locked-in price quotes with complete transparency. 

Monumental has graphic designers that are able to provide each customer with a 3D image of what their remodel will look like to give you a visual of the potential upgrade. 

We pride ourselves in offering the most competitive pricing in the industry and serve the greater D.C./NOVA areas. We hope you choose Monumental Contractors for your next remodel and we’re confident you’ll be blown-away by our professional contractors.

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