DURABILITY, COMFORT, LUXURY, OR CREATIVITY - AC Flooring has options for every taste and desire.
How does hardwood flooring compare to laminate for comfort and durability? How about carpet versus stone tile flooring for your kids or pets? Find out with our quick glance guide.
Products Comparison Table
- Chief Pros
- Chief Cons
- Durable/High Traffic
- Susceptible to Moisture
- Kids & Pets
- Real hardwood has a rich finish and a timeless appeal that ages beautifully.
- Still the most luxurious and prized flooring option with the highest resale value
- All hardwoods can react to climate changes. Softer hardwoods can dent or scratch.
- Use walk off mats at entryways and furniture pads. Sweep, dust mop or damp mop as needed.
- Most hardwood floors today are surface sealed with urethane, polyurethane or polyacrylic and are stain and water-damage resistant. Other finishes are more susceptible to moisture damage.
- Most hardwood is suitable for kids and pets, though some softer woods are more susceptible to scratches and gouges. Hardwood is a warmer hard flooring.
- Hardwood flooring is on average, more expensive than either laminate or carpet flooring. Many factors influence cost, so don't assume it's out of your budget!
- Casual, family friendly to lush, rich and appealing, carpeting comes in a wide range of textures and colours.
- Popular flooring choice to warm up a room, create a comfortable play area or soften a space.
- Carpets are less durable and stain resistant in high traffic areas. May be unsuitable for pets and damp areas unless carefully selected.
- A well maintained carpet will last at least 7 - 10 years.
- Requires frequent vacuuming. Spills require immediate attention to reduce stains. Deep steam cleaning may be required periodically.
- Dampness seeping through the floor, flooding and damp areas can cause long term damage and mold.
- Very kid and pet friendly. Warm and soft for kids rooms and playrooms. Look for highly stain resistant brands.
- The range is extremely broad, as are uses. If cost is important, we can find a durable, inexpensive option for you.
- Created with high resolution photography. Quality laminate is often mistaken for the real deal.
- Durable, affordable, easy to maintain
- Susceptible to moisture damage. May have a "hollow" sound. May be too cold for use in family rooms or basements.
- Use mats at entryways, regularly sweep or vacuum, use floor protector for chairs and table legs. Damp mop with gentle cleaners as needed.
- The core layer is easily damaged by excessive water and moisture. The top layer is resistant to spills but long term moisture can cause damage.
- Difficult to scratch especially compared to hardwood, but susceptible to damage from spills and pet urine.
- Laminate flooring is typically the least expensive way to install flooring that looks and feels like hardwood.
- Ceramic and stone tiles are superior choices when a clean, distinct decor is needed.
- Stunning natural beauty; extreme durability; wider range of design possibilities
- Higher cost and more difficult to repair. Stone requires regular maintenance. Can be too cold and hard for some rooms.
- Highly durable and resistant to damage.
- Use mats and rugs in high traffic areas. Protect from scratches with furniture pads. Sweep and mop as needed. Some types of stone require regular sealing.
- Water and stain resistant; however, some stones need to be sealed periodically to maintain a moisture and stain barrier.
- Easy to maintain, but the floor will be hard and cold.
- Ceramic and stone are premium floors and are, on average, more expensive both for the flooring and for installation. DIY stone installation is challenging.