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09 January 2024

Guide to Flooring Types

Learn about the different types of flooring and which might be the best choice for your home.

by Carolina Pro Flooring Inc.


Do you need a little more information to help you choose the right flooring for your project? Here's a brief overview of our different types of flooring and where they can be installed — plus a little of what you can expect regarding durability and style options.


Carpet Flooring


Not all carpet looks or performs the same so we’ll break it down for you here so you can choose hardwood floor over your carpet like a pro.


Where can carpet be installed and Why should I get rid of it?

Carpet flooring can be installed in most rooms of your home, though we do not recommend it for bathrooms, laundry rooms, or any other areas that could be subject to high humidity.


What kinds of style are available over carpet when switching to hardwood flooring?


Hardwood Flooring


Hardwood is coveted for its natural, timeless beauty and lasting durability. Choose from two hardwood flooring types: solid hardwood planks are 100% solid hardwood, and engineered wood has a stable, layered construction with a wood top and backing.


Where can hardwood be installed?

Hardwood flooring can be installed in most rooms of your home, though we do not recommend it for bathrooms, laundry rooms, or any other areas that could be subject to puddles or high humidity. However, engineered wood can be a good choice for basement installations or over concrete slab or radiant heating systems.


How durable is this type of flooring?

Even highly durable hardwood can show wear over time, but generally, this flooring type offers the long-lasting performance that floor shoppers value. The hardness of the wood species, level of protection of the finish, and how much traffic your floor gets will all affect how well a particular hardwood floor holds up against scratches, dents, and stains.


What kinds of styles can I get with hardwood?

Carolina Pro Flooring Inc. offers an incredible selection of hardwood flooring styles, from elegant to rustic. Our collections feature a full range of domestic, imported, and exotic wood species, colors, finishing effects, textures, and plank widths. Whatever your style, you're sure to find a look you’ll love.




Laminate Flooring


With this floor type, you can get the look and feel of exotic wood or high-end stone on a practical budget.


Where can laminate flooring be installed?

You can install this type of flooring almost anywhere: bathrooms, kitchens, mudrooms, foyers, dining rooms, living rooms, family rooms, and bedrooms.


How durable is this type of flooring?

Laminate is designed to withstand everyday wear from the most active households, and — depending on the product you choose — even commercial spaces like main street businesses.


What laminate flooring styles can I choose from?

Whatever your design vision, it will be easy to achieve with laminate, and you can be sure it will look authentic, too. Carolina Pro Flooring Inc. offers hardwood styles that include rustic, weathered, hand-scraped, and reclaimed looks. Stone looks range from Spanish-style pavers to slate tile. We work with premium material and innovative design technology that even allows us to create unique flooring inspired by unexpected materials, blending wood, metal, and concrete visuals.


Luxury Vinyl Flooring


Also known as luxury vinyl tile (LVT), this type of flooring comes in wood and stone looks that are designed to resist moisture and everyday wear and tear in the most active homes.


Where can luxury vinyl be installed?

Luxury Vinyl or LVT is the perfect type of flooring for bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and laundry rooms, but it can be installed anywhere in your home. There are even options that allow you to easily install over subfloors with minor irregularities.


How durable is this type of flooring?

Luxury vinyl is very durable and easy to clean. In fact, our luxury vinyl collections are 100% waterproof, so they won't swell, buckle, or lose integrity when exposed to water.


What styles are available with luxury vinyl flooring?

The kind of trends you might see in hardwood planks or natural stone tiles can often be found in luxury vinyl. Traditional, rustic, and exotic woods in plank sizes as wide as 7". Travertine or marble-mimicking tiles. Modern industrial designs inspired by concrete or petrified wood. So many options mean it's easy to find a floor that does what you need it to do but is really stylish, too.


Rigid Core Flooring


Maximum durability and award-winning design are the hallmarks of rigid core flooring. It has a layered structure that features the best attributes of multiple flooring types, including luxury vinyl and laminate.


Where can rigid core flooring be installed?

Enjoy this flooring type in any room of your home. It's durable enough for the highest traffic and most moisture-prone rooms, and beautiful enough with its realistic hardwood designs to elevate the style of your main living spaces and bedrooms.


How durable is this type of flooring?

Rigid core flooring, unlike many other types of flooring, offers the ultimate dent resistance against things like dropped objects and high heels. It's also 100% waterproof, so when exposed to water the planks will not swell, buckle, or lose integrity.


What kinds of styles are available with rigid core flooring?

Our award-winning designs include highly realistic visuals and textures that resemble real natural hardwood. Capture the look of traditional wood floors or trending rustic, reclaimed, and brushed wood looks.


Engineered Tile Flooring


This type of flooring is engineered with 70% limestone and other resilient materials to be the perfect alternative to natural stone, porcelain, or ceramic tile. It has the character and longevity you love about traditional tile, but it's warmer and softer under-foot.


Where can engineered tile be installed?

Engineered Tile can be installed anywhere in the home, with or without grout. It's ideal for high-moisture areas like kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and laundry rooms — and even on the wall as a backsplash or accent wall! And unlike ceramic tile, engineered tile can be installed over minor subfloor irregularities without the risk of cracking.


How durable is this type of flooring?

Engineered tile styles are all backed by a lifetime warranty. This flooring type is built to handle all the things you need your tile floors to handle: high traffic, spills, messes, and dirt. Even the grout is stain resistant. And if you drop heavy objects on engineered tile, it's not vulnerable to cracks like natural stone can be.


What engineered tile styles can I choose from?

There are many styles you can achieve with engineered tile, starting with classic slate, terracotta, travertine, and marble — all the way to tiles that resemble reclaimed wood and linen fabric. Explore pattern possibilities, on-the-wall looks, and how different tile sizes and shapes can alter the look of your space in stunning ways.


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