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Pros and cons for the 3 most popular flooring materials

Re-flooring this summer? What to keep in mind with this quick and easy project
Herringbone and chevron hardwood floors add an instant timeless elegance to any space. Photo courtesy of Atlanta Flooring

The days are long and the nights are warm, making summer a great time to tackle quick weekend projects, like reflooring the front hall or bathroom.

So with the desired result in mind, how do you begin?

“Deciding on material is a good place to start when considering doing a quick room-refresh this summer,” says Ed Swanson, from Mission’s Atlanta Flooring, weighing in on the three most popular flooring options. “Laminate, vinyl plank and hardwood each have their own unique pros and cons that can help you make the decision.”

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For those needing to prioritize budget above all else when it comes to flooring, laminates are the way to go. They’re cost-effective, offer a wide variety of colours and design options, and are generally low-maintenance. Thanks to their unique finish, laminates are also incredibly durable. Resisting scratches and damage the best out of all three options! The downside? They’re not eco-friendly, Swanson says and they can pose a fall risk because they’re slippery (especially when wet).

Prices range from$1.69 up to $4.99 per sqft.

Vinyl plank

Durable, affordable and versatile. That best describes vinyl plank, Swanson says. A ‘middle of the road’ option for those considering flooring solutions, it’s easy to install, which makes it a good choice for those new to home renovation projects. It’s also water-resistant, making it a popular choice for many homeowners.

The cons? Vinyl plank is another synthetic material with a notable carbon footprint, meaning it’s not eco-friendly, Swanson says. It can be prone to fading and is not as comfortable underfoot. Prices range from $2.45 up to $7.95 per sqft.


Traditional and timeless. Hardwood flooring is the right choice for homeowners looking to truly invest in their home with a quality product, Swanson says. The big perks to hardwood? Appearance, durability and increasing your home’s value.

Hardwood floors look stunning, bringing a timeless, warm and sophisticated feeling to any room. When cared for properly, hardwood can withstand heavy traffic however it does require maintenance and is easily scratched or gouged.

The biggest con with hardwood is cost – it’s a desirable and beautiful product but it’s also an expensive product, with prices ranging from $3.95 to $12.95 sq.ft.

For more insight and information, visit Atlanta Flooring in Mission at 7057 Beatty Dr #101 or online at Follow them on Facebook for additional tips, tricks, deals and promotions!

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