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Three Types of Residential Flooring to Consider

When it comes to home improvement, you’ve no doubt thought of making improvements to your flooring. But determining what residential flooring works best for your home can be a challenge without a little guidance. If you’re looking for help, take a look at the three most popular residential flooring options to consider.

Three Most Popular Types of Residential Flooring


Carpet is probably the most divisive residential flooring available to homeowners today. Many homeowners find carpet to be undesirable for the aesthetic of their homes, and that makes a lot of sense. Most of us grew up in homes with wall-to-wall carpeting – carpeting that was usually cheaply made, poorly padded, and way too shaggy for any modern sensibilities. Fortunately, carpeting has come a long way as it entered the 21st century, meaning you can find carpet that fits your aesthetic no matter how picky you might be. Carpeting is perfect for shared, common areas in a home, like living rooms, dens, and bedrooms. Carpets are also not the cleaning nightmares many make them out to be. With regular vacuuming and periodical steam cleanings, a carpet can stay fresh and last for years.

Carpeting is often an overlooked answer to the age-old question: what should you consider when choosing floors? For people with children, a carpeted family room or living room is a very wise investment. While hardwood floors might fit your aesthetic better, a carpet is unbeatable for its versatility and softness. Nobody can tell you what to do with your home, but when it comes to different rooms and your particular needs, a carpet can be your best bet.


Hardwood floors are the pinnacle of most modern aesthetics. Look at any home renovation show or magazine, and you’ll see that hardwood is hard to beat. And there’s plenty of reason for this. Hardwood floors are very versatile in terms of style and appearance. Many hardwood floors offer a very neutral tone, making them easy to fit into any interior design. Hardwood floors are durable, and the best part is they usually come with the house! 

While they might be buried under old carpeting, hardwood floors can be restored to their former glory by professionals like Ozburn-Hessey. Sanding and refinishing hardwood floors is one of our specialties, and you won’t be disappointed by the results. Hardwood flooring is best suited for living rooms and dining rooms, as well as hallways and entryways. This type of flooring doesn’t boast the same level of waterproofing as laminate, but it’s also more hypoallergenic than carpet. 


Linoleum or laminate flooring is a more modern type of residential flooring, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t proven itself durable and long-lasting. In fact, of the three types of flooring we’ve discussed, laminate flooring can be the most resistant to damage. Not only that – laminate is often the most budget-friendly choice in residential flooring. And laminate is a natural chameleon, with designs made to emulate wood, marble, and other much more costly flooring options. 

Laminate flooring is best suited for areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways because most laminate floors are waterproof. This means they can handle the worst of what mother nature sends indoors, cooking spills, and pet accidents.

So, what is the best type of flooring for a house? That answer depends on your needs, but we hope the advice above made those needs a bit clearer to you. Whether it’s installing new carpet or laminate, or restoring your hardwood floors, Ozburn-Hessey is ready to assist you with your residential flooring needs in and around Nashville. Give us a call today for a free estimate.

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