Comparison of Flooring Products

Flooring Type Comparison

The average home has about 62% of the floor space covered with carpet with the balance divided among the other surfaces.  Laminate has not been included as of yet, but its characteristics are usually a hybrid between sheet vinyl and wood.  Although the chart presents the average, exceptions exist.  We hope these general product comparisons will help you optimize your space.  Please be sure to check out our decorating guide to learn more about texture and other cosmetic factors.

Cost Per Square Foot?

Carpet

Low/High for Tufted Goods; High/Very High for Woven Goods

Tile & Marble

High/Very High, Especially for Stone

V.C.T.

Moderate

Sheet Vinyl

Moderate/High

Wood

Very High

Custom & Oriental Style Rugs

High/Very High

Prestige & Affluence?

Carpet

Moderate/Good for Tufted Goods; Great for Woven Goods

Tile & Marble

Good/Great for Tile; Great for Stone

V.C.T.

Moderate

Sheet Vinyl

Moderate/Good

Wood

Good/Great

Custom & Oriental Style Rugs

Good/Great

Texture and Color Options?

Carpet

Great

Tile & Marble

Good

V.C.T.

Moderate

Sheet Vinyl

Good

Wood

Good

Custom & Oriental Style Rugs

Great

Mixing Colors?

Carpet

Many Predetermined Patterns Available; Mixing is Hard

Tile & Marble

Pattern Possibilities Endless

V.C.T.

Pattern Possibilities Endless

Sheet Vinyl

Many Predetermined Patterns Available

Wood

Pattern Possibilities Endless

Custom & Oriental Style Rugs

Many Predetermined Patterns Available

Touch - Soft/Hard?

Carpet

Very Soft

Tile & Marble

Very Hard

V.C.T.

Hard

Sheet Vinyl

Mild Hard

Wood

Hard

Custom & Oriental Style Rugs

Very Soft

Noise Level?

Carpet

Very Quiet

Tile & Marble

Noisy

V.C.T.

Noisy

Sheet Vinyl

Low Noise

Wood

Noisy

Custom & Oriental Style Rugs

Very Quiet

Home Insulation?

Carpet

Very Warm

Tile & Marble

Very Cold

V.C.T.

Very Cold

Sheet Vinyl

Cold

Wood

Cold

Custom & Oriental Style Rugs

Warm

Response to Moisture?

Carpet

Absorbs; May Grow Mildew

Tile & Marble

Repels

V.C.T.

Repels

Sheet Vinyl

Repels; May Grow Mildew

Wood

Repels; May Suffer Swelling and Cupping

Custom & Oriental Style Rugs

Absorbs; Dries Easily

Stain Resistance & Ease of Cleaning?

Carpet

Moderate

Tile & Marble

Great for Tile; Good for Stone

V.C.T.

Good

Sheet Vinyl

Good

Wood

Good

Custom & Oriental Style Rugs

Moderate

Surface Resistance?

Carpet

Vulnerable to Matting

Tile & Marble

Vulnerable to Scratches, Chipping and Cracking

V.C.T.

Vulnerable to Scratches, Chipping and Cracking

Sheet Vinyl

Vulnerable to Scratches and Cuts

Wood

Vulnerable to Dents and Scratches

Custom & Oriental Style Rugs

Very Good

Acceptable Installation Locations?

Carpet

Indoor & Outdoor

Tile & Marble

Indoor & Outdoor

V.C.T.

Indoor

Sheet Vinyl

Indoor

Wood

Indoor

Custom & Oriental Style Rugs

Indoor

Professional Installation or Do-It-Yourself (DIY)?

Carpet

Professional Installation

Tile & Marble

DIY Possible for Tile; Professional for Stone

V.C.T.

DIY Possible

Sheet Vinyl

Professional Installation

Wood

DIY Possible

Custom & Oriental Style Rugs

N/A

Residential Installation Time?

Carpet

1-2 Days

Tile & Marble

2+ Days

V.C.T.

1-2 Days

Sheet Vinyl

1 Day

Wood

1+ Day

Custom & Oriental Style Rugs

30 Minutes

Floor Preparation Required?

Carpet

Very Little

Tile & Marble

Moderate

V.C.T.

Very Much

Sheet Vinyl

Very

Wood

Much

Custom & Oriental Style Rugs

N/A

Follow-Up Finish?

Carpet

Vacuum 4 Hours Later

Tile & Marble

Seal Grout 1 Week Later

V.C.T.

Wax 10 Days Later

Sheet Vinyl

Mop 3 Days Later

Wood

Swept or Buffed

Custom & Oriental Style Rugs

N/A

Professional Maintenance Required?

Carpet

Cleaning

Tile & Marble

Grout & Tile Cleaning; Stone Polishing

V.C.T.

Stripping, Waxing & Sealing

Sheet Vinyl

None

Wood

Buffing and Refinishing

Custom & Oriental Style Rugs

Cleaning