Finding the perfect flooring can be tough. At Floor Coverings International Columbia East, we understand that every Columbia homeowner has different priorities when looking for new flooring. We’ve compiled our top choices for a variety of concerns: durability, visual appeal, affordability, and comfort.

Durability: Porcelain Tile

Both porcelain and ceramic are versatile, durable flooring options. Porcelain is slightly harder than ceramic, however, making it the more durable choice. Porcelain is incredibly difficult to scratch and won’t dent. It’s also one of the only flooring options that’s completely waterproof, making it ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and outdoor areas.

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Affordability: Vinyl or Laminate

If you’re looking for an affordable flooring upgrade, consider vinyl or laminate. These flooring options perform well as alternatives to more expensive materials, such as hardwood and natural stone. Laminate and vinyl are also durable options for your home. For example, vinyl has excellent water-resistance.

columbia east laminate flooring

Comfort: Carpet or Cork

You can’t beat carpet when it comes to comfort. Carpet is soft, cozy, and warm. For the highest level of comfort, go with plush carpet. This ultra-soft carpet is made by shearing the carpet fibers to create a smooth, level surface.

If you’re looking for a comfortable flooring that isn’t carpet, cork flooring is a perfect choice! This unique option brings a softer, cozy twist to the visual appeal of hardwood. Cork is similar to hardwood in appearance: it has a warm brown shade and distinct grain pattern, and it’s made from the bark of cork trees. Unlike hardwood, however, cork has a uniquely soft texture and compresses underfoot. Cork also stays warmer than hardwood, making it an excellent winter flooring.  

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Visual Appeal: Marble

If you want to wow your guests, go with marble tile. Marble will bring unparalleled elegance and beauty to your home. With a variety of colors and patterns available, you can use marble create a visually striking and unique look for your home. As a backsplash, flooring, or wall tiling, marble is beautiful. Polished marble has an elegant, glossy look, while matte marble is understated and natural. The slight translucence of marble creates a beautiful, glowy effect under light.

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Get Started in Columbia Today

To learn more about your various flooring options, give the team at Floor Coverings International Columbia East a call! We’re happy to help you find the perfect flooring for your home. Book a free in-home consultation today! We proudly serve Columbia, Cayce, Blythewood and surrounding areas.

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