Guide to Flooring Types

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

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 your carpet like a pro.

Where can carpet be installed?

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.

How durable is this type of flooring?

All our products are designed to be durable and stand up to soil, stains, and spills. Our carpet is made of strong and durable PureColor solution dyed fibers backed up by 25-year wear warranty with a Lifetime stain and fade resistance.

What kinds of style are available with carpet flooring?

TEXTURE CONSTRUCTION: Stylish and casual this carpet has long crimped yarns for a casual look that works for any room. With higher pile for a super soft feel, which helps hide footprints and vacuum marks it’s no wonder that texture is the most popular style on the market.

SHAG/FRIEZE: Casual and comfortable this carpet has high, twisted yarns for a longer crimped look and relaxed feel. Its long twists create dimension and visual interest as well as a bouncy, springy feel underfoot.

PATTERN: Classy and sophisticated this carpet is made with varying loop and cut height yarns. Pattern style provides a variety of surface textures, including sculpted effects of squares, chevrons or swirls. The multicolored effects hide soil and stains for a low profile that handles traffic beautifully.

BERBER LOOP: Casual and durable this carpet has dense, looped strands and a low profile for a clean, low maintenance look. Loop carpet can also be found in a patterned loop style and patterned loop usually has two to three different loop heights to create pattern effects. This style is durable, reliable and ideal for high traffic areas.

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? 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. It has a layered construction that includes a hardened wear layer to protect from scratches, surface spills, stains and fading, and an inner core that adds moisture resistance and stability.

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. Hardwood styles include rustic, weathered, hand-scraped and reclaimed looks. Stone looks range from Spanish-style pavers to slate tile. Armstrong's innovative design technology 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?

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. And while all LVT products are scratch, stain and wear resistant, you can choose between different performance levels. Some come with the superior scratch-and-stain resistance of Diamond 10® Technology, making them tough enough to be backed by our lifetime warranty!

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 means 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. Rigid core flooring features many of the durability characteristics of traditional luxury vinyl tile, but with greater dent resistance and design realism.

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?

Armstrong's engineered tile styles are all backed by our 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.