While hardwood flooring has a reputation for being susceptible to scratches, some species of hardwood can be highly durable. For the most durable hardwood flooring, invest in oak, walnut, ebony, maple, ash, or pecan. Hardwood floors also increase home value.
Laminate flooring is a great choice if you want a high end hardwood look but need something more durable for pets and kids. Laminate is a much better choice against scratches and dents. It is also much more affordable than hardwood.
Vinyl stands up the best against excess moisture and spills, and it can be less expensive than laminate. However, laminate gives a more realistic wood look to enhance the design aesthetic in your home.
For flooring, Vitrified tiles are the best bet since they are durable and can withstand heavy traffic. For walls, you can choose either ceramic or porcelain tiles as they are non-porous or do not absorb stains. For outdoors it's best to opt for either matt finish or anti-skid tiles to avoid slips.
Some of the most common types of natural stone flooring are marble, travertine, limestone, granite, quartzite, slate, and sandstone. One of its many advantages is its timeless elegance.