Tips for buying new flooring

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    When it comes to new flooring for your house, the choices are overwhelming. Style is important, but so is function.

    Where are you reflooring? Is it a high traffic area? Are there kids and dogs running around all the time? Is there the potential for moisture or spills?

    Consumer Reports Haniya Rae says some materials are more resistant to wear and tear.

    “Vinyl flooring is great at resisting foot traffic, stains, dents. sunlight, pretty much everything,” she said. “If you want actual wood, pre-finished solid wood flooring is also an excellent choice at resisting foot traffic and stains. And then there's laminate flooring that's pretty good all the way around at foot traffic, scratches and stains."

    Consumer Reports flooring pros suggest asking the store to let you take home a few samples that you can compare side by side in the room where they'll be installed.

    "See how they look in daylight, how they look at night, whether that's really the color and feeling you're going for versus what you currently have,” Rae said.

    More Info: Consumer Reports Floor Buying Guide

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