There are hundreds of local stores where you can buy carpeting, wood flooring, laminates, and tile. Don't be mislead by offers of huge discounts or free installation. It can be confusing trying to figure out what product will suit your needs and your budget. More people are choosing to use less "wall to wall" carpeting because of the fact that needs to be professionally cleaned at least annually and can be problematic for people with dust allergies. I think that includes just about everyone! Hard surfacing is beautiful and much easier to clean but ADA (American with Disabilities Act of 1990) guidelines suggest not installing more than 15% of your home's surfaces in non-resilient products. The reason being that you can develop foot problems, especially if you like to go barefoot. Wood and laminated floors are easy to keep clean and they provide some resilience, making it the most popular choice for main living areas in flooring today. While choosing the correct flooring is critical, don't forget to use care in choosing what goes under the flooring. It can make all the difference when it comes to performance and lifespan.