The best flooring options for a laundry room are vinyl, linoleum, tile or cork. Vinyl, linoleum and cork flooring are the least expensive options and are easier to install than tile. However, tile is more aesthetically pleasing, even though it may require professional help to install.
Hardwood is a poor option for laundry rooms because of the maintenance that is required to preserve it. Moisture damages hardwood flooring; it can cause the boards to warp. A homeowner can duplicate the look of hardwood using vinyl planks that resemble wood; the vinyl is water-resistant and easier to maintain in a laundry room.