Flooring Guide and Facts
Hardwood floors have been around for centuries and adds warmth, charm and value to a home. Pre-finished hardwood flooring has dramatically improved the finish, durability and ease of maintenance and installation. Today, there are hundreds of colorations, wood species and widths available.
Carpet offers warmth, softness and quiets a room more than any other flooring product. Patterns and texture on carpet can give your room a more artistic and elegant look and hides traffic patterns. New carpet fiber technology and construction are making carpets softer and more stain resistant to help them keep their like-new appearance and longevity.
Some characteristics and advantages of carpet are: soft under the feet and easier on children's knees, quieter than hard surfaces, wide variety of color tones, easy to decorate with, hides subfloor irregularities, economical, installation costs less.
No other category offers the wide variety of colors and patterns like vinyl flooring. Over the years, there have been great advancements in wearlayer and backing technology and styling that helped develop today's vinyl/resilient floors. Vinyl flooring is manufactured in both sheet and tile and a wide variety of designs, colors and price points. More expensive vinyl sheet flooring and tiles have a better resistance to stains, scratching, gouges and tears.
Some characteristics and advantages of vinyl are: they are ideal for the bathroom and kitchen do-it-yourself projects, comes in both self adhesive or glue down installation, range from 1/16"-1/8" in thickness and extremely durable.
Laminate flooring is a great choice for the active areas in your home. Due to improved technology, laminate is becoming harder to distinguish from real wood or tile flooring. Laminate can also be ordered in a wide variety of colors that has the looks of stone, slate and tile designs with grout lines.
Some characteristics and advantages of laminate are: realistic looking ceramic or stone appearances without grout joints, less expensive and easy to install, easy care (especially if you have pets).
Discover the unlimited decorating possibilities with ceramic tile. This is a popular choice for interior floors and walls and is available in a wide variety of colors, size, shapes and texture. Tile is a natural product made from clay and can be glazed or unglazed.
Some of the characteristics of tile are: durable, fire, water and scratch resistant, easy care and environmentally friendly.
Important things to consider when selecting tile are: slip-resistant of the tile, size of the tile and room, width and color of the grout joints, thickness, height variations from room to room, suitability and cleanability.