Types of Flooring Materials & the 411 on Them
Picking flooring material is considered a very challenging task for most when designing the interiors of your home. The floor is the canvas for your furniture, rugs, color palette, patterns & design of your spaces. 4 Sale Real Estate & Fieldstone Family Homes want to make it easier by providing the, below listed, important information on your flooring options.
Cork floors are made of the bark & thus saving the tree. Cork is a great insulating flooring material & keeps it relatively sound-proof. It is anti-allergenic unlike most flooring types & resists against insects well. Since, cork is all natural, it is environmentally friendly & sustainable. Cork floors are resistant against abrasion and can be easily cleaned.
Laminate flooring is a great alternative when on a budget to have the lovely appearance of wood or stone without breaking the bank. Laminate is hardy & will show no signs of fading or stains for about a decade. It is not easily affected by moisture like wood & it will require less care than wood or stone flooring as well. Clean-up consists only of brooming & mopping.
Linoleum flooring is a composite of cork wood dust, limestone, recycled wood flour & linseed oil. What a recipe that is to make this flooring material eh? It is considered to be one of the more environmentally safe choices. Go Green! Linoleum floors are tough against hits or dents. Oils don’t affect or damage it either. This flooring type is a smooth & comfortable feel to the touch.
Since there are different kinds of stones, natural stone tiles also come in different types. Including but not limited to are: limestone, clay, granite, pebble, sandstone, slate, travertine & onyx. Stone floors are generally durable & can also withstand high temperatures. They are suitable to be placed near sources of radiant heating like fireplaces, stoves, or furnaces.
Tile flooring comes in various types like ceramic, porcelain, quarry & mosaic. Installation may require grout in order to properly lay them down on the floor. When tiles are glazed, they can be stain-resistant. Tile also has the heat resistance trait as stone floors do.
Although synthetic by origin, vinyl flooring can achieve the rich, deep & warm look of wooden floors. This floor type also comes in many different colors & patterns. Vinyl floors are durable & will also resist impacts & scratches against their surfaces. Vinyl floors are cost effective & are the easiest to invest on an outlet basis.
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
LVT offers 3D printing technology which adds depth & realism, durability, with a high-performance wear layer. This flooring product is extremely resistant to dents, moisture damage, heat & more, Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring is perfect for those who want durable floors. Examples of reasons to choose this flooring; kids, pets & location/uses. This flooring option is extremely popular right now for the long-term long-lasting qualities it possesses with the look of real species such as wood or stone, however, less temperamental.
Wood flooring is the classic option and it comes in oak, maple, and bamboo. With proper care & maintenance, wood floors can last a very long time. Cleaning wooden floors only require sweeping & the application of polishing shine solution while scrubbing from time to time. With coating technologies, most will instruct cleaning to a dust mop & occasionally a warm damp mop here & there.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered hardwood flooring has durable, high-performance attributes. It is constructed with multi-layers of wood & each layer is positioned in a different direction. As you can imagine, this only increases the strength of the product, same as a tightly woven basket effect. So much so, that this construction prevents the engineered hardwood from warping & bowing the way a hardwood floor might in moist areas. Its advantage over solid hardwood is that the construction allows for installation in most grade levels of the home, including below ground with a protective moisture barrier installed. A hardwood veneer gives the natural beauty & look to the engineered floor just as a solid hardwood floor would. (Ha Ha, Pun intended) Engineered hardwood offers easy care & maintenance & is a contender for a flooring choice.
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