Natural Stone Flooring
Natural stone is one of the most stylish and fashionable materials you can use for your flooring. You can use it inside and out. You can use it in any room in your home. There are four types of natural stone that are popular choices homeowners select regularly.
Travertine is a natural stone with a very distinctive appearance. What makes it so unique is its warm, aged look. This stone is very porous with many visible holes and cavities. Travertine has a rustic, casual feel that works well in a kitchen, but works just as well in a formal living room. It helps rooms flow together and creates the illusion of more space. Travertine is mostly found in the beige, brown or gold families.
Granite has stood the test of time as a flooring material. It is cost effective, being very cheap in the long term due to the fact that once you buy it, rarely needs to be replaced. This is because granite is very resistant to all types of damage. Granite resists damage from all kinds of liquids, including acid, scratches and heat and, most importantly, it holds its value well. Additionally, it is very easy to clean and maintain, usually only requiring infrequent rinsing with water, and occasionally soap. Granite is also very hard, resisting all types of scratches. Granite can be brushed or scrubbed easily if need be without damage resulting.
Man Made Tile
Do you have a high-traffic area in your house? Tiles can be a great solution. Benefits over stones are that tiles can be fairly easy to replace. This type of flooring is extremely durable, affordable and need very little maintenance. Tiles were meant for wet places such as bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens. Tiles, nonetheless, are not indestructible. Chipping and cracking are common when heavy objects are dropped on them, or something that weighs a lot shatters an individual tile.
Heating and cooling natural clay produces the material from which ceramic tile is made. It's a popular floor tile choice because of the vast number of colors, shapes, sizes, finishes and textures that are available.
Hardwood floors are a classic flooring option, which exude sophistication and beauty. Hardwood flooring is also versatile, and can work in just about every room of the house. On top of looking great in any room, wood flooring can last a lifetime, when cared for properly. Natural wood flooring is more expensive than most flooring options, though the immediate and long-term value it adds to your home is well worth the cost. Wood flooring is on the higher end of flooring option and although laminates and vinyl can attempt to duplicate its appearance, there is no substitute that can compete with the quality or aesthetics of a well-maintained wood floor.
Solid hardwood floors
Solid hardwood floors are just that — they're made from solid wood. Each board of solid hardwood flooring is made from a single piece of hardwood that's about 3/4 of an inch thick. Because it's so thick it can be sanded down and refinished for however long the flooring is in the house. Solid hardwood expands and contracts in reaction to changes in moisture and temperature.
Engineered hardwood is a versatile and resilient flooring option that can be installed in most areas of your home. Made of genuine wood, this flooring gives your home an updated look and feel. Engineered hardwood is made of a core of hardwood or plywood with a layer of hardwood veneer affixed to the top surface. It's more resistant to moisture and heat compared to solid hardwood. The unique construction of engineered wood creates a structure that is less likely to buckle, gap, or react to fluctuations in humidity and temperature. You can install engineered flooring on any level, including below ground. It's a great choice for finished basements and bathrooms.
Vinyl flooring is an extremely popular choice for kitchens, laundry rooms, and any area subject to water drops or spills. With Vinyl you can mimic the look of stone, tile, wood grain and much more: there are thousands of vinyl patterns, textures & colors to choose from.
Vinyl tiles can give you the look of ceramic tiles at a much lower price. Vinyl is long lasting, and easy to maintain. If you have no time for high maintenance wood or the budget for pricey granite, but want a floor that offers looks and durability with ease of cleaning, then a vinyl floor may be right for your home. Vinyl flooring is a synthetic plastic. Vinyl is not linoleum. Like most plastics, vinyl is impervious to moisture damage and is extremely durable.
These are just a few of the popular flooring options for homes. There are many, many more. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your needs or other flooring options.
- Cathy M.