Kinds of Flooring
When it comes to choosing flooring type, you have a number of factors to consider. The good news is that today's market is flooded with exceptional possibilities like never before. Choosing the right floor can dramatically change the appearance and functionality of any room of the home. With state-of-the-art materials and high tech designs, flooring is now one of the most valuable assets of any home.
One of the most popular types of flooring is hardwood. With this, you could choose from traditional species to include oak, pine, walnut, ash, or birch, or go exotic with bamboo. Hardwood flooring comes in wonderful gloss and stain options, as well as detailing. This means you could do the entire room with one type of wood or blend several different species, colors, or designs to come up with something unique.
Laminate flooring is another great choice. Due to new technology, laminate is now available to look just like natural stone, ceramic, brick or hardwood. In fact, the look is so realistic, it is near impossible to tell the difference. A benefit to laminate flooring is that it is more affordable while not sacrificing on appearance and quality. In addition, laminate can often be installed by the weekend warrior with perfection.
Then, you have vinyl, which comes in single sheets or tiles. The nice thing about vinyl tiles is that they come in so many different sizes, creating whatever look you want. In addition to finding some amazing traditional styles that include geometric shapes, floral designs, and pavers, you will also find some contemporary patterns and options that look just like limestone, ceramic, slate, or hardwood.
Ceramic tile is a timeless flooring solution that works well with any style home. The great thing about ceramic is its strength and durability. In addition, ceramic adds an age-old charm that is hard to find with any other flooring material. Now, if you want, you could create an entire floor made from ceramic or you could use borders or mosaic tiles for enhancement to other flooring material.
Finally, linoleum is another material to consider. We strongly recommend you choose genuine linoleum, which is made from linseed oil, limestone, wood or ground cork, and mineral pigments. The great thing about linoleum is that any color or pattern is saturated all the way through. The benefit is that if the flooring material were to become damaged, it would not be as noticeable as with other materials. In addition, linoleum is a great solution if you have an odd-sized room, needing it to be custom cut.