Types of Flooring – Overview of all Types of Flooring

Flooring-StoreThere are many types of flooring available today, so many that the choices can seem overwhelming. Here are the main types of flooring. We install all types of floors.

* To get some ideas from the many types of flooring: select  PRODUCTS / COLORS  on the menu above to see the drop-down list of flooring materials & their manufacturers. You can get many flooring ideas from the manufacturer websites with all the product details & image galleries. We can order & install any of the products which are available *

Be sure to check out the VIRTUAL ROOM DESIGNERS. There you can choose a room and design it with different types of flooring. Some of the designers allow you to also change other features like the wall colors, trim, bedding, etc. We have featured designer programs from six different major manufacturers of all the various flooring materials. Some of these programs even allow you to upload your own image which you can use for designing. It takes a little work though to prepare your image.

hardwood flooring ideasHardwood Flooring

Add classic warmth & richness to any room with hardwood flooring. Hardwood is easy to clean and can last a lifetime. It comes in a wide range of species with varying tones & textures. It allows for custom design features to be added in. Hardwood can always be refinished & updated with new stain colors & finish. Plus, it is very strong & durable & increases the value of a property. All this makes hardwood a top choice. See the directory above for many hardwood floor ideas. Check out the 10 most common types of hardwood.

engineered-woodEngineered Wood

Manufactured from three to five layers of hardwood which are stacked with grains crossed and pressure bonded. Engineered wood is highly resistant to humidity making it suitable for kitchens & basements. Some engineered woods are available which are made from recycled wood fibers. Some are  made from fresh hardwoods and are even more resistent to expansion & contraction from temperature changes. Engineered looks just like hardwood. See the above directory for many flooring ideas with engineered wood. Read all about Engineered Wood Floors.

bamboo flooringBamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring has become a popular ‘eco friendly’ & fashionable alternative type of wood flooring. Though it’s actually not wood but a type of grass stalk, bamboo has all the same qualities as wood. Quality bamboo products have the same durability, longevity and maintenance as hardwood & often come at a more affordable price. Very cheap bamboo products however are not highly recommended due to to their unregulated production & possible VOC emissions. 

laminateLaminate Flooring

Laminate is a multi layered synthetic production composed mainly of fiber board & resin materials. Under a clear protective coat the surface is laminated with digital images which very realistically similate real hardwood, stone & tile. Laminate is known to be tough & moisture resistent making it suitable for any covered area. It uses less hardwood & is thus a more affordable product. See the directory above for many flooring ideas with laminate. Read all about Laminate Floors.

vinyl-flooring

Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is ever increasing in popularity due to it’s affordability and quality. Composed of flexible pvc, it is available in sheets, tiles & planks. It is durable, stain resistent & comes in a  wide range of patterns similating real wood, stone & ceramic. Resilience, ease of maintenance, beauty & cost all combine to make vinyl flooring a great choice. It’s also suitable for any covered area. See the directory above for many flooring ideas with vinyl. Read all about Vinyl Floors.

linoleum

Linoleum 

Linoleum is an affordable “green” choice being that it is made from natural renewable materials like recycled wood & cork dust, pine rosin, limestone & linseed oil. It is often made with a burlap or canvas underside. Linoleum is durable, flexible, easy to clean and  & also comes in a wide range of patters. See the directory above for many flooring ideas with linoleum.

carpet

Carpet

Carpet offers comfort & natural insulation. It looks great with some proper care. Contrary to popular belief, carpet may have no adverse effect on allergies as studies have shown carpeted rooms to have less airborne allergens than hard floors. See the directory above for many flooring ideas with carpet.

ceramic-tile

Stone & Ceramic Tile

Tile is another flooring material that resists humidity & is tough & long lasting whether it be porcelin, ceramic or stone.  It is easy to maintain with a mop & broom. . Tiles, like any flooring material nowadays, come in a huge selection & they can also be custom installed in mosaics & various patterns.  Many types of tile are used for kitchens, bathrooms, shower stalls & outdoor walkways. Pricing for tile is somewhere between carpet & hardwood. See the directory above for many flooring ideas with tile.  Read all about Tile Floors.

stained-concrete

Polished Concrete

Polished concrete has become a popular choice today for residential as well as commercial spaces. This is due to developments in coloring & techniques. Polished concrete floors are longer just polished grey slabs, but have become artistic palettes. New concrete floors can even be stamped with lines, textures & patterns that can replicate wood, tile & stone. Polished concrete is very cost effective because it makes use of the existing concrete slab without the cost of additional floor covering materials. Read all about polished concrete.

Epoxy Flooring

epoxy-terrazzoEpoxy flooring is another type of flooring that has become very popular in recent years with developments in colors & technique. Epoxy floor coatings are for concrete floors. Professional coatings are distinct from do it yourself epoxy floor paints being thicker, more durable and long lasting. They are especially ideal for resurfacing worn, cracked concrete which is unsuitable for polishing. Though they are popular on new concrete floors as well. Epoxy coats look and perform just like polished concrete and have the same design capabilities. Epoxy coatings can be intrically colored with solid or metallic, granite like appearance. The texture and design can also be enhanced with colored quartz, chips and glitter. Thick epoxy coats offer the extreme durability & stain resistance needed by industrial spaces.

Read all about epoxy flooring.

For flooring ideas the choices are practically unlimited. Making a decision on which one can seem overwhelming. With the above products directory & our expertise, we are here to help you decide.

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