New flooring products have greatly impacted our homes in recent
years. A wide range of economical flooring materials have been
developed that are easier to install and maintain; the floor covering
market has, therefore, become quite competitive and flooring dealers
often discount their wares substantially.
The primary flooring materials are wood, stone, vinyl, ceramic, rubber
and linoleum as well as wall-to-wall carpeting
in wool, nylon, and other synthetic fibers.
Wood floors constructed of oak, maple, or other hardwoods are
available in solid wood or laminated wood variations. Hardwood
floors can be finished to highlight the beauty of the wood grain and
are generally long wearing, especially if they are made of solid wood.
Stone floors are beautiful and hard-wearing and are often made
of limestone, slate, marble, or flagstone. They are cool to walk
on in summer but can be cold in winter unless radiant heating
is installed under the floor.
Ceramic tile floors are versatile and easy to clean; they are
available in an extensive range of shapes, finishes, textures
and colors. Similar flooring includes quarry tiles and terrazzo.
vinyl flooring is produced in tile and sheet form and is available
in many designs and colors. Vinyl is hard-wearing and requires
little maintenance but care must be used when joining large vinyl sheets.
Rubber floors, available in tile and sheet form, are expensive
and mark easily, but they can provide an attractive, smooth, solid-color
finish, especially when installed professionally.
Linoleum floors are made from wood, flour, linseed oil, resins
and pigments — natural materials that impart a muted character
even to bright colors. Linoleum requires professional installation
for a good quality finish.
Wall-to-wall carpeting is a popular floor covering because it offers
warmth, comfort, and a quiet sense of elegance. Available in many
textures and colors, it should be installed over quality underlayment
to help it absorb sound and wear better.
Laminate floors are relatively new in the USA, but they have been
used in Europe for decades. Laminate flooring of several layers,
including an image layer that imitates the appearance of traditional
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Homeowners will appreciate the simple
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This Virginia-based firm has one of the largest inventories
of pre-finished and unfinished hardwood floors in the industry.
They offer a variety of flooring brands for residential and commercial
construction. Because they negotiate directly with lumber mills,
they can pass savings along to their customers. www.LumberLiquidators.com