FLOORING

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FLOORING

Because your old flooring may be old, discolored, smelly, scratched, chipped, or cracked, you can choose to replace it.  So, install new floors and you will add beauty, color, cleanliness and value to your home. Since there are many types of flooring, choose from a range of options, including: wood, stone, vinyl, and laminate. Also, choose from other types of flooring, like: cork, ceramic tile, bamboo, and polished concrete.  Therefore, use a water resistant flooring that will not retain moisture, mold, or germs, for bathroom and kitchen flooring. Hence, choose the best bathroom and kitchen flooring types, which include: sealed stone, ceramic tile, vinyl, or polished concrete.  Furthermore, for the dining room, living room, family room, and bedrooms, use hardwood, bamboo, cork, or carpet flooring.  Finally, polish your concrete garage floors for a lustrous shine.  In conclusion, a tip for allergy sufferers is to replace your old carpet with a hard surface floor.  As a result, you will rid the home of dust, dust mites, and other allergens.

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WOOD

Since solid hardwood floors are beautiful, durable, and easy-to-clean, they are a popular choice.  Therefore, choose between the most common types of wood for flooring: oak, black walnut, maple, pine, and exotic woods. Also, install wood floors for continuity of color from one room to the next. Also, another option is engineered wood or composite wood, which is made by binding the wood fibers with adhesives.  Another benefit is that in area that have high moisture content, or changeable temps, composite may warp less than solid wood.

STONE

Since polished natural stone (such as granite, slate) offers a beautiful, classic, elegant, and easy to clean surface, it is a popular choice. Therefore, it use it in entryways, bathrooms, kitchens, and hallways.  While porous stones such as travertine, limestone, and marble, need to be cleaned and sealed often, to prevent staining and pitting.

VINYL

Since vinyl flooring is less expensive than other types, choose it for your high wear areas.  Also, vinyl is durable, easy to clean, and reduces noise.  Another benefit is that you can choose vinyl in a variety of colors and patterns, and it is resistant to dents, scratches, and stains.

LAMINATE

Because laminate flooring not made from solid wood, it is less expensive than wood floors. Therefore, laminate is made from composite layers pressed together at high temps. So these layers include: a clear coat protective top, a highly detailed image that simulates real wood, a high density fiberboard, and a moisture barrier backing that protects the floor from warping.  Due to the strength of the layers, laminate is more durable than wood, and resists scratches, moisture, and wear and tear.

CORK

Since cork flooring is warm underfoot, muffles sound, and is a natural thermal barrier, use it to reduce energy bills.  In addition, cork is a natural material harvested from the bark of cork oak trees. Also, harvesting the cork from the trees, doesn’t kill the trees. Finally, it is resistant to mold, mildew, termites, and fire.

TILE

Since tiles are water resistant, you can clean them easily, and thus, they are a popular choice. Therefore, use tiles in entryways, hallways, kitchens, and bathrooms. In addition, use tile floors for allergy sufferers, because you can clean them of dust, dust mites, and other allergens, by scrubbing with a wet mop. Also, ceramic tiles have a glass like coating, and come in a variety of colors and textures. While quarry tile is an un-glazed ceramic tile with a rough texture.  Another option is porcelain tile that is fired at high temperatures and is hard and durable. Finally, clay is an un-glazed tile with earthy colors and a rustic look.

LINOLEUM

Because it is a green product made out of cork, it can be a good choice for flooring. Due to the linseed oil and mineral pigments that are added, it produces rich, vibrant colors. Another benefit is that this type of flooring produces no gas emission vapors.

BAMBOO

Since bamboo is not a hardwood, but a grass, and since it grows so fast, consider it a green product. Therefore, in order to make bamboo wood flooring, strips are glued together to form solid planks.  Another benefit is that bamboo is tough, durable, grainy, and has a beautiful light gold color.

POLISHED CONCRETE

Since many garages already have concrete floors, choose polished concrete.  So, the color of polished concrete depends on the type of stone aggregate that has been used in the concrete mixture.  Also, once concrete has been polished and sealed, it has a lustrous mottled stone color.

CARPET

Since carpet is made by pulling fibers through a woven backing, then gluing added layers on the backside, it has a soft texture. Therefore, choose carpet for warmth and comfort. In addition, install carpet with a carpet pad underneath, for cushioning.  Finally, choose from different options, including:  wool, nylon, acrylic, and poly fibers.