As carpet and flooring cleaning professionals, we know that there is a lot to consider when choosing the flooring you want to install in your home. We care about more than just cleaning your carpets, we care about what you choose for flooring so that we can learn all of the newest tricks and techniques to clean your floors for you. This is important for us especially when new kinds of flooring comes to the market for consumption. So we set out to find some information that may be a bit off the beaten path but useful none the less! Here we found a flooring buyer’s guide found on hgtv.com that we are sharing in it’s entirety!
Given the wide array of flooring options available, you’re bound to find one that fits your lifestyle and budget. Learn about 10 popular flooring types to find your match.
Today’s choices in flooring are more varied than ever, running the gamut of styles, finishes and installation options. Product innovation is clearly blurring the lines between many flooring categories, and the raw materials used to create flooring types include gin bottles, corn sugar and the staves from old wine barrels. The winner in this underfoot mash-up is the consumer, who benefits from an astonishing array of choices that fit any lifestyle and budget.
Bamboo is tough and durable. Because it comes from plants that are easy to grow and regenerate quickly, bamboo is considered a sustainable material and an environmentally friendly flooring choice. Nevertheless, most bamboo is imported from Asia, and environmentalists point to the energy required to transport bamboo to the U.S. as a factor to consider when selecting green flooring.
Expect to pay $3 to $8 per square foot for bamboo flooring, and $7 to $12 per square foot installed.
Laminates comes as planks or tiles. Most are floating floor systems, meaning they can be installed directly over old existing flooring without glue or nails — no tear-out is necessary. Laminate is a popular DIY flooring, but it’s wise not to overestimate your skills — installing around corners and between door jambs takes patience and ingenuity.
- Glazed ceramic has a glasslike coating that is applied prior to firing. The coating gives the tile an unlimited variety of colors and textures and makes the material virtually maintenance-free.
- Quarry tile is unglazed ceramic tile. Colors come from pigments added to the clay mixture. Quarry tile has a slightly rough texture that provides better slip-resistance than glazed tile.
- Porcelain tile is fired at extremely high temperatures. The result is a tile that’s especially hard and durable. Porcelain tile is resistant to staining and is a good choice for exterior applications. It’s available either glazed or unglazed.
- Terracotta is an unglazed tile with earthy colors and rustic appearance. It is not as durable as other tiles and must be sealed periodically to prevent staining.
- Nylon is exceptionally strong and resistant to wear. Make sure the carpet you buy is treated to reduce static electricity.
- Acrylic has physical properties that approximate wool. It resists wear, crushing and mildew, and it’s inhospitable for insects.
- Polyester produces bright colors and is highly resistant to moisture, but stains can be difficult to remove.
- Polypropylene olefin is used for indoor/outdoor carpeting. It’s extremely resistant to stains, moisture and mildew.
Vinyl products are backed with a layer of felt. Cushioned vinyl is backed with a thin layer of foam that offers an extra measure of comfort and safety. In general, a thicker vinyl surface means better quality and higher price. Thicker vinyl can have a textured surface that looks like real stone and wood.