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Not sure what type of flooring to put in your new kitchen or bath? Read on to learn more about the wide variety of flooring types we offer.

Flooring Options:


Wood – Solid Wood or Engineered Planks

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Wood is a common choice as a flooring material due to its environmental profile, durability, and restorability. (Bamboo flooring is also often considered a form of wood flooring, although it is made from a grass rather than a timber.)

Pros:

  • Beautiful, warm, and "soft" on the feet
  • Durable and long-lasting if properly sealed and maintained
  • A variety of wood types and hues to choose from
  • Can be painted or stained for even more (nearly endless) color options
  • Helps tie-in the kitchen with other rooms in an open floor plan

Cons:

  • Can be very expensive
  • Wood floors are susceptible to water damage
  • Spills need to be cleaned immediately
  • Softer wood floors can dent easily
  • Most wood species will darken with age
  • Wood floors are harder to keep clean than vinyl or laminate systems
  • Dust will be everywhere with a wood floor refinishing project or a new installation of unsealed wood

Installation Process:

Tongue and grooved flooring is nailed directly into the subfloor and over a vapor barrier. Engineered flooring systems can be nailed or glued to subfloors or applied as a"floating" system where only the joints are glued or snapped together with fasteners. Tongue and grooved floors can be prefinished or sanded and finshed after installation.

Price Range: $6.00 to $12.00 per Square Foot Installed

Suggested Website: Kraus Flooring

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Natural Stone Flooring

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Many different kinds of natural stones are cut into a variety of sizes, shapes, and thicknesses for use as flooring. Slate, granite, marble, and limestone are the most popular types of stone flooring.

Pros:

  • Easy maintenance, cleans easily, fun to look at and certainly more realistic than laminates or vinyl flooring systems
  • Stone floors are nearly indestructible and beautiful, with nearly limitless colors and pattern choices
  • Tumbled or honed finishes can provide good traction in wet-use areas

Cons:

  • Stone floors are cold and hard on the feet
  • Stone materials can be costly
  • Grout can discolor in high traffic areas.
  • Once grout gets dirty or stained it can be difficult to restore without regrouting
  • Slate can be more affordable, but is sometimes is rough and can peel
  • Tumbled or honed stone must be sealed regularly
  • Glossy finishes are slippery when wet and must be polished regularly
  • Stone is heavy and may need a stronger subfloor
  • Marble can be damaged by chlorine and can sometimes absorb dirt

Installation Process:

Concrete floors make the best substrate. Floors must be structurally sound and relatively level to bear the weight of the stone. Floors are prepped typically using a cement board underlayment, then floated to make level. Stone flooring is then set in mortar and grouted similar to ceramic tile.

Price Range: $18.00 to $32.00 per Square Foot Installed

Suggested Website: Stone Tile International Inc.

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Tile – Ceramic, Porcelain, Quarry, Terra Cotta

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Ceramic tile includes a wide variety of clay products fired into thin units which are set in beds of mortar or mastic with the joints between tiles grouted. Varieties include quarry tile, porcelain tile, terracotta tile, and others.

Pros:

  • Tile materials can be very affordable
  • There is a huge selection of mixable colors, shapes, sizes and patterns in tile flooring materials
  • Most tile floors are easy to maintain
  • They are very durable if well made
  • Glazed tiles are moisture and stain-resistant
  • Installation can be easy for some do-it-yourselfers
  • Mosaic tiles can be laid on (relatively) uneven surfaces

Cons:

  • Tile materials can be somewhat expensive depending upon what type of tile you choose
  • Tile floors can be cold and hard on the feet
  • Glossy finishes are slippery when wet
  • Tile floors can crack or chip and can be somewhat difficult to repair
  • Grout may discolor in high traffic areas
  • Once grout gets dirty or stained it can be difficult to restore without regrouting

Installation Process:

Tile flooring is usually set in mortar and grouted into place.

Price Range:$10.00 to $24.00 per Square Foot Installed

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Laminate – Imitation Wood, Tile, or Stone

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Laminate flooring (sometimes called floating floor systems) is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring may simulate wood or sometimes stone using a photographic appliqué layer under a clear protective layer. Usually, the inner core layer of laminated flooring is composed of melamine resin and fiber board materials.

Pros:

  • Mostly affordable, durable, scratch-resistant, and easy to maintain
  • Laminate has color/grain uniformity
  • Laminate comes in a wide range of colors and designs
  • Laminate can be installed over old flooring
  • Laminate is quiet when used with underlayment
  • Laminate is moisture resistant, can be a good choice for damp areas and below grade.
  • Easy installation makes it a good choice for do-it-yourselfers
  • Many floating floor systems "click" together requiring no glue

Cons:

  • Laminate cannot be refinished if damaged
  • Some floating floor systems can be somewhat costly, approaching or exceeding wood floor systems

Installation:

Concrete is probably the best substrate. Similar to a natural stone, floors must be structurally sound and relatively level to bear the weight of the stone. Floors are prepped typically using a cement board underlayment, then floated to make level. Flooring is glued down and then grouted similar to ceramic tile.

Price Range:$8.00 to $18.00 per Square Foot Installed

Suggested Website: Kraus Flooring

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Resilient Flooring

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Resilient flooring is designed to be durable, resistant to stains and water, and to be comfortable to stand and work on. Most resilient floorings are made from materials like cork, vinyl, linoleum, and rubber, known for being extremely sturdy, and possessing a natural springiness. Resilient flooring is a popular choice for kitchens, hospitals, retail stores, and other environments where people spend a lot of time on their feet.

Pros:

  • Most resilient floors are inexpensive, durable and especially easy on the feet
  • Resilient flooring is quiet, water and stain resistant and fairly low maintenance
  • Some resilient floor systems are easy to install, especially tiles
  • 12 foot wide sheets means seamless floors in small rooms

Cons:

  • Resilient floors are prone to dents and tears
  • Repairs are not easy to make and do not achieve the most desirable results
  • Some patterns and types of resilient floors will show the slightest defect in the sub-floor
  • Proper preparation to the sub-floor is critical to achieving a good finished outcome
  • Moisture can get into improperly sealed seams leading to mildew and material lifting
  • Glossy finishes can be slippery when wet
  • Some finishes may dull easily unless waxed regularly

Installation:

Preparation for a new resilient floor requires that the substrate must be clean, flat, and very smooth. Smooth concrete or a plywood subfloor or an older vinyl floor that meets these requirements will serve. After substrates are prepared, the sheet goods or tiles are glued down using appropriate adhesives. Typically, sheet goods are cut to size before they are installed using a paper template or very careful measurements.

Price Range:$8.00 to $16.00 per Square Foot Installed

Suggested Website: Armstrong

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Cork Flooring

Cork Flooring

Cork is harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree found in seven Mediterranean countries including Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Tunisia, Italy, Morocco and France. Portugal is by far the largest producer of cork with over 30% of the world's cork trees and 70% of the world's cork production.

  • Cork has a natural beauty that comes in a wide array of colors, shapes, and patterns.
  • Cork is soft and warm
  • The air trapped inside of cork acts as natural shock absorbers
  • Cork is a great application where you are standing a lot such as in a kitchen
  • Cork softens impact noises such as something dropping on the floor or the sound of people or pets walking
  • The same natural attributes that make cork feel so comfortable also help reduce noise and vibration
  • Cork has natural properties that are anti-allergenic and resistant to insects
  • The coatings used to seal cork flooring make it healthy and safe for adults, children and pets

Cons:

  • Cork must be sealed, and is not as durable or easy to clean as other floor materials, therefore it may not be a good choice for "rough" families

Installation:

Cork flooring comes in panels and in tiles. The edges have specially fabricated grooves, similar to a tongue and groove, but are designed to interlock firmly in place. Most cork flooring installs use "floating" systems, set on top of cushioned underlayment's over smooth concrete or plywood.

Price Range: $10.00 to $24.00 per Square Foot Installed

Suggested Website: Kraus Flooring

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Linoleum and Marmoleum (Forbo's linoleum)

Marmoleum Flooring

Linoleum is a floor covering made from renewable materials such as solidified linseed oil, pine rosin, ground cork dust, wood flour, and mineral fillers such as calcium carbonate, most commonly on a burlap or canvas backing. It has been produced since the late 1800's. Today, linoleum is making a comeback. Forbo Flooring Systems manufactures a linoleum product under their brand name, Marmoleum.

Pros:

  • Great for residential and commercial applications, Marmoleum is safe, durable, easy to clean
  • Linoleum comes in wide range of colors
  • The natural bactericidal properties of marmoleum prevent micro-organisms including Salmonella Typhimurium and Staphylococcus Aureus from multiplying themselves. It is the continual oxidation of the linseed oil that enables this phenomenon.
  • Marmoleum is a floor you can walk on without your feet being cold. It is a warm, comfortable, healthy floor that looks and feels great
  • Marmoleum is made with natural ingredients without any harmful VOC's or other toxic chemicals
  • The sheet goods are installed with solvent free adhesives and Marmoleum Click is installed without any adhesive

Cons:

  • Marmoleum floors can be expensive
  • Marmoleum floors are prone to dents and scuffs
  • Repairs may not be easy to make and do not always achieve the most desirable results
  • Marmoleum needs constant maintenance
  • Marmoleum finishes damage easily
  • Marmoleum must be finished and sealed properly and the seal must be maintained

Installation:

It may be best hire professionals with experience in installing marmoleum

Similar to vinyl floors, preperation for a new linoleum floor requires that the substrate must be clean, flat, and very smooth. Smooth concrete or a plywood subfloor or an older vinyl floor that meets these requirements will serve. After substrates are prepared, the sheet goods or tiles are glued down using appropriate adhesives. Typically, sheet goods are cut to size before they are installed using a paper template or very careful measurements. Adhesives require up to 72 hours to cure.

Price Range:$12.00 to $28.00 per Square Foot Installed

Suggested Website: Forbo Flooring Systems

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