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Types of Flooring Materials and Their Advantages

Picking the flooring material is considered to be one of the most challenging tasks when designing the interiors of your home. The floor will act as the canvas upon which the colors, patterns, and design of your furniture and decorations will be based.  To help you in your decision process, Kennedy Carpet has listed the types of flooring materials and the advantages that they can offer you:

Cork Flooring

Cork floors are made by peeling off the bark while saving the tree. They are great at insulating the home and keeping it relatively sound-proof. It is anti-allergenic unlike most flooring types and resists against insects well. Since, cork is all natural, it is environmentally friendly and sustainable. Cork floors are resistant against abrasion and can be easily cleaned.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring presents itself as an option for those who want to capture the grandeur of wood or stone without breaking the bank. Laminate is hardy and will show no signs of fading or stains for a decade. It is not easily affected by moisture like wood and it will require less care than authentic wood or stone flooring.  Clean-up consists only of brooming away dust and dirt and mopping.

Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum flooring is a composite of cork wood dust, limestone, recycled wood flour, and linseed oil. It is considered to be one of the more environmentally safe choices when it comes to flooring materials. Linoleum floors are tough against impacts or dents. Oils cannot also affect linoleum flooring nor damage it. A floor using this type of tile provides a smooth and comfortable feel.

Stone Flooring

Since there are different kinds of stones, natural stone tiles also come in different types like limestone, clay, granite, pebble, sandstone, slate, travertine and onyx. They are generally durable and provide an unmatched elegance to your home’s interiors. Stone floors can also withstand high temperatures and are suitable to be placed near sources of radiant heating like fireplaces, stoves, or furnaces.

Tile Flooring

Tile flooring come in various types like ceramic, porcelain, quarry, and mosaic. Installers will need grout in order to properly lay them down on the floor. When tiles are glazed, they can be stain-resistant. It shares the same quality of heat resistance with stone floors and as such, they can be used near fireplaces, furnaces, and stoves as well.

Vinyl Flooring

Although synthetic by origin, vinyl flooring achieves the rich, deep, and elegant look of wooden floors. This floor type also comes in different colors and patterns since vinyl manufacturing processes have been upgraded throughout the decades.  Vinyl floors are durable and will ably resist impacts and scratches against their surfaces. Vinyl floors are cost effective and are the easiest ones to invest on at the outset.

Wood Flooring

Wood flooring is the classic option and it comes in oak, maple, and bamboo. With proper care and maintenance, wood floors can last a long time. Cleaning wooden floors only require sweeping and the application of polishing shine solution while scrubbing from time to time.

If you need help deciding on what type of flooring will fit your home, please call us at 888-369-8626 or fill out our contact form. Our friendly staff will help guide you through important points in considering what flooring to use. We also provide new carpets should you want one installed the same time you get your new floors gets laid down.