Types of Flooring & Their Benefits

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Carpet

Carpet is often the one thing that helps bring life to a room. Even if you install wood floors, you are going to put an over-sized shag rug in the middle of that room. Why is it that we always look to carpet? Well, carpet is proven to bring warmth and comfort to any room. It is typically that one thing that helps bring a room together and give it life. The colors and patterns of carpet can also help create a mood and style for the whole room. Another benefit is the comfort and softness underfoot. No more worrying about your toddler falling or dropping your new china vase.

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Luxury Vinyl Flooring

One of the trendiest flooring options today, Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) and Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) offer a great look with even better benefits. LVT is cut into tile-sized pieces and LVP is cut into plank-sized pieces made to resemble hardwood boards. Luxury Vinyl is made with a series of layers and can be installed by glue-down or floating. Luxury Vinyl’s popularity grew so quickly due to its natural look with 10 times the durability. Luxury Vinyl is waterproof, scratch-resistant, quiet and soft underfoot, and easy to maintain. Do you want the wood look in your bathroom? Look no further!

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Laminate

Get the image of laminate in your great grandmother’s kitchen out of your head. In the past 10 years, laminate has increased its performance and looks. Today’s laminate is a sustainable wood product that optimizes material left over from hardwood manufacturing processes, contributing to its environmental story. Laminate can give you everything you love about wood flooring at a fraction of the cost. Along with the increased performance has come a new floor that is scratch, dent, and water-resistant AND great for a budget-sensitive customer!

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Tile

Tile is known for being one of the most durable floors on the market. However, did you know that they also offer other key benefits? Tile is low maintenance, cost-effective, bacteria-resistant, waterproof, scratch-resistant, free of allergens, and has no VOCs, POCs, and formaldehyde. Tile can go ANYWHERE you wish bathrooms, kitchens, mudrooms, in the shower, on the counter, and even on the patio! While carpet provides warmth, tile provides cooling. If you are someone who keeps the air conditioning on or lives in a hot climate, tile is calling your name! One of the top benefits of tile is the unique colors, designs, and looks. Tile is the perfect way to add color and personality to a room.

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Rigid Core Flooring/Multi-Layer Flooring

Multi-Layer Flooring is split into two groups: wood plastic composite (WPC) & stone plastic composite (SPC). WPC products represent the class of rigid LVT flooring with the expanded/foamed polymer core. The foamed core provides comfort and sound reduction. WPC products provide warmth, comfort, and are a hard surface equivalent to an 80-ounce luxurious carpet. SPC represents the class of rigid LVT flooring with a solid polymer core. The dense, mineral-filled core provides extra protection against indention to the floors. SPC is durable and wear-resistant and is similar to 26-ounce loop carpet.

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Hardwood

Hardwood has enjoyed a rich history of patterns and textures that date back to the 1600s. It is one of the only products that give you an authentic and natural beauty that can not be replicated. Within the hardwood category, there are two different types: solid and engineered. Solid wood is a single, solid piece of wood from top to bottom. It is a timeless and authentic flooring option due to its ability to last a lifetime. Solid wood can be sanded and refinished multiple times. Engineered wood is not entirely natural – only the top layer is. Engineered wood is comprised of multiple layers that can be generated from a variety of materials.  Hardwood floors are rich in history, durable, natural in beauty and luxury, and give you the best return on investment.

FUN FACT: IN THE 1960S, SOLID WOOD FLOORS WERE REQUIRED IN ALL U.S. HOMES IN ORDER TO SECURE A MORTGAGE – WHICH IS WHY MOST OLDER HOMES HAVE OAK HIDDEN BENEATH CARPET. ONCE VETERANS BEGAN COMING HOME FROM WW2, THE HOUSING MARKET SAW A DRAMATIC BOOM, RESULTING IN A INSTALLATION OF HARDWOOD BOOM TOO! UNABLE TO MEET THE DEMAND, THIS IS WHERE THE CATEGORIES WERE CREATED: ENGINEERED & SOLID.

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