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Flooring Types

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

HARDWOOD OVERVIEW

From elegant to rustic looks, hardwood is a floor type that has become a hallmark

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Solid wood flooring is 100% hardwood milled from lumber. As a natural material, hardwood reacts to changes in its setting, like moisture and extreme temperatures, which cause solid wood to shrink or expand. All solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished if needed over the years. Solid hardwood is not recommended for installation below ground level or in bathrooms.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered wood flooring is built up of layers of wood. It consists of three to ten layers, called plies, that are glued together. This multi-ply structure gives engineered wood superior stability, greater than solid wood, which reduces concerns associated with shrinking and expanding when temperature and humidity change. Engineered wood can be installed below ground level making it a great choice for finished basements.

Prefinished vs. Site-Finished Hardwood

There tends to be less hassle with prefinished hardwoods. There’s no dust from sanding, no fumes from chemicals, no waiting for the finish to dry. Many of these floors are warranted to last longer than site-finished floors–typically 5 to 35 years, for residential use versus 3 to 5 years. This is because factory applied urethane finishes are much tougher and longer lasting than site-applied finishes. If you like the look of site-finished flooring, but want the durability of prefinished flooring, choose a product with a square end and edge.

LAMINATE OVERVIEW

Get the look and feel of exotic wood or high-end stone at a fraction of the cost, with this floor type. Great for high-traffic areas and active households, the durability of Armstrong laminate is hard to beat.

Laminate flooring has four layers: a wlaminateear layer, a design layer, an inner core layer and a backing layer.

  • Wear layer – clear top layer that protects the floor from stains and fading
  • Design layer – a photographic image of wood, stone, brick or ceramic
  • Inner core –  Provides stability, durability, moisture resistance, and sound absorption.
  • Backing – creates a moisture barrier that protects the floor from warping

 

This layered construction makes laminate floors remarkably durable.

 

 

VINYL SHEET OVERVIEWinnovative-vinyl-flooring

Vinyl sheet flooring comes in a variety of looks from natural stone or wood looks, to patter
ned designs—all at an affordable price. A great combination of beauty and function, vinyl sheet is a durable and easy-to-clean floor type that can be installed anywhere in the home. It is particularly valued for great resistance to scuffs, stains, and spills

VINYL TILE OVERVIEW

Vinyl tile is a great type of flooring for do-it-yourself projects. Some are so easy to install, you can transform your room over a weekend. Like vinyl sheet, tile is durable, affordable and low-maintenance.

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