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Top Five Flooring Types

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Types of Flooring

The type of flooring could make a significant difference in the appearance and finishing of your project. Good looking flooring could enhance the value of the home and could possibly attract new customers. Let’s read about the most popular flooring types from which to choose for your home.

1. Hardwood Flooring

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One of the favorites types of flooring. Hardwood flooring presents a combination of beauty and durability that you would rarely have on a flooring type. Hardwood flooring comes in Maple, Pecan, Beech, Cherry, Oak, Pine, Birch, Walnut, Hickory and more. This type of flooring provides a long-lasting product, wear resistant surface that could be refinished if necessary. However, certain types of hardwood flooring might darken with age and some others could shrink and expand creating gaps in the floor surface.

2. Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring
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One of the latest additions of flooring types, the bamboo flooring could be a greener solution when compare to traditional flooring materials. Bamboo flooring is durable, elegant and comes in a variety of colors usually ranging from honey brown to light tan. It provides a strong, clean surface, but could darken over time or when exposed to sunlight. Bamboo flooring should not be left wet. Manufactured bamboo floors are typically made available in planks with either vertical or horizontal-grain orientation. In vertical bamboo floors, the component pieces are stood vertically on their narrowest edge and then press laminated side to side. The effect is a lined, almost uniform look to the surface of the finished floor plank. In horizontal bamboo floors, the slats are arranged in a horizontal direction, on their widest edge, and then joined side by side with adjacent pieces using a high-pressure laminate system.

3. Ceramic Tile

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When selecting flooring type that requires waterproofing, ceramic tile is the best alternative. Ceramic tile could be used as floor tiles, indoors, or as counter tops. Some types of ceramic tiles with high gloss finish tend to scratch over the time. Ceramic tiles with unglazed finish are the best alternative for outdoor flooring because of the possibility of standing water. Finishes available are: matte, embossed, glazed and textured ones for anti-slip. Ceramic tiles made of porcelain color through tile body, are the best to hide scratches or damages due to their composition. One of its biggest drawbacks is that grout lines could be very hard and difficult to clean and low quality tiles may chip.

4. Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring
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One of the cheapest flooring types available, laminate flooring are very easy to maintain. Laminate flooring provides a strong, durable surface that can resist burns, scratches, and chipping. It is an excellent solution for high traffic areas, resembles natural materials and comes in a wide range of colors and designs. However, laminate flooring could not be refinished and can be scratched easily. For installations in high-moisture rooms, select laminates designed for this use. Laminate flooring has grown significantly in popularity, perhaps because it may be easier to install and maintain than more traditional surfaces such as hardwood flooring.

5. Marble Flooring

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Marble tiles are one of the most durable and versatile tiles to use. They can be used for your floors, walls and hallway columns. These tiles are easily cleaned and maintained. They are also very easy to engrave with stylish textures and designs that suit your artistic tastes. Marble tiles make an elegant foyer and come in many colors. It comes in a wide range of colors and variations and is used in such things as sculpture as well as architecture and a building material for thousands of years, but its main use is in flooring. The tiles come in different sizes, usually around 12×12″ and are easy to install yourself.

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