There are many types of flooring available. In each of the available types, you may have to make extra design choices. Choosing things such as material when it comes to wood or stone floors, finishes, colors, flooring, and patterns may be still necessary. The following are the popular choices of flooring and their pros and cons.
This type of flooring is made from a single piece of hardwood. In most cases, you will find floors that are made from cherry, oak, or walnut. There are also other solid wood options you can choose from. You can find both pre-finished wood and finished wood. The good thing about finished wood is that it is both shiny and provides excellent moisture resistance.
This is a more affordable alternative as compared to the solid hardwood. It is made by combining the top layer of the genuine hardwood with layers of ply plank. It looks like solid hardwood but has excellent resistance to moisture. Since engineered hardwood uses less expensive solid, it is a more cost-effective option.
It falls under the category of hardwood. The good thing about bamboo is that it is sustainable and an eco-friendly option. It produces floors that have light wood color. There are processing treatments that give it a darker finish and make it appear like other stained wood options. The plant is environmentally friendly as it does not need herbicides, pesticides, or water to survive. Also, the plant matures in less than 5 years as compared to 20 or more years in other hardwoods.
If you like the appearance of hardwood, but have a limited budget, laminate flooring is a good option. Although similar in design to the engineered wood flooring, its top layer has not been finished. The major difference between real wood flooring and laminate is that the option does not have a real wood top layer. In this case, an image captured through photo-realism technology of beautiful finishes such as ceramic tile, stained concrete, wood, or stone is used.
When most people hear of linoleum what comes into their minds is the pictures of 1970’s kitchens. Fortunately, the option has undergone a lot of transformation over the years and there are many attractive choices available on the market. Linoleum is made from renewable, biodegradable materials such as cork, and linseed oil. It is regarded as an environmentally friendly material.