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     11 Different Types of Flooring
Flooring can make a dramatic difference in appearance of your home. It will also
contribute to the resale value, and it enhances the ambiance of a home. There
are a great many choices to consider when deciding on the flooring for your
home .Let's look at ten of the most popular flooring styles from which to choose
for your home.
1. Hardwood Flooring
Solid hardwood floors are one of the staples within the flooring industry.
Because of the natural beauty and durability of solid hardwood floors, they have
been around for centuries. Solid wood floors are timeless investment that can
produce a lifetime of beauty and add value to the home. Wood floors come in
Maple, pecan, beech, Chery, oak, pine, birch, walnut, hickory and more.
2. Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo flooring is one of the newcomers in the flooring industry. Bamboo is
more environmentally friendly than hardwood floors, and it is actually not wood
- it is a grass. Bamboo is very durable, elegant and versatile. The natural
variations of color that is unique to bamboo come from carbonization and are
usually a honey brown color or light tan.
3. Laminate Flooring
Laminate floors are the fasted growing choice in flooring in USA today. The
laminate flooring received its fame from Europe. Laminate floors are cheaper
than hardwood and they are easy to maintain. The laminate flooring is virtually
resistant to burns, scratches, chipping and is great for high traffic areas.
4. Linoleum Flooring
Linoleum and vinyl are commonly confused: however, genuine linoleum is a
classic and was invented around 160 years ago. Linoleum is made only from
raw, natural materials. Linseed oil is the main ingredient. Mineral pigments are
responsible for the beautiful rich colors of the linoleum. The linoleum flooring
comes rolled and ready to install and is available in varying thickness.
5. Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tiles  can be used as floor tiles or put on counter tops and walls. They
can be used indoors and outdoors. The high gloss finish is usually the most
popular for counter tops, although they do tend to scratch.
For outdoor flooring, the unglazed finish is preferred because of the possibility
of standing water. Finishes available are: matte, embossed, glazed and
textured ones for anti-slip.
6. Marble Floors
any room in your house will have a clean, reach feel with gorgeous marble
flooring. The tiles come in different sizes, usually around 12 x12" and are easy
to install yourself. Marble products are processed everywhere in the world from
metamorphic rock blocks that contain mostly calcium carbonate that are
quarried. Marble tiles make an elegant foyer and come in many colors.
7. Carpet & Rugs
carpet has been used for years and the only downfall is the bulky installation
problem. In efforts to rectify the difficulties of installation, carpet tiles are now
offered. Carpet tiles are squares, like ceramic tiles. This new carpet can be
easily installed by most homeowners.
8. Vinyl Sheet
vinyl floors is excellent in bathrooms and kitchens. This type of flooring has an
ease of installation and is quite affordable. As an alternative to flooring with
ceramic tiles, vinyl floors give the same look as tiles, except they cost less than
ceramic tiles.
9. Rubber Flooring
most people think about the rubber flooring as school flooring. There are
several other places that this type of flooring would be excellent, like recreation
rooms, home exercise rooms, playrooms and children's bedrooms.
10. Cork Flooring
Cork is a natural harvested product that comes from trees in Portugal and
Spain. Cork is retrieved only from mature trees and can only be harvested
every 9 years, so it is also very economical. Cork can be colored in any shade
because it accepts easily stains.
11. Concrete Flooring
It has become the new material of choice for designers and homeowners across
the United States. Concrete floors in stained, colored, painted, and personalized
glory are popping up in retail stores, trendy restaurants, offices, and homes
everywhere. A concrete floor offers numerous options for interior rooms
including nearly limitless designs, colors, and even health benefits.
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