Options to consider before choosing new flooring
Installing new flooring is one the most dynamic ways to transform the look and the feel of a home ,but it's also one most costly home-decor decisions consumers make. According to the World Floor Covering Association (www.wfca.org),the type of flooring you choose will determine not only the mood of a room, but how practical it will be.
Because most type of flooring are relatively permanent, the flooring you install should be tailored to the people who use it. Here are some pros and cons of 5 five popular flooring type.
Carpet - nothing looks like it, feels like it or performs like it. It enhances the peace and quiet of your home by absorbing sound. It insulates against the cold, cushions your feet with comfort, and adds safety underfoot by helping to prevent slips and falls.
Because carpet is a key decorative element in the home and a major purchase, you will want the confidence of knowing that a Carpet Network professional will be able to advise you every step of the way. We will help you find the perfect options for every room with our wide selection of fashionable designer colors, patterns and styles.
PROS: Many colors and textures available, Warm, extremely comfortable. Easy to clean and affordable and quiet. Easy to replace.
CONS: Requires frequent vacuuming and should be professionally clean every 12 to 18 months. Cleaning may require restretching.
We carry major brands including hand-picked selections from some of the largest manufacturers in the carpet industry, such as:
We also carry the fibers that you have come to know and trust such as:
Tile is among the most durable of all flooring surfaces, it s also provide an an amazing array of design possibilities. At Floor Network, we carry a wide assortment of the latest trends in ceramic and porcelain tiles.
Highly stain and water resistant
Naturally hygienic with easy to clean surfaces that can be smooth, textured or polished
Ceramic tile is among the most durable of all flooring surfaces, it also provides an amazing array of design possibilities. It is made from a mixture of clays and minerals that has been shaped, pressed, and then fired at temperatures exceeding 2,000 degrees (F) resulting in a hard surface. The protective glaze that is applied before firing then gives the ceramic tile added color and finish and makes it resistant to stains, odors, bacteria and scratches.
Porcelain Tile is a type of ceramic made of a very fine mixture of clays and minerals similar to those found in fine dinnerware. These special clays allow porcelain tile to be fired at temperatures even higher than ceramic tile, typically exceeding 2,400 degrees (F). The higher temperature results in a very dense tile. The denser the tile, the better it resists moisture.
At Floor Network, we carry a wide assortment of the latest trends in ceramic and porcelain tiles. Let us help you design a floor that is truly unique, enhances your room, and fits your lifestyle. Our craftsmen will ensure that your installation looks as beautiful as you had imagined.
PROS: Wide variety of style, patterns, colors, textures and sizes. Can achieve different looks and feels through installation techniques. Moisture is resistant. Easy to clean. Extremely durable.
CONS: Grout lines can be stain if not properly installed. Costly to change design or color scheme. Usually requires professional installation. Should be resealed regularly. Cost varies greatly, depending on the type of tile.
WE carry a wide assortment of family friendly laminate for you to select from. We can match any decor from formal to traditional, country to contemporary, from your basement to attic. We have the floor that will bring your room alive!
PROS: Realistically simulates wood and other natural materials. Extremely durable. Easy to clean. Can usually be installed throughout a home. Easier for the homeowners to install depending on general home improvement skill level. One of the more durable flooring options.
CONS: Quality varies greatly depending on manufacturer. Tends to be noisy. Though more durable than wood, may scratch or dent.
For the natural beauty, it s hard to beat the warmth of hardwood flooring. Our extensive collections includes a variety of widths, styles, colors and species includes the popular exotics. Since technological advances have improve durability, you can expect to expect to enjoy many years of great beauty and performance.
PROS: Will usually last a lifetime. Easy to clean. Warm colors. Coordinates well with almost any decor. Usually easy to repair when necessary.
CONS: May scratch or dent. Easily damaged by moisture.(Not recommended for bathroom) Color can fade over time. requires professional installation.
VINYL- Whatever style you love, a Floor Network can help you find the right vinyl flooring designs and colors to enhance your kitchen, bathroom, basement, recreation, and even utility room decorating schemes. You'll be surprised how really beautiful vinyl can be!
The hottest trend in vinyl flooring today is in natural looking designs that reproduce the appearance of ceramic tile, hardwood and even stone! Today's products have both the texture and feel of real ceramic tile or hardwood, with a tough, durable finish that is much easier to maintain (and more forgiving due to vinyl's resilient nature) than the real thing!
Floor Network features the great brands you know and trust, such as Mannington and Congoleum. These are innovative companies that combine fashion-forward designs with durable performance.
Your Floor Network professional will provide a wide selection of samples for your consideration, right in your home or business. We have immediate access to large inventories of product for prompt installation by our craftsmen.
LINOLEUM- linoleum has been a mainstay floor covering for over 100 years because it is one of the few products made primarily from natural raw materials. It is a tough yet visually striking floor covering, highly resistant to heavy rolling loads and foot traffic. Because linoleum is a natural organic product, its performance is enhanced by time, as exposure to air serves to harden and increase its durability while remaining quiet and comfortable under foot.
Where health concerns are involved, linoleum products such as Marmoleum by Forbo or Corkoleum by Natural Cork and More, are the natural choice. Linoleum’s anti-bacterial qualities fight the common allergens found in most living spaces. Studies have shown that micro-organisms cannot live or breed on linoleum flooring. Antiseptic, allergen-free and easy to clean, linoleum products are serious about health and the environment.
It is a natural product and it all starts with natural ingredients. Linseed oil is pressed from the seeds of the flax plant. Wood flour is obtained from lumber industry waste (sawdust) and controlled forests, where every tree felled is replaced. Rosins are harvested from pine trees. The beautiful colors of Marmoleum and Corkoleum are achieved by using environmentally responsible pigments, and the backing is woven with natural jute fibers.
After its long life (twenty-five years or more), linoleum is biodegradable. Even the adhesives used to install the sheet goods and tiles are free of solvents. You won’t find any harmful substances in linoleum, no lead, no formaldehyde, no plasticizers and no chlorine.
Linoleum makes an ideal choice for most rooms in the house, from the hallway, kitchen, mud rooms and children’s rooms, where traffic is likely to be the heaviest, to the family room, study or basement.