The classy appeal of hardwood floors can add warmth and character to any room in your home. In fact, the natural characteristics of wood add depth and a visual appearance that many other types of floors can only try to duplicate. Rich, inviting hardwood floors are not only a beauty to live with, but they are also easy to care for, easy to maintain, and easy to use to add value to your home at resale time. Today, you have more diverse types, options, and selections of hardwood that are more delightful than ever. As the consumer demand for hardwood floors has grown, so has the manufacturer’s ability to produce better quality finishes and superior construction techniques.
Why consider bamboo flooring for your home? Bamboo floors are more graceful on the earth, harder than some hardwoods, and resistant to flammability. Unlike hardwood, bamboo is not a product of natural living trees, but rather it is the result of grass that grows quickly. Bamboo can grow from sprouts to full harvest in just three to five years; thus, an acre of bamboo can provide more flooring than an acre of trees. When bamboo shoots are cut, the roots remain intact while fresh, new sprouts grow in their place. The dense root mass of bamboo helps prevent soil erosion and provides a viable crop opportunity in hilly acres where other crops cannot grow. Bamboo can be an attractive alternative to hardwood because it is eco-friendly, dimensionally stable, 27% harder than Northern Red Oak, and 13% harder than hard Maple. Bamboo flooring can be nailed-down, glued-down, or floated. It comes in planks and is installed just like engineered hardwood floors. These floors can be installed over many different types of subfloors. Bamboo is truly a beautiful, versatile, and inviting product.
Why consider laminates? Laminates are manufactured products that simulate the look of hardwoods, ceramic tiles, natural stones, and many other types of flooring. In the past, laminate floors have been easy to spot; however, current technology allows manufacturers to create realistic visuals and textures for an elegant and quality floor. Quite frankly, we think that you will be surprised at just how beautifully laminate flooring resembles other premium flooring. Laminates are packed with exceptional durability, offering great impact and indentation resistance. They create surfaces that are easy to clean and have superior, stain resistance that is matched with superior fade resistance. You can install laminates over many different types of subfloors. Laminate flooring offers exceptional realism at an affordable cost. In addition, laminates are easy to replace in the future, if desired. Laminate is a great match for buyers who want the look and feel of real hardwood or stone without the cost or maintenance that can be associated with natural products. Laminate flooring costs significantly less than hardwood floors or natural stone tile. Because of this fact, laminate seems to be popular among buyers who are looking for a beautiful, durable, cost-effective flooring solution for their home.
(Information gathered in part from one of our distributors, Carpet Plus)
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