High-performance laminate flooring can look like wood or tile, is extremely
durable and easy to clean. Laminates feature engineered, layered construction
and can stand up to just about anything. Laminate flooring does not scuff or
show wear-through. The surface is burn-resistant and resists scratching from
pets. The surface will not indent with normal family usage nor will the color
fade. Clean-up is easy, requiring only a damp cloth or vacuum. Good for
moisture-prone areas: Kitchens, bathrooms, foyers, family rooms, dens, laundry
rooms, as well as all high-traffic areas.
Many people prefer the natural, rich beauty of genuine wood floors. Upscale and
elegant, they create a warm, inviting look. You can choose from two categories:
Solid wood and engineered wood.
- The most common wood flooring consists of solid, one-piece boards. Solid wood
flooring is usually nailed to a subfloor of wood. Solid wood is not
recommended below-grade or for basement installation.
- Consists of two or more layers of wood laminated together. The top layer is
usually a hardwood veneer of varying thickness. The lower layer is a softwood
- Most engineered wood floors are glued down, rather than nailed down. Some are
installed as "floating floors", meaning the edges of the panels are
glued together but not attached directly to the subfloor. It can also be
glued directly to a concrete slab which means it can be used below grade.
Variety of Styles
- Most wood flooring is available in three formats, the most common being the
familiar wood strip. It is also available in wider width planks or as parquet
- Unfinished floors, installed on-site, allow you many choices for colors and
types of finishes. Most solid wood flooring is unfinished, while most
engineered floors are prefinished