Greene Flooring can bring the flooring store to your door by providing a vast array of products and materials to suit the needs of your home. We have access to all the top brands and we have great pricing on top quality unfinished Appalachian hardwood. You can schedule a one-on-one consultation with a flooring sales expert in your home to determine exactly what product is perfect for your individual needs. We are glad to have the opportunity to show you how much we can save you on your flooring investment project and we take pride in our competitive installation rates.
Though you’ll find a growing array of styles, most flooring falls into one of these six types. The type of flooring you choose will depend on your taste, needs, and budget.
SOLID WOOD– Advantages include its natural warmth and the ability to be sanded and refinished several times, along with impressive wear resistance for some. But except for the best solid bamboo, all the solid-wood products we tested dented easily, and some wore quickly and became discolored from sunlight. Pre-finished floors should hold up better than those finished on site, and their warranty comes from the factory, not the installer. But you may not like the beveled edges on many pre-finished products. While unfinished flooring costs about 40 percent less, higher installation costs can offset those savings, since the floor must be sanded and finished over several days to seal it from moisture. Wood flooring shouldn’t go in basements and other damp spaces.
ENGINEERED WOOD– This flooring uses a thin veneer of real wood or bamboo over structural plywood. Most engineered wood doesn’t wear as well as solid wood or plastic laminate. It also dents easily. Most can be carefully refinished once, but the veneer on some may be too thin.
LAMINATE– Generally made of dense fiberboard with a photo beneath a clear plastic protective layer, laminate can mimic nearly anything from oak to marble. Some brands use real cork beneath the clear layer. But the repetitive pattern on some products compromises realism. The best laminates resist scratching and discoloration from sunlight better than most wood products. You may be able to touch up minor flaws, but you’ll have to replace the flooring when its outer layer wears through.
VINYL– This option can be especially good at fending off wear, dents, scratches, discoloration from sunlight, and stains. Easy installation is another plus, especially for tiles or planks, as are more color and design choices than before. Premium vinyl does a better job of imitating stone, tile, and even oak, but even the best products still look like vinyl. And the best can cost at least as much as the best solid wood and laminate floors.
LINOLEUM– Made of linseed oil and wood products, linoleum is a natural, resilient material. Today’s products offer far more styles and colors. Linoleum tends to fend off discoloration from sunlight, but resistance to wear, scratches and dents has varied widely in our tests from product to product. Linoleum can also be relatively expensive.
CERAMIC– This classic material tends to resist wear, moisture, scratches, dents, and stains. But tiles can crack and grout can stain, and dropped cups and dishes break more easily on its hard surface. It’s also relatively expensive and hard to install. While some can now be floated without the usual cement and grout, that makes replacing cracked tiles a challenge.
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