Style: Bamboo is a trendy flooring material that can elevate the elegance of a space almost instantly. It has an appearance and a feel that is similar to hardwood and yet is still distinct and different. Refinishing: Over time bamboo floors may become discolored, scratched, or marred.
Ceramic tiles have quickly become one of the most popular types of materials used in a home but often times home owners don’t understand exactly what they are. Ceramic tile is made up of sand, natural products, and clays and once it has been moulded into shape they are then fired in a kiln.
Cork flooring is one of the most beautiful and comfortable floor material options available. I used cork floors in my new house in the Kitchen and Den and can attest to the comfort and beauty of these floors (see above photo). Cork flooring is environmentally friendly and cork is considered a renewable and sustainable natural resource.
Laminate flooring (also called floating wood tile in the United States) is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood (or sometimes stone) with a photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer.
Linoleum, also called Lino, is a floor covering made from materials such as solidified linseed oil (linoxyn), pine rosin, ground cork dust, wood flour, and mineral fillers such as calcium carbonate, most commonly on a burlap or canvas backing. Pigments are often added to the materials to create the desired colour finish.
Natural marble is quarried from mountain ranges in various locations around the world, and this diversity is reflected in the wide range of types, finishes, sizes, and colors available in marble flooring tile. While marble is a highly durable flooring material, it does require some special care and maintenance.
Terrazzo is a flooring material traditionally made by exposing marble chips on the surface of concrete and then polishing until smooth. Now, however, you can buy terrazzo in tile form. It’s often used in public buildings because it’s long-lasting and can be refinished repeatedly.