One of the more expensive home improvement projects is installing a new floor. It can be difficult to navigate through all of the details, expenses, and options for such a large undertaking. With so many flooring choices like hardwood, laminate, LVT, tile, and carpet, you may not know where to start or what option is best for your space. We are here to help! We have put together a brief overview of the different flooring types that we offer to help in your decision-making process.
Hardwood flooring is available in either solid or engineered. Solid wood flooring is just that: a solid plank of wood. Engineered hardwood is a layered product, made with a thin slice of hardwood on top of a base of high-quality plywood. Engineered hardwood is better than solid hardwood at dealing with moisture and is a bit more durable due to the top wear layer. Solid hardwood is able to be sanded and refinished several times in the lifetime of the floor, while the wear layer thickness of engineered hardwood dictates how many times it can be sanded and refinished. Engineered hardwood tends to cost a little less than hardwood and you can typically install it in more spaces, but the longevity and added value of solid hardwood are unmatched.
Laminate flooring is designed to withstand normal, everyday wear and tear from the most active of households, and even some commercial flooring installations. A layered construction includes a hardened wear layer to protect from stains, fading, spills, and scratches, while the inner core adds moisture resistance and stability. Laminate flooring is easy to install and maintain and comes in a variety of options resembling wood, stone, and other natural materials. However, one of the biggest disadvantages is that you cannot sand or refinish the floor, meaning if there is heavy wear, deep scratches or grooves, it must be replaced.
Quickly becoming one of the most popular options in flooring today, LVT is a hard and durable type of flooring with a wide range of design options. Like laminate, it can resemble wood or stone, without the extensive installation cost or maintenance. It is also a great type of flooring for DIYers. LVT can be easily installed, either with glue or with a loose-lay floor. It is extremely resistant to dents, moisture damage, and heat. One of the common misconceptions about LVT is that the design will wear away through use. However, the design is printed onto the film layer of the tile and protected by the wear layer. The protective, clear layer guards against scratches and scuffs, and protects the printed design layer.
Tile flooring is extremely resilient to stain and wear. It is perfect for placement in high-traffic areas. Ceramic tiles have a glazed protective layer which makes them impervious to water damage. Some popular tile flooring types are porcelain, ceramic, marble, and mosaic, meaning that you will not be short on design options that will fit any space. Installing porcelain tiles can be challenging, though. A lot of prep work is needed, and your subfloor needs to be perfectly smooth before you can set your tile and put grout in the cracks. Tiles can crack, and some grout can stain. Dropped cups and dishes break more easily. Tile is also relatively expensive and more difficult to install. Replacing cracked tiles can be a challenge.
Carpet flooring is a great choice for comfort and warmth, as well as style and flexibility. It can give a room a casual look or a formal look, depending on what it is paired with, and there are many color choices, textures, and styles. Carpet also cuts down on noise by providing sound insulation. Though, carpets can turn into a breeding ground for dust mites and other insects, as well as allergens. Also, occasional food spills, dirt/mud, and moisture do not go unnoticed on a carpet if not cared for properly.
With over 60 top brands to choose from, there is no shortage of quality. Below are just some of the manufacturers that we carry. For a full list of manufacturers, click here.
Armstrong has hundreds of flooring options sure to satisfy the needs of any homeowner. Armstrong hardwood floors come in various wood species. You can find anything from classic oaks to tropical woods. If you’re looking for a modern tile look without the tile feel, check out the Armstrong vinyl flooring options. These come in almost every look from tile and stone to wood and slate. For easy maintenance and cleanup, try the vinyl or laminate options offered.
Renowned for its high-quality hardwood flooring and environmentally sound manufacturing practices, Mullican Flooring provides customers with endless possibilities for beautifully designed spaces. Mullican’s distinctive collections are available in elegant, smooth finishes, as well as rustic, hand-sculpted or wire-brushed surface treatments. Unique features also include random 6- and 7-foot planks and exceptionally wider widths — up to 7 inches. The first in the hardwood flooring industry to offer a “lifetime moisture warranty” on select products, Mullican is also known for having the most efficient kiln-drying process in the business, along with stringent inspections, which ensure consistently high milling quality and grade for all Mullican products. The company’s solid flooring is produced exclusively in the United States, along with a substantial amount of engineered flooring.
For over 40 years, Shaw has been known for their exceptional quality and products, including carpeting, rugs, hardwood, laminate, resilient and tile & stone for residential and commercial applications worldwide. A recognized leader in environmental stewardship, Shaw has implemented hundreds of sustainability initiatives and Cradle-to-Cradle design solutions, collectively termed the Shaw Green Edge.
We offer a rare combination: premium products at value pricing, frequently with the bonus of a 50-year residential warranty. Let us help you create the perfect ambiance for your home. Our color and design palettes complement any living style. Founded in Maryland, Chesapeake Flooring creates flooring that stays true to its Chesapeake roots. They make hardwood-flooring styles that are elegant, comfortable and casual. At Chesapeake, everything we do is designed with the customer in mind. We offer a product line to please every taste—from the most cutting-edge trends to classic, timeless choices—at a price point everyone can afford. Every one of our products qualifies for some of the best residential and light commercial warranties in the industry, offering you peace of mind on your purchase.