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Tile Flooring Options

Host Jeff Wilson explains the different options of tile flooring.

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When considering installing a floor today, there are unlimited possibilities of colors, textures, styles and designs. Tile is popular because it is maintenance free and easy to clean. Porcelain tile is relatively new and is becoming more and more popular. It is up to 30 percent harder than granite, which is one of the hardest known natural materials. Porcelain is also beautiful because the color goes all the way through the tile -- it is not baked on like on ceramic tiles. It comes in hundreds of styles and colors.

Another new thing tile manufacturers are doing today is using natural stone in interesting mosaic borders that are already put together at the factory. This makes it easy to add an individual and creative flair to flooring applications.

Carpet has been around for a long time, but new technology has made it more durable, stain resistant and beautiful than ever. There are new colors, textures, materials and piles. Hardwood has been around forever also, but is easier to install today with the new prefinished types of woods. Hardwood is easy to clean and provides an allergy-free environment. Vinyl manufacturers are taking advantage of the new technology as well to create floors that look like natural materials. It is economical, easy to install and great for high traffic areas.

Take these four types of floor -- tile, carpet, hardwood and vinyl -- and use them in any combination to make an interesting and distinct design for a home. Besides these four types of flooring elements, there is a material for floors made of 100 percent natural cork. Another popular trend today is using concrete as a flooring option. Concrete can be stained to give it a natural appearance and adding scored lines can simulate stone and inlaid designs. An inexpensive way to change existing flooring that is popular today is hand painting and stenciling for a unique look. Your choices are only limited by your imagination.

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Resources

  • Brazilian teak pre-finished hardwood flooring and HuskyCoat hardwood flooring from Lumber Liquidators Inc.