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A Guide To Modern Flooring Options

There has been a shift in thinking over the last several years when it comes to flooring. Carpeting, hardwood, and linoleum have all been around for decades, and are the classic favorites. New buyers and home remodelers are looking for more though. The market has responded and grown tremendously, and there are a wide variety of options available today. This overview looks at new flooring options, including the pros and cons to each of the materials.

Bamboo - Bamboo is one of the hottest trends in new construction and home remodeling right now. Though it has long been used for decorative purposes, manufacturers have shown that it is a durable, long-lasting material that can stand up to even many hardwoods. It's actually not wood, though; bamboo is a fast-growing grass. A new process weaves the bamboo fibers tightly, resulting in a stronger floorboard that is even harder than most hardwoods. Like wood flooring, it should not be used in high-moisture rooms such as the kitchen or bathroom.

Concrete - As trendy young homebuyers are looking for a way to pair their urban desires with their suburban realities, concrete is taking off as a popular flooring option. It's trendy and tough, and comes in many different looks. Old buildings that are converted to residential space have long capitalized on existing concrete floors, but this material is appearing in new construction, too. As far as cons go, homeowners should consider that it is an extremely hard surface and is probably not a frontrunner in terms of comfort. It's likely that parts of the floor will be covered with area rugs and cushions to offer some padding in high-traffic areas.

Cork - Known for its responsive feel, cork is very comfortable under bare feet and gives a slight cushioning that neither hardwoods nor tiles can offer. It is also known for its acoustic performance and is a favorite among serious musicians and music fans. It comes in a variety of colors and finishes so can work with nearly any color palette or aesthetic style. Like bamboo and hardwoods, it is not recommended for bathrooms or kitchen due to high moisture levels, and it is also prone to sun damage when exposed to excessive sunlight.

Oversized Tiles - Until recently, tiles were plain and predictable for the most part. That's changing, with new oversized options that are as big as 3 feet by 3 feet in size. These new sizes, in addition to the many colors and materials that are appearing in stores, mean that homeowners are considering tiles for rooms beyond the kitchen or bath. They're appearing in every room of the house and even in outdoor spaces like screened-in porches. From a practical standpoint, the larger size means less grout lines to keep clean. Homeowners should know that the larger tiles are much more difficult to handle than their smaller counterparts and will need to be installed by a professional.

Are you remodeling your home and looking for flooring? Portland residents can find the construction supplies and professionals they need at http://www.flooringamericaoregoncity.com.

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