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Types of Wood Floors:
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
For a number of reasons, engineered hardwood flooring is the perfect option for many homeowners and businesses. First, engineered hardwood uses less of the premium hardwood making it more eco-friendly than most solid hard wood. Secondly, engineered hard wood flooring can be used in a floating floor installation over concrete, but can also be used in a glue down floor installation. The installation flexibility of these floors also adds an element of dimensional stability that makes engineered wood floors a perfect choice for heavily trafficked areas, or just about anywhere in your home or office.
Laminate flooring practically took over the flooring scene in the nineties and quickly became the alternative consumers were searching for. Laminate floors allowed consumers the option of having a wood floor without the maintenance usually associated with hardwood flooring (but even that's now changed, as wood floors are easier to maintain than ever). And because laminate floors are "floating floors" (not attached to the subfloor), laminate flooring could also be installed in some places hardwood couldn't. Today, laminate floors are also known as "click laminate floors" and are installed by simply snapping two planks together, requiring no glue whatsoever. In fact, laminate was the first to offer a click locking system. Laminates literally changed the way we thought about flooring, and since they've become one of the most popular types of flooring in the world. We also happen to sell more of it than just about anyone, and that's why you'll get lots of information on laminate flooring at LIFESTYLE FLOORS.
Regular Bamboo Flooring
In recent years, the popularity of solid bamboo floors has literally exploded. Today, you’ll find more solid bamboo flooring and engineered bamboo flooring in homes and offices around the globe than ever before. It’s because bamboo offers today’s consumer contemporary styling, functionality and value in one eco-friendly package, as bamboo floors are one of the most green floor options in the world. Many you’ll find in LIFESTYLE FLOOR’s enormous selection are FSC certified, meaning that they are certified to be sold as a green flooring product. Today you’ll find a vast array of these floors in a variety of styles such as solid natural bamboo, stained bamboo, hand scraped bamboo and engineered bamboo. And when you purchase yours at LIFESTYLE FLOORS, you can rest assured you received the lowest price on bamboo flooring.
Strand Bamboo Flooring
With the popularity of solid bamboo floors it was only a matter of time until the next generation of bamboo flooring was developed and the result is known as stranded bamboo floors. The bamboo material is first shredded and then under extraordinarily high pressure fused together creating a floor that rivels even the hardest of hardwood floors. Strand bamboo offers a unique aesthetic combined with a toughness that can be used even in commercial settings. The new addition of innovative engineering methods, hand scraping strand bamboo floors and staining strand bamboo have created more options than ever.
Cork flooring is one of the most environmentally friendly floors in the world. Cork trees are grown for centuries and only the bark is harvested every 8-10 years which is used to make cork stoppers for wine. The by-product from the cork stoppers is then recycled and made into world class cork flooring. This comfortable, eco-friendly flooring is now tougher than ever and more affordable than ever making it a perfect choice for active homes. The newest cork floors now offer beveled edge planks which offer a totally new look in cork floors.
Today's vinyl flooring has come a very long way and is nothing like what you remember from your grandmother's kitchen. In fact, many of today's vinyl floors are glue-less (no glue vinyl) and designed to be loose-laid over just about any subfloor. The newer vinyl floors now come in planks (rather than sheets) and some even simulate the look of real hardwood. The more advanced vinyl floors you'll find here snap together with an easy, click locking system, making installation a simple process for even the most inexperienced novice. The vinyl floor of today offers excellent durability, is very easy to install, maintain, and when you purchase it at LIFESTYLE FLOORS, you'll get much information vinyl flooring planks, every day of the week.
If flooring were a house, its foundation would be the underlayment. A flooring will only perform as well as the underlayment it's installed over, so it's important to take a few extra minutes to determine which is the right flooring underlayment for you. Sometimes you just need to get the job done inexpensively, but if this is a flooring you plan on living with for a while, it's important to understand the way an underlayment will affect your flooring's feel, performance and overall lifespan. Some are foam underlayments, while others are cork underlayments that act as great insulators and acoustical barriers. Flooring is an investment, whether it's simply to increase a home's value or increase your enjoyment of the space where you spend all of your time. Whatever your motivations or needs, LIFESTYLE FLOORS has the right floor underlayment for you.