Carpet is a beautiful home furnishing that can add elegance, comfort, and fashion to any setting. Extremely versatile, carpet is available in an extraordinary selection of styles, patterns, and colors. From solid, formal cut piles, or "saxonies," to natural, loop pile Berbers, carpet affords unlimited decorating flexibility.
Carpet is also a remarkably durable and practical floor covering. Technological advances in everything from fiber to backing enable carpet manufacturers to offer products suitable for virtually any residential or commercial setting - indoors or out! Moreover, carpet is an exceptional value and is generally significantly less expensive than other floor coverings.
Carpet reduces a home's noise level, eliminating or muffling distracting clatter. Carpeted rooms absorb and contain noise, offering a greater degree of privacy from room to room. Soft underfoot, carpet also provides a comfortable, non-slip walking surface that reduces leg fatigue. Importantly, a resilient layer of carpet minimizes the danger of injury from falls and accidents.
Among the many types of floor coverings available today is a category called resilient flooring. Resilient floor coverings include vinyl sheet goods, vinyl composite tile, linoleum, rubber and cork. It is desired for its wearability, durability and ease of maintenance.
Resilient flooring is soft and comfortable to walk on and comes in a variety of designs, patterns and colors. And, depending on the wear surface you choose, materials costs can be up to 70% less than other flooring materials. Resilient flooing can be installed as tiles or as a single sheet. Your FIC contractor member can advise you on the advantages of both.
Luxury vinyl tile (LVT), the flooring industry's fastest growing product category, serves both residential and commercial customers with an attractive, high-performing resilient product that appeals to nearly all end users, from property managers to main street consumers.
With realistic, authentic designs and colors that resemble wood, stone, marble, concrete and metal visuals, luxury vinyl tile provides the appearance of natural materials without the price point and maintenance. LVT may be grouted to add aspects of depth and thickness.
Available in a variety of installation methods including glue down, floating and even gravity held systems, LVT is available in both planks and tiles as well as various other shapes and sizes. Luxury vinyl tile is recommended for commercial applications such as healthcare, offices, cafeterias and dorm rooms, and is at home in residential settings such as kitchens and bathrooms.
Laminate floors have the look of hardwood or tile and the maintenance of vinyl. It would be hard to find a flooring product more versatile than laminate. In addition to a variety of colors and finishes, you can also choose between installation methods and with proper preparation, installation is possible over concrete, vinyl, tile and even some carpet.
Hardwood floors suggest warmth and richness. With proper care, hardwood rarely needs replacing, and actually increases in beauty over time. Native woods such as oak, walnut, cherry, ash, maple, pecan and pine, as well as exotic woods, are available as a self-replenishing source to provide almost endless possibilities for dramatic flooring installations.
Hardwood is installed either as unfinished or prefinished flooring. A variety of finishes makes hardwood floors easy to maintain.
Ceramic Tile has a natural, handcrafted look that's durable and easy to care for. Tiles which vary in shape, form and texture provide an extraordinarily durable floor as well as a wise investment. Inside or outside, in the home, office building, healthcare facility or industrial plant, ceramic flooring offers beauty, low maintenance and long life.
The reputation of marble has endured for thousands of years. Marble stands as a decorative natural stone flooring solution that cannot be matched aesthetically. Marble can be viewed as a hypoallergenic choice for flooring, being a dense surface upon which antigens, and particles which cause allergy symptoms to become inflamed, are less able to reside than they would in carpeting.
Overall, marble flooring is a great way to accent an interior, with the added benefits of its more practical features.