Timeless and resilient, hardwood flooring remains a popular option among homeowners today. Professionally installed Atlanta hardwood flooring can add value to your home in addition to a classic look, versatility, and durability. Popular species for hardwood floors include Birch, Cherry, Douglas Fir, Mahogany, Ash, Oak, Walnut, Maple, and Hickory. Because each type of wood offers a unique appearance and level of strength, you can choose one that meets your specific style and needs. One of the biggest benefits of hardwood flooring is the option to refinish the floor periodically to refresh or update the existing boards. We’re able to professionally install any hardwood floors Atlanta can offer as well as any other brands or styles available on the market.
Engineered wood offers the same classic look and feel of the solid hardwood flooring Atlanta homeowners may desire with a higher resistance to moisture. This product is made up of a plywood base and hardwood veneer on top. Engineered wood is perfect for areas like basements and for homes in humid climates where typical hardwood flooring could suffer moisture damage. The downsides of engineered wood flooring when compared to true hardwood are a shorter lifespan and limited refinishing chances. Typical engineered wood flooring can be refinished a maximum of two times over its lifespan due to the thinner hardwood top layer.
While cork flooring is made from cork trees, this flooring option doesn’t quite fall into the hardwood category due to the nature of cork’s texture and the production method. Most cork flooring uses a cork base with a durable protective layer or sealant on top. Cork’s appeal for many homeowners is its status as a highly sustainable material. Cork flooring is made with bark from the cork tree, which can be harvested from the same tree every few years without harming the tree itself.
Contrary to cork flooring, bamboo flooring is made from a highly durable grass rather than a tree. Bamboo has become a popular flooring option because of its strength and sustainability. New methods to produce bamboo flooring have created a new, stronger type of product than traditional horizontal bamboo, called strand woven bamboo. While bamboo flooring is strong and resistant to breaks and splits, the surface can become easily dented and scratched over time.
An affordable alternative to traditional hardwood flooring, laminate flooring provides a similar look with low-maintenance upkeep and easy installation. This product is often sold as planks utilizing a click-lock floating floor system that installs easily, much like engineered wood flooring. The main difference between laminate and engineered wood is that, while engineered wood includes a hardwood layer on top of a base substrate layer, laminate planks feature a photographic layer topped with a plastic coating as the wear layer over the composite base layer. With proper professional installation of laminate flooring, Atlanta homeowners may enjoy the impeccable look of hardwood without the price tag.
One of the most versatile flooring options, tile is available in a multitude of materials, shades, patterns, and finishes to fit every style and budget.
Due to its affordability, simple maintenance, and variety of available designs, ceramic tile is one of the most popular types of tile available. This also means there is a nearly endless variety of ceramic tile flooring Atlanta homeowners can choose from when selecting materials for a new floor. Unglazed ceramic tile must be sealed to protect against damage while glazed ceramic tiles are more damage and water-resistant. All ceramic and stone tile must be installed using grout to lay the tile in place and seal the areas in between each one.
While sold and described as a separate material, porcelain tile is actually a type pf ceramic tile. Porcelain is created in a similar way to ceramic but is often made up of different materials and fired at higher temperatures to create a highly durable product with an extremely low absorption rate, making it perfect for use in areas like bathrooms and kitchens.
Natural stone is one of the oldest building materials available to us and has recently experienced an uptick in popularity as a beautiful flooring option. Popular stones for residential and commercial buildings include marble, granite, travertine, slate, quartz, quartzite, limestone, onyx, and sandstone. Each stone has a unique level of strength, with softer stone requiring more frequent sealing to maintain its durable, stain-resistant coating.
Luxury Vinyl Tile
One of the fastest growing markets in the industry, Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is a more durable version of classic sheet vinyl flooring and is available in a wide range of styles designed to mimic more high-end materials. Much like laminate flooring, LVT is made up of several layers, although instead of composite wood underneath, LVT utilizes highly flexible and resilient vinyl. Many types of LVT include a protective wear layer over a printed photographic layer which can be made to look like natural stone tile, wood planks, or various other materials.
When comfort is key, carpet makes an excellent flooring option for most indoor applications. Carpet is available in an endless array of materials and designs, although wool is considered to be one of the best materials on the market. Because of the higher price of wool carpeting however, Nylon is a more popular choice for most homeowners. Carpet requires less frequent cleaning than smooth floors but can be easily stained depending on the material used and how the carpet is cleaned. In addition to material and upkeep, the key to a long-lasting carpet is the method of carpet installation Atlanta homeowners choose. A professionally installed carpet will maintain proper tension without experiencing the loosening and gaps found in poorly installed carpeting.
Linoleum & Vinyl
While both vinyl and linoleum are resilient and affordable Atlanta flooring options commonly sold in sheets, these materials are made very differently and are also available in tile forms.
Linoleum is an eco-friendly option made using a composite of linseed oil and other natural materials. When properly cared for, linoleum can last for many years as the material is very resilient and the printed design runs through the entire product rather than just on the surface.
Vinyl is a synthetic material usually sold in sheets and made with polyvinyl chloride and a soft backing usually made of felt, fiberglass, or foam. Vinyl flooring is extremely durable, non-porous, affordable, and comfortable to walk on but can be gouged by sharp objects due to the material’s soft texture. Vinyl flooring designs are printed onto a single layer rather than running through the product as in the case of linoleum.