Flooring Trends

  • Which Is The Best Kitchen Flooring?

    Posted on January 23, 2013 by iFLOOR

    This might be one of the most asked questions we receive. Kitchen flooring receives more foot traffic, more spills, and is generally cleaned more often. It used to be a foregone conclusion to install linoleum, vinyl, laminate, or ceramic tile, but that's no longer the case.

    The world has changed its thinking and you'll see a more diverse selection of kitchen floors than has ever been the case. Green floors like bamboo and cork are becoming extremely popular and the design possibilities are now limitless.

    Can I install hardwood in the kitchen?

    You certainly can, just be careful about leaving spills for long periods of time. Engineered wood flooring absorbs less moisture and can be an ideal choice for kitchens. Those worried about dishwashers overflowing or pipes bursting shouldn't be too concerned about the damage to the floor. When events like these happen, a homeowner's claim is the best course of action and it's likely there will be more damage than just the floor.

    Can I install bamboo in the kitchen?

    You certainly can. In fact, bamboo is less absorbent than wood and harder than Red Oak. An ideal choice for kitchens is strand woven bamboo, a floor that's made from shredded bamboo and re-bonded using intense heat and resins. Many of these floors are even commercially rated and very, very tough.

    Solid strand woven bamboo that's been carbonized to this beautiful range of caramels.

    Can I Install cork in the kitchen?

    You certainly can. The nice thing about cork is how it feels, especially after hours spent slaving over a hot meal and standing over a seemingly endless pile of dishes. Cork flooring is naturally resistant to mold and mildew, only requires light sweeping and is very comfortable. It feels warmer than other hard surface floors while also compressing slightly under your weight. It absorbs shock and springs back into place when you move on. This is great for when heavy objects like dishes (which are less likely to break) slip out of our hands.

    Like computers, phones, and televisions, flooring is evolving and making tremendous strides in both quality and value. Manufacturers are becoming more efficient and more scientific about how flooring is engineered. More thought than ever before goes into long term durability, ease of maintenance and ease to install.

    If you're looking for a new kitchen floor, don't settle for what used to be considered the norm. There's a new norm, and there are a lot more options than the old one.

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  • Keepin' It Real Warm With Cork Flooring

    Posted on December 14, 2012 by iFLOOR

    Cork floors have a lot of exciting benefits. They are good for the environment, easy to clean, quiet, and they look great. In many ways, cork flooring is perfect flooring, but the best part is how it feels.
    Cork is full of tiny cells that trap air and gives it insulating properties. It helps keep warm air from escaping and feels warmer than other types of hard surface floors. This is why cork is a great choice for bedrooms where a common complaint is having to roll out of bed and feel the cold floor. Many people will just put a rug down, but with cork, you don't have to. The floor will feel just like the bed you rolled out of.
    Several of us living in colder areas of the country are always trying to find ways to keep our homes warmer. What a lot of people don't realize is how much heat is lost through the floor. For example, an open crawlspace under main living areas can make it very hard to efficiently heat a room. When you install cork flooring and cork underlayment in one of those rooms, you're adding valuable insulation that keeps the warm air in and the cold air out.
    Cork floors aren't just for bedrooms. They are great for the main living areas, kitchens, play rooms, theater rooms (great for acoustics) and just about anywhere. Cork floors are stylish, easy to maintain and comfortable. If you're in the market for new flooring and thinking about ways to stay warmer in the winter months, take a look at the different types of cork flooring now being offered.

    This post was posted in Cork Flooring, Flooring Trends and was tagged with cork flooring, Cork floors, warm cork floors

  • The Trendy, Fashionable Looks In Laminate Flooring | iFLOOR

    Posted on August 9, 2012 by iFLOOR

    Laminate flooring continues to gain popularity. It is an affordable durable flooring options that offers you a tremendous assortment of design options to select from.

    Currently, the trend in laminate flooring features planks that are wider and longer than the first laminate flooring planks. The extra width and length makes them look more like real hardwood flooring.

    We have laminate flooring in everything from matte to high gloss finishes. A high gloss laminate floor covering is one of the most popular design choices. It adds luxury and elegance to any room.

    We have dark colored laminate flooring that is in high demand for modern and contemporary homes. If your budget doesn't allow you to have the teak floor you would like for your contemporary home, we have an exquisite alternative that will make your home quite impressive. We have a teak 12mm laminate flooring that is budget-friendly and as visually impressive as the expensive teak flooring.

    If you're goal is to create a soothing, relaxing atmosphere in a room, we have laminate in lighter tones that will help you achieve your design goal. If your color preference falls somewhere between ebony flooring and a light oak floor covering, we have a laminate to satisfy your decorating need.

    There is a current move toward gray as an alternative to the basic neutrals that have been popular for the last several years. Choosing eco-friendly products for your home also continues to be a popular trend. We can help you achieve decorating success on both realms with our Beechwood click strand woven bamboo flooring.

    It is amazing how even cheap laminate flooring can elevate the beauty of a room. It adds coziness with a touch of sophistication. Bamboo floors not only add beauty to your home, they are a way to demonstrate your concern for the environment.

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  • The Flooring Trends Of 2012 | iFLOOR

    Posted on August 1, 2012 by iFLOOR

    Every year, thousands of homeowners decide to renovate their home, whether you are a new homeowner trying to put personal touches in your new home or an existing homeowner, making the right choices are critical to the outcome of your renovation.

    Renovating your home is a big deal, there are a lot of decisions that need to be made and paying attention to detail is very important; every decision that you make will define your home: if you make the wrong choice, it will throw the balance of your room off and you it will not look quite right. The key to any renovation is balance and the key to balance is making the right choices.

    Every little detail will reflect in the finished room; one of the most important aspect to any room is the flooring; beautiful hardwood flooring can give your room an air of elegance, and be warm and inviting at the same time. When you

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