The primary reason that people opt for cork flooring is because it has a high capacity for insulating sound. Cork flooring is also very comfortable under the feet, more so than ceramic or porcelain tile and most hardwood floors. There are as many as 40 different colors available today. Cork comes in square, rectangle, and hexagon shapes. Both pattern intricacy and cork quality influence the price of cork flooring. Changes in factory finishes have made cork much more durable than it was 30 years ago, which explains its recent popularity. Keep in mind that cork is still susceptible to moisture damage and will fade in direct sunlight.
Bamboo wood flooring
Bamboo is certainly not a new flooring material, but there are many more styles and colors available than ever. Despite the fact that bamboo is a fast-growing variety of grass, when it dries, it is as hard if not harder than most hardwoods. The newest development in bamboo is strand-woven bamboo, which is twice as hard as traditional bamboo flooring. It is a highly engineered item that uses inner bamboo fibers. Bamboo is available in both classic thin band styles and modern wide plank styles that closely resemble hardwood. Bamboo flooring is not a good choice for rooms with excessive moisture, including bathrooms and kitchens.
Large-format porcelain and ceramic tile flooring
There are a wide range of new shapes, sizes, materials, and patterns available for tile floors, both ceramic and porcelain. One of the most popular options these days is the large-format tile. Traditional tiles are 12” x 12”. Large-format tiles come in square and rectangle shapes with sizes ranging from 12” x 24” to 36” x 36”. People love the virtually limitless range of aesthetics as well as the fact that with more tile surface, there are less grout lines to clean. Popular patterns for large-format tile floors include Brick Joint, Straight Joint, Diagonal and Random. It's important to keep in mind that large-format tiles are heavy. They must have a completely level substrate, and a professional must do the installation work.
These days, more homeowners are selecting patterned carpets over friezes and shags carpeting. Cut-and-loop carpet gets its name from the construction method which uses a combination of loops and cut loops. This technique allows manufacturers to create cut-and-loop carpet flooring in a range of textures and patterns from soft to vivid. The pattern has the appearance of being cut right into the carpet. Typically it features several shades from the same color family, which hides wear and tear as well as stains. Cut-and-loop is not necessarily as durable as loop pile carpet, but it is much softer.
American hardwood flooring
Are you looking for a sustainable wood flooring option? American hardwood flooring is manufactured locally, unlike cork and bamboo. Consumers can purchase hardwoods from forests that are only a few hundred miles from their homes, including hickory, oak, maple, and heart pine. North America is known for replenishing their forests, which is another important reason to consider American hardwood flooring over other types of wood flooring.
Luxury vinyl flooring
If your idea of vinyl is the old peel-and-stick variety, you have to check out the vinyl flooring that is on the market today. Luxury vinyl boasts an ideal combination of classic vinyl durability and a high end hardwood or stone aesthetic. Vinyl flooring is comfortable underfoot and withstands a high level of moisture, making it an ideal option for bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. It is also easy to install.
Gowdy Flooring is the best resource for flooring in Amarillo, TX. With extensive experience in the industry, we are well-versed in all of the latest flooring trends. Regardless of your specific flooring needs, we are here to help you. If you have any questions about our products or services or if you simply want more information, give us a call at 806-353-6226. Click here to see our Products to see and learn more about all of our flooring options. You can also stop by our showroom and offices at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas.