Guide to Selecting Floors

Which flooring is right for you? Hardwood, laminate, tile, vinyl or eco-friendly choices like cork or bamboo? We have expert advice to help you choose.

  • Exotic woods, such as Brazilian cherry, are increasing in popularity.
  • Laminate floors can stand up to moisture, making them a great choice for kitchens.
  • Bamboo floors offer the look of hardwood to environmentally minded consumers.
  • Cork flooring is created by removing only the bark, leaving the remainder of the tree unharmed. This process makes cork a renewable resource, and the tree will simply regrow the bark that was removed.
  • One of today's hottest flooring choices is surprisingly not a new material, linoleum has been around for more than 100 years.
  • Tile is another dependable choice for flooring. Glazed tile is extremely durable, fire-resistant, water-resistant, stain-resistant and, when properly maintained, will look great for decades.
  • Vinyl is very easy to maintain; sweeping and an occasional mopping are all the cleaning required.
  • This concrete floor has been stamped and finished to resemble marble tiles. © 2010 Scripps Networks, L.L.C. All rights reserved
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