There is a flooring type available for every lifestyle. All you, the homeowner, need to do is select one from the varieties described below:
- Hardwood: Hardwood continues to be most popular among homeowners because of its durability and natural feel. Types include the more traditional oak and cherry and imported Brazilian cherry and Tasmanian oak. Style choices include plank, parquet and prefinished board.
- Laminate: Laminate flooring is easier to install and much less expensive than solid-wood hardwood floors. Laminate is composed of different wood-based materials that are pressed together then topped by a wood-grain image. A similar product is engineered wood, which features a real hardwood veneer on top instead. It’s more expensive than laminate, but gives more of the feel of real wood.
- Bamboo: Made from a lightweight woody grass, bamboo has the tensile strength of steel. This results in a highly durable floor that resists swelling and contraction. Like standard solid-wood flooring, bamboo is pre-finished and engineered with tongue-and-groove joints. Unlike old-growth hardwood, bamboo reaches maturity is just three to five years.
- Cork: Another green flooring alternative, cork’s honeycomb-like structure gives it a cushiony feel. Cork also absorbs sound and vibrations, and bounces back if dented. Cork’s nonslip surface is great in wet areas such as kitchens or bathrooms.
- Linoleum: Another eco-friendly material, linoleum is made from all-natural materials and so doesn’t deplete forests. Linoleum is often used for hospital floors, because its bactericidal properties stop microorganisms from multiplying. It’s also anti-static and water-, ding- or scratch-resistant.
- Tile: Among the choices are porcelain, terra cotta and natural stone, such as marble, granite, travertine or slate. Porcelain is the least expensive, but blends the beauty and hardness of stone and is easier to maintain than marble, which is porous and must be occasionally be resealed. It can handle heavy traffic and is available in a range of hues, textures and finishes.
- Vinyl: Among the least-expensive flooring options, vinyl is especially useful for rooms prone to moisture problems, such as basements, bathrooms and kitchens. It’s softer underfoot than tile, and is easy to clean. It’s available in a variety of widths and thicknesses, and the thicker it is, the more traffic it can handle.
- Concrete: With the range of sealers and specialty stains on the market, concrete can be stamped and stained to resemble polished marble, tumbled stones, brick pavers or anything. There’s not a more durable or lower-maintenance flooring. Also concrete is the perfect flooring for radiant heat.
Make The Smart Call
After deciding which kind of flooring you want, contact Central Maine-based LMH Construction, which offers its customers 25 years of experience in home construction and general contracting. We frequently get calls from new customers referred by previously satisfied clients. We will use our experience and our contacts to get you the best price for your remodel using high-quality materials and techniques.
Our Exacting Standards
We promise to do the following for our customers:
- A detailed estimate and timetable for your flooring;
- Timely answers to your questions throughout the project;
- Creative design and attention to detail and craftsmanship;
- The right materials for the job;
- Dependable, courteous workers who respect your home;
- Project completion within budget and on time.
Taking The Next Step
If you want to know how to make your new flooring a reality, contact us at (207) 808-0564. We will walk through your home, looking for any unexpected complications, and listen to your ideas for your floors.
After that first meeting, we will give you a complete proposal, including a step-by-step plan and an estimate of cost and time to complete your project. In other words, everything you need to decide when to start creating a better, more comfortable floor underfoot.