Laminate flooring is almost always cheaper than the counterparts it imitates. Real wood, stone and tile are not only usually more expensive materials but are almost always considerably more expensive to install. So if you want the look and feel of wood, stone or tile (or at least an approximation), but cannot afford the price tag, laminate flooring might be the way to go. Laminate wood and stone floors are also more durable and made for high traffic areas.
Laminate flooring can be made to look like any other material you might use on a floor. The cost per square foot will vary widely depending on manufacturer, pattern, colors, etc., so your best bet is to get some samples and see which one works best for your room.
- Wood: This is the most common pattern seen in laminates. It can be made to look like any kind of wood without having to cut down a tree. With its durability ensuring that it won’t be seeing a landfill any time soon, this is a very eco-friendly way to get the natural look.
- Stone: Laminate flooring can be made to look like stone. Some are basic shapes while others are interlocking irregular patterns that have a more natural look.
- Tile: With a little texturing, laminates can look and feel like real tile.
Laminates come in only two types: tiles and planks. Tiles are either patterned or solid and glue into place with interlocking edges. No nails are needed. Planks are rectangular in shape and lock into place without glue or nails.
There are four styles to laminates:
- Distressed Wood: This is an intentionally imperfect appearance to give wood laminates a more authentic look.
- Hand Scraped Wood: This is a technique that makes a distressed wood style look older and more rustic.
- Embossed: Embossing a laminate floor means giving it a texture to more accurately portray the desired material. Wood laminates will have the feel of grain while tiles and stones will have their own raised areas.
- Stone: Laminate stone floors can look like any kind of stone and can mimic the textures to a great degree. They can also have a polished, smooth finish for an air of luxury.
Vinyl and Linoleum Flooring
If you’re on a tight budget, vinyl and linoleum can save you tons in both material and labor costs. Like laminate, they can imitate wood, stone or tile, and when purchased in squares, can be easy enough to install that you might not need a contractor.
Vinyl and linoleum are often confused with each other. Linoleum, however, has been around since 1860 and is made of solidified linseed oil. Vinyl was invented in 1926 while developers were testing new ways to create and use PVC. The biggest difference between the two is that with vinyl the patterns are printed on the surface while with linoleum they go all the way through the material. While this makes linoleum more durable in looks, vinyl is still significantly easier to install.
Vinyl and linoleum are available in many different looks and textures. They are also available in three different styles:
- Sheet: Sheet vinyl is not as common as sheet linoleum. Sheet flooring requires a bit of knowledge of where and how to make the cuts. This is most popularly used in standard-shaped, larger rooms.
- Tile: Vinyl tiles are more often seen than linoleum tiles. They are easy to install and easy to cut.
- Plank: This style imitates wooden planks. Higher end planks are almost indistinguishable from the real thing
Not quite as thrifty an option as linoleum, carpeting still can serve just about any budget. To determine a price, you’ll need to consider room size, pile of carpet and labor. The pile of the carpet refers to the thickness or density of fibers used to weave the carpet. Natural products usually cost more than synthetics because natural fibers can’t be mass-produced as easily. Installation costs vary. Some carpet stores offer free installation, but know that you’re paying for the labor in the price of your carpet.
Carpet is made up of fibers, either natural or synthetic, woven into different piles: short, long, or a mixture of the two. Some fibers are woven while others are straight. Some are looped, forming a comfortable, almost spongy sensation, while others are cut for a plush feel. Fiber types include:
- Wool, very durable but also the most expensive option
- Nylon, durable as wool, but stain resistant and less expensive
- Polyester, very soft, not as durable as nylon but cheaper
- Olefin, good for low-pile commercial, indoor/outdoor, and heavy traffic areas
- Acrylic, resists moisture and mildew, not very durable, often found in bathroom mats,
Though carpet is most often quoted by the square foot, it is sold by the square yard. One square yard equals 9 square feet.
There are four basic carpet types. The cost of each can vary widely depending on colors, patterns, and manufacturer, so the best way to figure out your cost is to shop around, even looking at remnants, leftover pieces of carpet from larger jobs.
- Pattern Carpet: Uses varying blends of cut fibers and looped fibers to create subtle patterns in solid toned carpet.
- Shag: Has a very thick, high pile, and colors can be uniform or blends of complementary colors.
- Plush: Dense, cut-pile carpeting with the appearance of a perfectly manicured lawn.
- Frieze: Less thick than shag, frieze is very soft thanks to its twisted fibers.
The options for tile are staggering: ceramic, stone, marble, porcelain, artist sculpted, and mass produced, to name a few. Be aware that when you price tile, a small per-unit cost can translate into a huge difference by the time you’re done with the project. Installation is fairly involved and can be more expensive than the material costs.
Tiles are available in almost every sort of material imaginable. Here are the most common materials:
The variety of tile options is endless. Colors and styles make for an endless realm of possibilities. Glossy or matte, even squares or staggered shapes, light or dark, plain or elaborate, smooth or textured, there are so many options that you might find yourself taking home several samples and coming up with plenty of your own ideas.
Refinishing floors takes time, patience, and the proper tools and techniques, but the results can be extraordinary. If your floor is starting to look a little worn perhaps all you need to do is have us refinish it so the floor can that shiny look again.
Sanding and refinishing is an intricate process which requires years of experience. Supreme Wood Floor will help preserve the beauty of your hardwood floors for years. All finishes we use are environmentally safe. The process varies upon the customer’s choice in finish.
We offer finishes from oil based polyurethane, water based polyurethane, stains, bleach, white wash and many more. Once your floors have been refinished Supreme Wood Floor will provide you with simple and easy steps to keep your hardwood floor looking new.
Whether it is a huge calamity like a flood or a small inconvenience like a pipe burst, the part of the house that gets damaged first and most is the floor. Also, it’s the repair of the floor that takes the most time and effort and creates the largest inconvenience.
So how do you manage a situation like that? Well, there are always options. You could restore the floor by yourself or entrust the job to the professionals at Supreme Wood Floor.
Refinishing your hardwood floors is no longer the inconvenient, messy process it used to be thanks to our DCS (Dust Containment Systems). You can also use this as an opportunity to make additions, color changes, or long overdue repairs.
Supreme Wood Floor invariably has a superior knowledge of the most effective ways to repair an old or damaged floor, whether it is made of wood, concrete, marble or granite. Floor restoration involves many factors like decontamination, dehumidification, and many more. Our refinish experience and skilled professionalism will bring the former glory back to your floors.