Carpet, Hardwood, and Laminate Textures and Styles
There are several different flooring styles and textures. Each has its own distinct look and each, if used properly, can achieve beautiful results. We suggest that you get an overview by reading about some of the styles listed below.
The most common style of carpet is a Cut Pile. This is what most consider "normal carpet". It's the type of carpet that shows the vacuum lines after it's been vacuumed, and footprints when you walk on it. In addition, some styles of cut pile are available in a trackless, which reduces the vacuum marks and footprints.
Another style that has become extremely popular over the last few years is the Sculptured style. It is also been referred to as the "Trackless" or "No Foot Print" style, because it is twisted differently than a Cut Pile style. With this different twist, it gives a textured and in some cases, almost two-toned, appearance.
BerberBerber Looped carpet, more commonly referred to as Berber carpet, has also gained popularity over the years. This carpet style offers excellent durability, while lending its own distinct character to any room. There are many differences in the Berber style. Some are level loop Berbers, where all of the loops are the same height. Another variation is the Multilevel Loop Berber, where the loops may be different sizes as well as different heights. There are many choices with Berbers - they come in a huge variety of patterns and colors, including Multicolored styles.
A Frieze style is another popular style. This style is something like the Sculptured style except that the texturing or twist is much heavier with the Frieze than the sculptured style. A good quality Frieze styled carpet can be one of the most durable styles you can buy.
Carpet Tiles are squares of carpet that are easy to install. Most tiles can be installed by the homeowner. No tack strip, no kicking ,and no stretching is required. Some carpet tiles come with a peel and stick system that makes installation quick and easy! As a bonus, if a tile becomes damaged, you can easily remove and replace the damaged tile with a new one without removing everything from your room. Since some carpet tiles are patterned, it's best to order a free sample to determine if the pattern is correct for your application.
Laminate flooring is a cheaper alternative to wood flooring. Laminate is similar to your mica countertop only much stronger. The surface is actually a plastic type composition applied to the core using heat and pressure, the core is usually made of high density fiber or particle board, and the backing can be a paper or another layer of laminate. Laminate flooring requires a pad prior to installation, for soundproofing and to provide a moisture barrier.
Hardwood floors add a beautiful and natural touch. They also add value to your home and are highly praised in the resale home market. Today's hardwood floors have made advances in style, durability, maintenance and care, making them more widely usable throughout the home (with the exception of the bathroom where its use is not recommended due to potential moisture problems). With simple sweeping or vacuuming and occasional spot cleaning, wood floors will last a lifetime. There are hundreds of choices in style and color with today's options even spanning into exotic hardwoods. Most wood floors are available in several grades in a wide range of prices.
There are two constructions of wood commonly sold. "Solid" wood is milled from one piece of wood. "Engineered" wood consists of three or more layers in a cross-ply construction. Solid wood construction is generally used when installing over a wood subfloor where the hardwood will be nailed to the subfloor. Engineered wood construction is generally used when the floor is installed in basements or over slab concrete where the hardwood floor needs to adhere to the subfloor. Woods styles come in strips, planks, or parquet tiles with numerous edge treatments such as square, micro, and beveled edges. You can choose from a wide range of stains to complement your décor and from two types of finishes: urethane or wax. Both can be enjoyed as soon as the floor is installed.