Flooring covers a substantial amount of square footage in any given project, so it goes without saying that it has substantial impact on the end result. Consider the desired level of comfort, durability, longevity, maintenance and cost when making your selection. Wood flooring, laminate flooring, masonry flooring, vinyl and resilient flooring offer long-lasting solutions, carpeting is a soft alternative, and area rugs provide a less permanent option with a transformative capacity. Don't be afraid to mix and match.
Small or large, area rugs provide an impermanent means of introducing color, pattern and texture into a project: from hand-knotted rugs in traditional Oriental and Persian designs to wool/silk blend floral print rugs produced with high-tech machinery.
Likely the most comfortable flooring (and the best insulator too), carpeting is widely used everywhere from hotels and homes to educational institutions and commercial settings. Modular carpeting (carpet tiles) allows for more customization and ease of installation than traditional broadloom.
Natural, beautiful, and easy to clean, wood flooring comes in many shapes, sizes, and species. Newly milled or reclaimed, local or exotic, wood floors vary in color from dark browns to rich reds, pale golds to weathered greys. With options like strip, plank, and parquet formats, as well as solid, antique, or engineered wood, wood flooring offers something for everyone - for commercial or residential spaces, in traditional, transitional, or contemporary styles.
Laminate flooring offers a less expensive alternative to the real thing, often mimicking wood (or stone) flooring in appearance. Multiple layers of synthetic flooring are fused together with a lamination process and topped with a photographic applique image under a clear protective layer. The inner core is generally comprised of melamine resin and fiber board compound.
Known for its exceptional strength and raw aesthetic, masonry flooring is made from rugged stone and clay in its authentic versions of marble and slate, or in the manmade flooring of brick or terrazzo. Masonry flooring boasts a higher price point, but its heat retaining and pure aesthetic properties allow this tough flooring to maintain popularity.
Stain-resistance and durability, vinyl and resilient flooring are available at a variety of price points ranging from affordable to luxurious. The most widely known resilient flooring is made using linoleum, cork, rubber, and of course, vinyl - and each option is a natural shock-absorbing floor that can be made even more comfortable with a subfloor placed underneath.