New flooring is one of the most dramatic ways to change both the look and mood of any room in the home. But with more flooring options than ever, choosing the right one can be overwhelming.

Many people love the look of hardwood, but they assume it is unattainable because of the price. Thanks to new technology, engineered hardwood flooring is now an affordable option for homeowners ready to remodel. No matter what your plans are for the future of your home, hardwood floors can adapt and evolve with your style and design choices.  They are not a passing fad that will be cringe-worthy in a decade.

Another option is to achieve the look, graining, and character of real hardwood with luxury vinyl tile flooring. Today’s state-of-the-art  manufacturing processes are creating amazing vinyl “wood” planks and textured “stone” tiles that rival the real thing. . Luxury vinyl tile couldn’t be more different than traditional vinyl flooring, not only in how it’s manufactured, but in the total aesthetic and applications.   There are four distinct layers fused together to produce the final product: a resilient vinyl backing, a vinyl color layer, a photographic film layer, and a urethane or aluminum oxide top layer.

LVT/LVP products are beautiful. Some like Armstrong’s Alterna product can even be grouted. The looks range from distressed, specialty or traditional woods, stones, naturals and overall patterns. The multiple layers provide resistance to scratches, scuffs, rips, tears and gouges. Comfort, beauty and performance with the look of ceramic tile or hardwood floor!

John Lacik

Floor Coverings International

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