Custom Hardwood & Tile Flooring
Kitch-Encounters can help you with all types of flooring products: hardwoods, laminates, natural stone and ceramic or porcelain tile. We have many manufacturers from which to choose and our showroom displays a wide array of colors and materials.
Kitch-Encounters has flooring products for your kitchen, bath, and other rooms in your home. Many materials are suitable for both floors and walls. These materials work well, for example, in matching walls and flooring in your shower. The specific types of materials used this way are marble or tile.
Here are a few types of flooring materials you can choose from...
Architects and designers since the beginning of civilization have used natural stone for their most important works. In countries around the world, stone has long been the accepted choice for cathedrals, monuments, museums, houses of government and, of course, private homes.
Among the many advantages of stone is a very practical one: natural stone flooring will virtually always increase your home s resale value. Natural stone, unlike other types of flooring (but like a good wine), improves with age.
Made from clay and minerals then fired at an extremely high temperature, porcelain has a rich palette that makes it difficult at times to distinguish from natural stone. Because it s been forged in flames, porcelain is remarkably durable, lasting a lifetime while standing up to virtually every kind of usage.
Porcelain tiles are perfect for entryways or bigger spaces and can also be used outside, as they are not susceptible to clefting caused by frost damage.
Ceramic tiles have been a popular material for interior and exterior decoration for thousands of years. They come in all shapes and sizes, colors and glazes. Ceramic tiles can be plain, decorated or installed as part of a mosaic.
Ceramic tiles are a popular choice of flooring due to their aesthetic appeal, as well as their durability and easy care. Glazed ceramic tile resists stains, odors and dirt and can be cleaned with a damp mop or common household cleaners. A properly installed ceramic tile floor will outperform and outlast many other floor covering products created for the same application.
Made of laminate material; laminate flooring is designed to look like natural products. Patterns available include those that look like wood or stone, yet they are comprised mostly of synthetic materials. Usually this product is made from melamine resin or a combination of synthetic materials plus natural and recycled ingredients. This flooring is covered with an attached (laminated) decorative appliqué, including an aluminum oxide finish.
Laminate floors are fairly low-maintenance when compared to hardwood floors. Unlike natural wood, laminate floors do not require waxing, oiling or staining. It is important to keep laminate floors clean, however, as dust, dirt and sand particles may scratch the decorative surface over time - especially in high-traffic areas.
Hardwood floors originated in Europe during medieval times as a type of flooring useful for multi-story buildings. It typically consisted of two-foot wide planks of oak or elm. Later, wealthy Europeans began installing fine wood flooring. Parquet-style wood flooring became immensely popular, but its price was prohibitive to most of the middle class.
North America had more available timber, hardwood floors were offered at a much lower price and became popular there. Un-sanded, unfinished pine planks became common in homes and businesses of the Colonial era.
As a result, carpet quickly overtook hardwood flooring in the market – it was commonly installed over hardwood (considered a travesty today!). Over the years, hardwood installation techniques have been refined and innovative sealers and finishes have been introduced. The result is hardwood flooring that can last a lifetime when properly installed and cared for. These facts, combined with today s consumer s desire for an easy to clean alternative to carpet, has led to the renewed popularity of hardwood floor.
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