Hard-surface flooring encompasses any flooring material that is not carpet.
Some of those materials are resilient — that is, they possess the capacity to recover or "spring back" from compression to differing degrees.
Types of Hard Flooring
- Ceramic Tile
A soft floor covering is produced as a roll or as flexible tiles, its flexibility separating it from hard floors such as stone or ceramic tile.
Soft flooring is a preferred option for many people because of its comfort and wide range of colors and textures.
Types of Soft Flooring
- Soft Plastic
Residential flooring tends to be warm and inviting while reflecting a more personal taste as a homeowner.
New flooring is an excellent way to update your home's style and improve its resale value.
When searching for suitable residential floors for your home, consider the following factors to find the right material for your needs:
A decision about residential flooring options ordinarily falls under the carpet, wood, vinyl, and tile flooring. With carpet, you have various options in texture and weave. With wood, you have visual warmth with the appeal of a higher-end feel. Vinyl flooring offers lower cost while still providing a highly durable material with multiple design options. Tile gives you a strong material that can stand up to almost anything and generally works best in areas that are likely to get wet.
As all parents can attest, a home with kids and pets requires much different flooring than an empty nest. While light-colored carpets are elegant in any home, it's not practical when there's a high risk of spills and messes. When choosing residential flooring, always consider the type of cleaning responsibilities you have. Usually, solid flooring options like laminate, vinyl, and hardwood are more convenient for regular cleaning.
When replacing the flooring in your home, you may decide you want different types of flooring for different rooms. Carpet and hardwood tend to be the flooring of choice for the bedrooms. At the same time, bathrooms and other areas that are likely to get wet often use tile, vinyl, or laminate flooring.
Commercial grade floors differ from residential flooring on three main factors; strength and durability, cleaning and maintenance, and any special requirements that are specific to the business.
When determining the commercial flooring types to use in a space, consider the following factors that are unique to this application:
Commercial spaces typically carry much more weight than the average home flooring due to frequent foot traffic. Additionally, commercial flooring tends to have heavier objects, such as business equipment and office furniture. Therefore, the flooring designed for a commercial space is meant to be strong enough to endure this long-term wear-and-tear.
Commercial flooring also needs to withstand frequent cleanings, often with harsh industrial products, especially in restaurants, food service, or healthcare industries. Some types of flooring, such as wood or tile, won't hold up as well after years of daily scrubbings. Commercial-grade synthetic flooring can be cleaned repeatedly without wearing out or becoming damaged.
Commercial spaces also have unique considerations that commercial flooring can address. Many commercial spaces require sound-proofing, which specialized rubber or synthetic commercial flooring can provide. Additionally, commercial flooring is resistant to moisture, preventing rotting and bubbling in the flooring.