Almost all carpet (97%) is made from synthetic fibers. Synthetic fibers are more resistant to stains and much less expensive. However, natural fibers tend to resist crushing from traffic.
Major carpet producers such as DuPont, Solutia, Interface, and Allied Signal have brand names for their carpets. These brands are generally made from one or more of 6 types of fiber:
Solid hardwood flooring is just that; a solid plank of hardwood milled into a piece of flooring, usually with a tongue and groove on the edges and ends, so that the pieces fit together on all sides. While it comes in a variety of thicknesses, ¾ inch is the most common produced in the U.S. and is usually nailed to a wooden subfloor. Thinner profiles, such as 5/16 inch, can be glued directly on to a surface such as concrete.
Laminate floors were in use in Europe long before they made their way into mainstream interior design in the States. Consumers can be glad they’re here. They offer exceptional durability and stain resistance and are easy to maintain. And these days, designers say, they even look like wood! "When laminate first came out, it only came in three shades -- maple, natural, or cherry -- and the cherry could be really pink," says Jamila Wilson,
LUXURY VINYL PLANKS AND VINYL
If the thought of vinyl flooring brings to mind hospitals, grocery stores and school hallways, it may surprise you to know vinyl floor sales are second only to carpet sales in the United States. That's because vinyl flooring is inexpensive, durable and comes in an array of designs that can improve the look of just about any room of your home. Need more vinyl floor information, explore this section and discover the ways that vinyl flooring can enhance your home.