Laminate versus ceramic and what is engineered hardwood…well all the answers are right here.
Flooring is one of those decorating items where the more knowledge you have about the products and variety of style the easier it is to make a decision about which type of flooring is best for you home. Flooring choices can vary room by room and thanks to our good friends at Bob and Pete’s Floors, the following information will give you a head start in making your choices. Shari and I encourage you to visit their show room, or any of the hundreds of CarpetsPlus show rooms around the country. You can also visit them on that bobandpetesfloors.com
*Note: The products listed below are Mannington Products, but they represent the category of flooring types. Most flooring stores carry a variety of flooring manufactures that can meet all of your flooring needs.
About Laminate Flooring
Made from over 70% recycled content, using low-VOC inks and adhesives, Mannington laminate is the only laminate floor certified to FloorScore, ensuring good indoor air quality for your home.
Laminate offers advantages over the other flooring types – the exact ones it’s designed to resemble:
Laminate vs. Ceramic Tile
- The elegant look, without the worry
- A softer, warmer feel underfoot
- Easier maintenance and grout free installation
Laminate vs. Hardwood
- The natural look of wood without the maintenance
- Up to 5x more scratch resistance
- Demand the NALFA Certification
About Luxury Vinyl
Adura has realistic looks in a high performance floor. Adura is the next generation of luxury vinyl, and the fastest growing category in the flooring business. Why? Adura provides the look and elegance of wood, tile, or stone without the worry! Available in a
variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and installation options, Adura delivers award-winning fashion to your home.
With proprietary technology, Adura is engineered to look and feel like the real thing, easy to maintain, and is backed up by a 20 year residential/5 year light commercial warranty. And because we know you care about the impact of the products you use in your home, Adura is FloorScore certified – which means it meets strict indoor air quality guidelines – so you can choose Adura with confidence that it’s good for your home, and your family.
About Porcelain Tile
Styles and designs for the American home. Certified 100% porcelain tile* is fired at higher temperatures than regular ceramic tile, so it’s more dense, less porous, and shows better wear characteristics. Porcelain tile is 30% stronger than granite. Resists staining
Porcelain is also easy to clean, and offers superior wear resistance.
Most manufacures offer three types of Porcelain Tile:
- Glazed: A glaze is applied that completely covers the tile
- Color-Core™: Glaze is applied to the tile but the body is still an integral part of the color and shows through.
- Tru Color: The color is fired deep into the body and is the same color all the way through the tile
From an environmental responsibility standpoint:
- Tile is made of all-natural products
- Ultra-low VOCs
- Can be cleaned with water alone, no harsh chemicals required
- Meets strict indoor air quality standards
- Will not emit contaminants due to inert product construction
- Does not readily support the growth of mold, fungus or bacteria
About Resilient Flooring
Resilient flooring is the only one with Recycled Content. Resilient flooring – also known as ‘vinyl’ or ‘sheet vinyl’ – has been around for decades and is still one of the most popular types of flooring around. It’s made using a printing process known as ‘rotogravure’, which prints a pattern on the flooring substrate via an engraved cylinder. Today’s resilient flooring is manufactured much in the same way it always has been, yet the styles and technologies have evolved with the times.
And today, Mannington resilient flooring contains recycled content — in fact, we’re the ONLY manufacturer to incorporate recycled content into this product. We also pioneered the use of ultra-low VOC, water based inks (VOCs are “volatile organic compounds” which can be detrimental to indoor air quality) back in the late 1980′s, and we make all of our vinyl products right here in the U.S. (at our New Jersey headquarters location.)
About Engineered Hardwood
Elegance engineered for superior performance. Engineered Hardwood flooring is real hardwood — the word “engineered” just refers to the way in which it’s made. And there are many benefits to choosing an engineered product over a solid product.
Here are the facts:
Engineered hardwoods are made of several layers, or ‘plies’ that are glued together in a cross-grain construction. This type of construction is far stronger than a single piece of solid wood; and it’s also more structurally sound – it won’t buckle, gap, cup or twist.
Engineered hardwoods can be installed below grade and direct to concrete – solid wood floors can not. The top face is crafted from the finest Northern veneers (which are just an industry term for ‘top layer’) that provide the most uniform color and the most resistance to seasonal expansion.
From an environmental responsibility standpoint:
These floors use half as many trees as solid wood floors faster growing, renewable wood used for inner plies Mannington’s wood facility reuses its mill waste for energy