Rough and Tough
Need a floor that stands up to the moisture, scuffs, scratches, and indentations that come with everyday life? Tarkett FiberFloor, a new type of linoleum, has five layers that are made to do just that. The layers include a fiberglass inner layer, foam layer, and a tough-wear layer. At $2.50 to $2.80 per square foot uninstalled and with more than 100 design options, you can pick a wood grain-look for the dining room, a stone look (shown: Valentine in Rust) for the kitchen, or a fun bubble design for a kid's room.
Green can be any color you want -- just ask the people at Trend USA. They just introduced nine new organic-inspired colors for the Trend Q flooring. Trend Q is made from recycled stone agglomerate material that is scratch-, heat-, stain-, and water-resistant. Glass from recycled beer, gin, and water bottles helps make up 72 percent recycled content in Trend Q tiles. It comes in 12-inch or custom-size tiles, 49 colors, and is only 1/4 inch thick, so it can be installed over existing surfaces. Trend Q tiles start at $18 per square foot uninstalled.
Create the illusion of a solid surface with DuPont Corian solid surfaces. Corian surfaces can be installed without cracks, which create a nonporous, stain-resistant, and mold-, mildew-, and bacteria-resistant surface. It's also very versatile; it can be installed as a sink, backsplash, or shower wall and floor (shown). DuPont Corian costs $40-$75 per square foot installed. Pricing depends on complexity, color, and project location.
Snap to It
Give your kitchen an update with easy-to-install Armstrong Linoleum flooring. It has a patented interlocking system that makes it a do-it-yourselfer's dream material. The flooring doesn't require glue and can be installed over most existing floor types. It's also an eco-friendly product because it's made from linseed oil, wood or cork powder, and other natural materials. The best part: It's ready for use right after installation, which is great for high-traffic areas where linoleum is the recommended surface material. Armstrong linoleum is $2 to $3 per square foot uninstalled.
High-traffic areas used to be no place for bamboo floors, but not anymore. EcoTimber developed a new technique that makes their Woven Bamboo floors three times harder and denser than standard bamboo flooring. The bamboo is pressed together with a resin, which makes it more durable. This process also smoothes out the strands so it looks like wood grain. The Woven Bamboo planks come prefinished so homeowners can install it themselves or hire a professional. Woven Bamboo costs $6 per square foot uninstalled.
Better with Time
There's something to be said for maturity levels, especially when it comes to bamboo flooring. That's why Teragren bamboo floors are made from Optimum 5.5 Moso bamboo that's harvested between 5 1/2 and 6 years. This maturity level produces flooring that is 25 percent harder than oak floors and 12 percent harder than maple floors. Tergren Bamboo flooring is between $6 and $8 per square foot uninstalled and $10 to $12 per square foot installed.
With Leather Tile flooring, your feet will no longer dread meeting the floor in the morning. Not only is leather tile warm, but it welcomes nicks, scratches, and spills. These incidents add character and create a patina, a natural effect that gets more beautiful with use and age. This makes leather tile easy to maintain -- just dust, damp mop, and wax as necessary. With proper maintenance it can last 50 to 100 years. Leather tile costs approximately $38 per square foot plus installation.
Touch the Sky
Instantly add warmth to a room with Evoba Wood Ceiling tiles. These 4-inch tiles are an easy do-it-yourself way to add character to any room. These tiles not only look good, they sound good, too. Wood ceilings have the benefits of an acoustic drop ceiling for noise reduction and better sound quality for multimedia rooms. Evoba Wood Ceiling tiles cost between $12 and $30 per square foot uninstalled depending on wood species.
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