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Floors 79 Stories

I love the look of polished concrete floors in kitchens, but concrete — along with other nonresilient floor surfaces, such as stone, ceramic and porcelain tile — can take a toll on your joints. I've heard complaints from many homeowners who regret putting in a hard flooring material in their kitchen because of the subsequent...
Contractor Tips: Smooth Moves for Hardwood Floors
If your place doesn't have hardwood floors, you probably wish it did. Wood makes great flooring. It's beautiful, long lasting and easy to clean. The Victorians weren't too fond of it (they covered with rugs and oilcloths the same floors people are now...
Transition Time: How to Connect Tile and Hardwood Floors
Transitioning a bathroom's tile floor to the hardwood of another room is often given little forethought. However, not planning the transition can result in a final product that doesn't meet your expectations, or a floor assembly that's destined to fail....
Cork Flooring 101: Warm Up to a Natural Wonder
Although cork floors have soared in popularity over the past decade or so, they’ve been kicking around for more than a century. Back in the early days, cork appeared mostly in commercial and public spaces, although residential use increased after...
When to Use Engineered Wood Floors
After two weeks of discussing the different characteristics of a variety of solid plank wood floors, it's time to delve into the world of engineered wood floors. Once installed, an engineered wood floor can be difficult to distinguish from a
Ecofriendly Kitchen: How to Choose Flooring
Going green with your kitchen floor brings benefits beyond making you feel good about your selection. Durability is the biggest prize. Think of homes with wood floors that may be nearing a century old — this is sustainable thinking at its best, because...
Your Floor: How to Find Right Stone Tile
Natural stone has been popular for use on floors for centuries and for very good reason. Stone tile brings the colors and texture of nature to our homes and adds a quality and warmth to a room that's not possible with any other material. Because...
Your Floor: An Introduction to Solid-Plank Wood Floors
Wood floors are a classic addition to any home. Barring damage from fire or flood, a well-made and correctly-installed solid wood floor will add warmth, character and value to your interior as long as you're in your house. However, not all wood...
The Case for Linoleum and Vinyl Floors
So far in this flooring series, I've discussed a variety of ceramic tile, plank wood, engineered wood and laminate floors. Rounding out but by no means completing this series are linoleum and vinyl — also called resilient flooring, or sheet goods. Resilient...
Your Floor: How to Shop for Tile
There's a lot more to buying ceramic tile than finding a color and pattern that will work in a room. Every tile manufactured and sold has an intended use, and that intended use is made pretty clear on the label of a box of tile. However, it's always in...
Make Your Floors Terrific With Terrazzo
The popularity of terrazzo flooring peaked in the 1950s and 1960s as an economical option for slab construction houses in quickly developing Sunbelt states. But this versatile, durable, customizable and easy-to-maintain material deserves...
Are Stone Floors Right for Your Home?
Stone floors are beautiful, sturdy and extremely long lasting — and they can work in just about any room in the house. In fact, they are one of the only flooring materials (aside from perhaps concrete) that can be used both indoors and out with ease....
Drama’s Afoot With Striking Black Floors
Smart, sophisticated and the perfect base for any kind of decor, a black floor is timeless. Whether you prefer solid, boldly patterned or partnered with white, black is a wonderful choice underfoot. And here’s proof.
What Goes With Dark Wood Floors?
Dark wood floors can be incredibly chic and sophisticated, bringing richness and polish to a space. But when paired with the wrong furnishings and colors, those floors run the risk of making...
Objects of Desire: Beautifully Individual Concrete Floors
If you have pets, kids or a clumsy housemate, chances are that durability is a top priority when it comes to choosing finishes in your home. And perhaps no flooring material is as durable as concrete. It is also sustainable and budget-friendly, works...
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