The type of flooring you choose for your home makes a significant difference in its finishing, appearance, and most importantly in your comfort. More esthetic flooring raises the value of your home, and might get you more money for it, but may require more maintenance. Durable flooring requires very little maintenance, making it a more cost-effective solution. Other flooring options offer the best in terms of warmth and comfort. So whatever the type of flooring you decide to install, it will have pros and cons and you will have to decide which criteria are most important to you. We at Prime Floor KSA, will do our best to guide you and help you choose the option that best suits your requirements, criteria, and budget. Below are some of the most popular flooring types we provide and install, all imported from the world’s leading suppliers, and all installed while conforming to international best practices, regulations, and certifications.

Tiles

There are several types of tiles used for residential and commercial applications. Tiling provides one of the most practical, flexible, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly flooring choices.Tiles come in different sizes, shapes, textures, material, and thicknesses, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Below are the most popular types of tiles we provide:

Ceramic Tile: Ceramic tile is the most common tiling used in the world, in offices, store, and homes. It comes in two forms: glazed and unglazed. Unglazed tile is referred to as quarry tile. Ceramic tiles are made from clay and then heated. The glaze, which creates the color of the tile, is added after firing. The glazing process allows for the creation of infinite color combinations.

Quarry (Unglazed) Tile: Quarry tile is unglazed ceramic tile. Inexpensive, durable and natural, quarry tile is also less prone to chips and scratches. The cooler section is not as vast as with other tiles type, but there are several shades of red, orange, brown, gray and more. In residential applications, the quarry is used for kitchens and pathways because it has a naturally coarse surface, making it less slippery than some other surfaces when wet.

Porcelain Tile: Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic tile, but with 2 basic differences; it is made from fine-grained clay and fired at a higher temperature than ceramic. These factors make porcelain tile denser, less porous, and more resistant to moisture and stains. As a result, most porcelain tiles are suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations. Porcelain tiles are hard to cut due to their density and hardness, so the cost and labor involved is often higher. Porcelain tiles are available in matte, unglazed or high-polished finishes.

Tile Mosaics: Tile mosaics allow you to be creative with your tile design. Mosaics are most commonly used for smaller areas, such as a bathroom or kitchen backsplash, or even small counter space areas. Mosaic tiles are usually less than six inches square and made of porcelain or clay composition. Many come in squares, octagons, hexagons or other unique shapes. They are also available in pre-mounted paper or fabric mesh sheets to simplify installation.

Natural Stone Tiles: There are several types of natural stone tiles which are used for flooring, walls and more. These include:

  • Granite: Granite has long been popular as a handsome kitchen countertop material, and it is also made into floors, shower walls, and bathroom counters. Granite tiles are naturally antibacterial and aren’t damaged by water contact, making them a great choice for kitchen and bathroom applications.
  • Slate: Slate tiles are growing in popularity due to their versatility. They are used outdoors as well as inside the home and are even utilized as roofing shingles. Slate tile is available in several color ranges, from gray to purple to black.
  • Travertine: Travertine is a type of limestone. Beige travertine tiles are used for bathroom floors, kitchen backsplashes, shower mosaics, and more. Although travertine tiles are soft and require several coats of sealant, homeowners appreciate their relatively low cost compared to other natural stone.
  • Marble: Marble tiles have been used for centuries in homes to create a luxurious, unique look. There are variations in the color of each tile, creating a one-of-a-kind design which many homeowners prize, while others prefer a more consistent look, like ceramic tile. Marble tiles are porous and must be sealed.
  • Onyx: Onyx is well known for its creamy, pearl-like look and striking colors. Costly and somewhat fragile, onyx tiles are not a common choice for flooring, but they can make a beautiful, bold design statement.
  • Sandstone: Sandstone, which is extremely durable, has a grainy look and feel. Sandstone tiles range in color from yellow to pink and red and are great for kitchen flooring.

Laminate Floors

Laminate flooring is one of the most beautiful flooring types that can be installed at an affordable price. Considered by many to be the next big design trend, it imitates wood, tile or stone flooring. Essentially, this flooring is layers of adhered fiberboard with an image of the wood, tile or stone printed on top.

Laminate flooring can give you a realistic looking of wood, tile or stone appearance without the hustle of cleaning soiled grout joints. It is resistant to burns, scratches, and heat, and very easy to maintain. Laminate flooring is often confused with real engineered hardwood flooring. Engineered wood flooring is constructed totally from real wood plies that are laminated together. On the other hand, laminate flooring consists of fiber core boards with a photographic print layer and a clear top coating of melamine resins.

Laminate flooring can be used anywhere. Because it isn’t affected by humidity and moisture in the same way as true hardwood, making it a popular choice for below, at, or above grade. Available in a large selection of styles, colors, and textures, laminate flooring is available in more than 24 types, differing based on the installation type, the material it imitates, the texture, the floor construction, the pattern, and the AC rating. We provide all 24 types of Laminate floors, all imported from the world’s leading manufacturers, and installed according to the strictest regulations and certifications.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is increasing in popularity and is one of the most durable choices, especially when choosing a pre-finished hardwood floor to install. Some pre-finished hardwood flooring comes with a 50-year manufacturer’s warranty. They can be used in any room and come in different thicknesses. When you think of hardwood floors, you think of unfinished floors that you have to sand and finish, but remember we are installing pre-finished flooring.

There are different options as far as width and grades go. There are basically three grades:

Oak: Oak is the most common wood floor. Oak flooring is an option that is highly resistant to dents and deep scratches. This makes oak a very popular choice for those homeowners who like to avoid area rugs. It comes in wide variety of stain colors and almost always has an obvious grain pattern.

Maple: Maple is one of the most popular and widely known types of wood. The curly grain is so hard, it’s often used for bowling alleys. If maple wood can hold under those conditions, it can last in any home. Its grain pattern is subtler than many other kinds of wood and can’t absorb dark stains very well.

Mahogany: Mahogany is prized for its beauty and color. It is a highly durable, water-resistant hardwood when installing as flooring. Mahogany advocates like to point to its classic and timeless look as they spread its popularity.

Lyptus: Many people mistake lyptus for mahogany. It’s significantly harder than oak and is easy to mill and finish. Lyptus is available all over the world and is increasing its market share every year. The best part about lyptus is that looks like mahogany, but it’s less expensive.

Rustic ash: When you see a light-colored hardwood floor, more often than not, it’s ash wood. For those property owners who really like a hard wood, ash is the way to go. Some feel it’s the toughest and hardest wood and it can be differentiated from hickory by white dots in the darker summerwood. It’s often less expensive than comparable hardwoods.

Hickory: Hickory is more common in rustic or log homes as it has one of the hardest exteriors, making it ideal for homeowners who expect a lot of foot traffic over the years. Families with three or more children would get great value from hickory wood floors. Visually, hickory has a close grain without many figures.

Pine: Pine is not really hard wood. It’s a character wood. It’s quite popular due to its pinholes and knots. Pine is very soft, so for those who want hardwood, but are unsure as to the rough touch on the feet, pine would be a great option. Pine is not the cheapest wood, but it’s not the most expensive either.

Cherry: Cherry is a type of wood that darkens as it ages. Like other woods, it can produce a great finish and is easy to maintain. But, it can also be easily scratchedIt has been used for many years in the construction industry and is one of the most commonly used hardwoods. Cherry hardwood is very hard to work with, but it looks as good as any other type after it’s sanded.

Walnut: Walnut wood will make your home really shine, but that sight will come with a price. Walnut is very strong and durable, as it should be given the price tag. The wood is light to dark chocolate brown in color.

Rosewood: Rosewood has some of the unique grain patterns. Its colors range from light yellow to purple. Rosewood has been popular for centuries in furniture making and has recently been turned into flooring planks.

The pre-finished floor saves a lot of labor and is a better finish. They are applied in a factory setting and are sanded three times and usually have eight coats of finish with aluminum oxide on it. The finish is baked on. It is UV cured and as it goes through each layer it is built up and has actual pieces of metal in the finish. The metal pieces give it a very high Taber Test, which is a test done in a laboratory where they test the finish by taking an abrasive wheel and testing to see how many rotations it takes to wear through into the wood.

There is no shortage of choices when it comes to hardwood flooring. While many of the differences would go unnoticed to the untrained eye, there are distinct characteristics that make each type ideal for your remodeled home, and that is what we at Prime Floor KSA will focus on, when guiding your choice of flooring for your project.