Ontario, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/09/2014 -- Flooring is a universal component of houses, and there are many different opinions on which types are the best. In many cases, choices are made according to a combination of personal taste and the physical properties of the material. To meet changing style preferences, Bert Vis Flooring and Cabinets (http://bertvis.com/) announced the availability of new leather and cork flooring options to its lineup.
"We don't focus on just one kind of flooring material," said Bert Vis, the owner of the store. "People like all sorts of materials for their homes, so we now offer unique options like leather and cork as well as an assortment of traditional and other new innovative products."
Usually, the general type of flooring chosen will depend on which room it is to be used for. Kitchens and bathrooms, for example, are often finished in vinyl or ceramic tile (http://bertvis.com/). Ceramic tile is more durable than many kinds of vinyl, but that doesn't mean that it is always preferred. It is often more expensive than vinyl, and it can be loud and cold on the feet when walked over.
"The loudness of footsteps is not a given even with hard flooring," noted Vis. "The substrate the tile is laid on has a lot to do with sound transmission. People's footwear is also important when it comes to this. Hard-soled dress shoes and high heels will produce much louder footsteps than rubber-soled shoes or bare feet."
Vinyl flooring (http://bertvis.com/) is another big favorite for kitchens and bathrooms. It's usually less expensive than ceramic tile, but modern versions are very durable and available in very attractive patterns. They're still not as strong as ceramic, but they can last many years if taken care of properly.
"In other areas of the home, we've been seeing a preference for more unique options," Vis noted. "Therefore, we have added leather and cork flooring to our lineup. Leather is great for dens and man caves, while cork looks good anywhere. Both of these surfaces are soft, luxurious, and natural, so they're great where a warm, upscale look is desired."
Many people prefer to use carpet (http://bertvis.com/) in household bedrooms, living rooms, family rooms, and other areas that can be considered comfort zones. A plethora of weaves and other choices exist, but in general, softer carpeting is good for most rooms. Soft carpet reduces sound and is comfortable to walk on or even sit on.
Despite these general rules for matching flooring types with room uses, there are people who choose to take different routes. One popular variation is to finish the entire house in various types of hard flooring. This makes it easy to clean every room with a broom or mop.
"In these cases, I suggest that homeowners look beyond vinyl flooring and ceramic tile," Vis said. "Laminate flooring, hardwoods, cork tiles, and even leather floors are great choices that will bring interest to every room."
Http://bertvis.com/ is the site of Bert Vis Flooring and Cabinets, a store in Smithville, Ontario that offers a wide variety of flooring solutions. It covers all popular flooring varieties as well as unusual materials such as leather and cork.