Flooring Products & Services
At Mid Atlantic Tile Kitchen & Bath Design Center you will find a carefully chosen collection of gorgeous porcelain, ceramic, glass, natural stone, mosaic tiles, hardwood, both solid and engineered, luxury vinyl flooring, and bamboo. Our showroom is one of Frederick’s largest with a huge selection of flooring choices and a knowledgable staff to help you choose the right flooring for your project.
When considering flooring for a room in your house, there are many styles to choose from:
Ceramic tiles are often used to form wall and floor coverings, and can range from simple square tiles to complex designs. If you are looking for a consistent pattern versus the abstract pattern of natural stone, ceramic or porcelain tiles may be a good choice for you.
The dense, hard surface of porcelain has made has made it an ideal choice for tile flooring. Porcelain tiles are much harder than other tile products and are more resistant to scratches and high temperatures.
Granite, Travertine, Slate, Marble, Sandstone & Limestone are among some of the more popular types of natural stone flooring. Natural stone flooring offers a more natural and rustic look versus the consistency of ceramic flooring.
Solid wood flooring is milled from a single piece of timber that is kiln or air dried before sawing. Depending on the desired look of the floor, the timber can be cut in three ways: flat-sawn, quarter-sawn, and rift-sawn. The timber is cut to the desired dimensions and either packed unfinished for a site-finished installation or finished at the factory. The moisture content at time of manufacturing is carefully controlled to ensure the product doesn’t warp during transport and storage.
There are a number of proprietary features for solid wood floors that are available. Many solid woods come with grooves cut into the back of the wood that run the length of each plank, often called ‘absorption strips,’ that are intended to reduce cupping. Solid wood floors are mostly manufactured .75 inches (19 mm) thick with a tongue-and-groove for installation.
Engineered wood flooring is composed of two or more layers of wood in the form of a plank. The top layer (lamella) is the wood that is visible when the flooring is installed and is adhered to the core. The increased stability of engineered wood is achieved by running each layer at a 90° angle to the layer above. This stability makes it a universal product that can be installed over all types of subfloors above, below or on grade. Engineered wood is the most common type of wood flooring used globally.
As a grass, bamboo grows much faster than wood. Bamboo is an eco-friendly, highly renewable source of material. Moso Bamboo is the primary species used for the manufacturing of flooring and plywood. Moso bamboo can grow up to 119 cm in 24 hours and 24 m high in 40 to 50 days. It takes about 3–5 years for bamboo to reach full maturity. Traditional hard woods can take 20–120 years to mature
Bamboo has been used as an alternative for flooring because of its physical similarities to true hardwoods. Bamboo floor manufacturers and sellers promote its strength, durability, its eco-friendliness and its natural resistance to insects and moisture. The hardness of traditional bamboo flooring ranges from 1180 (carbonized horizontal) to around 1380 (natural), while newer manufacturing techniques including strand woven bamboo flooring range from 3000 to over 5000 using the Janka hardness test
LVF (Luxury Vinyl Flooring)
LVF is an industry term, not a standard, for vinyl that realistically mimics the appearance of natural stone or wood materials with an added layer to improve wear and performance and includes luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and luxury vinyl planks (LVP).
There is no difference in the number of layers between traditional and luxury vinyl tile, only the thickness of these layers.
Both generally have four layers, starting at the top and going down:
- Aluminum Oxide: This topmost aluminum oxide-based layer prevents light scratching and shoe scuffs.
- Clear Film: This layer protects against harder damage, such as rips and tears.
- Design Layer: This is the photo-realistic print of stone or wood.
- Backing Layer: The bottom layer is the real “meat” of the flooring, giving the product structure and solidity. The backing layer comprises 90% of the product’s thickness.