452 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY / 518-434-0155
Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri: 8am-5pm / Thurs: 8am-7pm / Sat: 9am-1pm. Closed 11/23 & 11/24, re-open 11/25.
 
 
FINE FLOOR COVERINGS, LUXURY TILE, STONE & GLASS
Wood Floors

Comparisons & Costs

Type of Material Advantages Disadvantages Maintenance Material Cost Installed Cost
Stone Honed, brushed, and flamed finishes are extremely durable; beautiful, natural aesthetic; natural variation. Higher cost; some varieties (e.g. marble and limestone) are absorbent; difficult to repair; needs to be sealed; can be slippery. Place walk-off mats at entryways; avoid cleaners that are abrasive or contain harsh chemicals; regularly dust-mop the floor. $$$$ $$$$
Tile Extremely durable; water and stain resistant; extensive selection of shapes, colors, and textures; damage/scratches are less like to be evident. Grout lines may require special attention to remove surface dirt; can be slippery when wet, especially glossy tiles. Often can be swept clean, beyond that damp-mopping with a mild cleaner such as Miraclean should do the trick; place walk-off mats at entryways. $ – $$$ $$$
Engineered Hardwood Shrinks and expands less than solid wood; quicker installation; can be installed in below grade areas; consistent, factory-applied stain and sealer. Usually can only be refinished once or twice. Regular sweeping; place protective pads on the bottoms of chair and table legs; place walk-off mats at entryways; remove scuff marks by using a cloth with hardwood floor cleaner. $$ – $$$ $$
Solid Hardwood Resists wear; long-lasting; provides a warm look; can be refinished. Can be damaged by moisture; softer woods may dent; may darken over time in direct sunlight; finishes may wear unevenly and be difficult to repair; can shrink and expand. Regular sweeping; place protective pads on the bottoms of chair and table legs; place walk-off mats at entryways; remove scuff marks by using a cloth with hardwood floor cleaner. $$ – $$$ $$
Bamboo More quickly renewable resource than wood; strong; contemporary & clean. May darken or fade when exposed to sunlight; avoid exposure to moisture. Place walk-off mats at entryways; place protective pads on the bottoms of chairs and table legs; regular sweeping and dust mopping; clean up spills immediately; use only manufacturer-recommended cleaners. $$ – $$$ $$
Cork Natural, soft, warm; mildew resistant; contemporary look; stain and water resistant; ease of cleaning; polyurethane finish lasts up to 7 years before refinishing is required. Due to absorbency, should not be used in high-moisture areas; Place walk-off mats at entryways; place protective pads on the bottoms of chairs and table legs; regular sweeping and dust mopping (no wet mopping); clean up spills immediately; use only manufacturer-recommended cleaners. $$ $$
Synthetic Nylon Carpet & Rugs Extremely resistant to stains if treated; great factory- availability of colors; very durable. Made from petroleum products; does not resist crushing from furniture and foot traffic as well as wool. Regular vacuuming; clean up spills; place walk-off mats at entryways; professional cleaning is recommended every 12-18 months. $ – $$ $$
Vinyl Tile Durable; ease of cleaning; less expensive, ease of repair, easy installation. Possibility exists for moisture to seep into seams between tiles. Place walk-off mats at entryways; regular sweeping and dust-mopping; clean up spills immediately; use only manufacturer-recommended cleaners. $ $
Wool Carpet & Rugs Strong and durable but still very soft; naturally stain resistant; flame retardant; provides warmth in summer and cooling in winter; helps to reduce ambient noise; hypoallergenic and antibacterial. Generally more expensive than synthetic carpet and rugs made of synthetic nylon and other petroleum based fibers. Regular vacuuming; clean up spills; place walk-off mats at entryways; professional cleaning is recommended every 12-18 months. $$$ – $$$$ $$

Note: the $ signs represent a price range. A single $ represents low cost, while four $ represent the highest cost.