*Your builder offers a wide variety of surface materials, but may not offer all the materials mentioned here. Talk to your design consultant to see what type of flooring surfaces your builder offers.

Carpet - newhome.stainmaster.com/carpet.html 
Types and styles of carpet are numerous. Carpet ranges in durability and stain resistance. Understanding your household needs will help you better decide on which carpet is best for the rooms of your home.

Wood Flooring - woodfloors.org/consumer/whyBenefits.aspx
The warmth and luxury of wood is hard to deny. The advances in engineered wood make for a much more durable but attainable product that can go in almost every room of your home. Please visit the link and talk to your design consultant to see if a wood floor fits into your life style.

Tile -
Tile, a very common and durable flooring option, ranges in size and price and is limited only by the imagination and your budget. Because of its durability tile is an excellent option in high traffic and “wet” areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and utilities. Technology has allowed tile to emulate natural products like stone and slate at a much lower cost putting a luxurious look within reach.

Natural Stones -
Natural stone floors made of marble or slate are beautiful and rich addition to any fine home. It is important to understand their properties and maintenance to ensure they remain beautiful. Your design consultant will also help you decide if these natural products will work with your life style.

Shade variation of stone
Slate, marble and granite, because they are natural products mined out of the earth, will have the greatest ranges of shade variation. Natural products give a warm and unique accent to a home, as no piece is exactly the same. It is amazing what materials Mother Nature can create. It is important to remember when selecting a natural product, though, that it will not look exactly like the sample representation in the design center. Your design consultant will talk to you about shade variation and offer you man made alternatives if natural products are not for you.

Maintenance of stone
Slate, marble, and granite products need more maintenance than their ceramic, porcelain, quartz, or vinyl counterparts. They are generally softer products that are easier to scratch. They are also porous and can stain. Therefore, these products generally need to be sealed with a stone sealant on a regular basis to minimize scratching and staining.

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