USA: Kitchen Flooring: Kitchen Flooring Manufacturers
ABOUT KITCHEN FLOORING
Vinyl, in tile or sheet form, is generally regarded as the most practical type of kitchen flooring. Vinyl tile has the advantage as kitchen flooring that it can be easily laid on a do-it-yourself basis; but there is a risk that the tiles may lift after time due to water seeping into the joints between the tiles. Vinyl sheet kitchen flooring has the advantage of being completely waterproof, but it does require professional laying. Other practical alternatives for kitchen flooring include laminate flooring and ceramic tile flooring. Wood can be used as a kitchen flooring, but great care is needed in its maintenance.
LEADING USA KITCHEN FLOORING MANUFACTURERS
The leading kitchen flooring manufacturers, described below, have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects of kitchen flooring, including online catalogs, colours and materials for kitchen flooring, and care and maintenance of kitchen flooring.
Armstrong: Vinyl Kitchen Flooring. Armstrong is a leading manufacturer of vinyl sheet and vinyl tile flooring, including kitchen flooring. Armstrong Flooring is a division of the worldwide Armstrong World Industries Inc, which is a leading manufacturer of flooring, cabinets and ceilings with more than 10,000 employees worldwide. It operates 36 plants in nine countries.
Armstrong Vinyl Sheet is a layered construction, sold in six inch and twelve inch widths. There are two forms of construction, defined by the type of backing: Felt and Fiberglass. 90% of vinyl sheet sold is of the Felt type. Fiberglass is the 'cushiest' form of vinyl flooring. Armstrong Vinyl Tile is made up of four layers: a urethane protective wear layer, a protective clear film layer, a printed design layer, and a vinyl tile backing. Wood, tile and stone looks are available. Armstrong also supplies hardwood, laminate, linoleum, and ceramic flooring.
BuildDirect: Kitchen Flooring. BuildDirect, of Vancouver, Canada, is a leading online supplier of building materials including kitchen flooring. Its Ceramic Tile Flooring range includes: Full Body Porcelain Floor Tiles, Ceramic Floor Tiles, Glazed Porcelain Floor Tiles, Rectified Floor Tiles, Wood Grain Floor Tiles, Sem-Rectified Floor Tiles, and Saltillo Floor Tiles.
Other types of kitchen flooring supplied by BuildDirect include: Wood Flooring, Laminate Flooring, Bamboo Flooring, Hardwood Flooring, Cork Flooring, Stone Flooring, Travertine Tile Flooring, Marble Tile Flooring, Sandstone Tile Flooring, and Granite Flooring. Other kitchen products supplied by BuildDirect include: Kitchen Countertops, and Kitchen Sinks. The BuildDirect website contains advisory articles grouped into 'Colleges', and collectively described as the 'BuildDirect University'. Topics relevant to kitchen flooring include: Underlayment for Laminate Flooring, and Maintaining Ceramic Tile.
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