Any material used as the final wearing surface on a floor is called finish flooring. There are many such materials on the market, each with specific advantages for a particular use. Two essential properties of any kind of finish flooring are durability and ease of cleaning.
Hardwoods such as birch, maple, beech and oak are used in a variety of widths and thicknesses as strip flooring. Some species are also available in parquet form. Vertical grain strips of soft woods such as fir or hemlock are sometimes used. Wood finish flooring is widely used In living and dining rooms, bedrooms, corridors and general purpose rooms such as family rooms and dens.
Other materials suitable for finish flooring include resilient flooring (in tile or sheet form) and ceramic tile. These materials are water resistant and are used in bathrooms, kitchens, public entrance halls and general storage areas. Carpets, of course, may also be used as a finish flooring except where water resistance is required.
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