Tips & Advice
What is cork flooring?
Cork flooring is manufactured from the bark of trees (usually oak), and usually made in squares that can be glued to the ground, or left unglued. Cost-wise it averages about $5 a square foot and is generally pretty inexpensive to install. Cork is naturally water resistant, but to ensure total water resistance, cork floors should be finished and sealed to prevent leaking into cracks, as well as scuffing or wear and tear. It’s not going to be as nice or stylish as hardwoods or tile, but is great in outdoor areas and work spaces. It is comfortable to walk on and a great sound insulator.
As you might suspect, bamboo flooring is made from actual bamboo and is usually manufactured in bamboo plants. It is ecologically friendly and very water resistant. It is also considered one of the sturdiest types of ‘wood’ flooring (even though it’s really a grass). In fact, on the Janka scale (an industry standard system that ranks the hardness of different woods), it is ranked in the top three strongest available wood floorings). Its price point is near wood flooring at roughly $3-$10 a square foot. While generally easy to maintain, bamboo can be susceptible to scratching or scuffing, which can be a problem in high traffic areas. Although it is very water resistant, it is not 100 percent, and humidity can affect it so it’s not ideal for bathrooms or humid environments. Overall bamboo is a viable option for flooring in most areas of the house and is affordable and durable.
Where you live and the type of room you are covering, not to mention your budget and aesthetic preferences, are all factors in finding the right flooring to fit your needs. Vinyl, vinyl plank, laminate, hardwood, bamboo, tile (ceramic and porcelain), stone, marble, cork, and carpeting are the most popular types of flooring available. There are more than a dozen options just for wood alone. If you want a pure industrial look you can always go with straight cement floors.
What is the best type of flooring for a kitchen?
When considering kitchen flooring, think durability and water resistance first, and style second. Quality vinyl (don’t go cheap, get a quality product – there are differences between brands) is durable, fashionable, and completely water resistant--making it a top choice. Wood is visually appealing, but not 100 percent water resistant. Tile (porcelain tile, not ceramic) is a great choice for style and durability and is completely water resistant. Laminate is a great option - especially on a budget (ceramic tiles and wood are cost more). It is durable and easy to clean, but not 100% water resistant. As with all man-made products, be sure to skip the low quality products and shoot for at least a mid-range product.
What is the cheapest type of flooring?
The most inexpensive flooring options are going to be laminate, vinyl plank, and bamboo flooring. Each of these options will give you durability and variety, and can even be found for less than $2 a square foot if you shop around.
What is the most durable type of flooring?
Well, it may surprise you, but bamboo flooring is considered one of the most durable flooring available. It’s increasing in popularity, so prices are beginning to reflect that. Porcelain flooring tile is right up there with bamboo. Fired at high temperatures, it produces a tile that is completely impervious to water and nearly unbreakable, in fact it can be used outdoors as, well. Do not confuse it with common ceramic tiles as those are different - and much less durable. Standard wood floors, made from durable wood like oak, are very durable and a great accent to just about any home.
What is the difference between laminate and vinyl flooring?
The primary difference between vinyl and laminate is that vinyl is made of 100 percent plastic while laminate is nearly 100 percent wood product. A rule of thumb is vinyl in the bathroom, laminate everywhere else. The prices, appearance, and value are all comparable. Now if you use laminate in your bathroom, you’re still going to be OK, just know the water resistance levels are a fraction lower than in vinyl.
What is the best type of flooring for a house?
The best type of flooring for your house will depend on what rooms you are covering and your personal tastes. The most common floorings are wood, ideal for living rooms and bedrooms; tile, whose durability and water resistance makes it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms; laminates, whose durability makes it ideal for high traffic areas; carpeting, which is ideal for bedrooms, due to its softness and style; vinyl, which is great for laundry rooms, kitchens or bathrooms, due to its noise deadening quality and it’s durability; and cork, which can be good for bedrooms due to its softness.
What types of food do caterers provide?
Different caterers provide all different types of food, and indeed one of the first variables to consider when looking for a caterer is their specialty and menu choices. Caterers almost always provide some type of canapé or passed hot appetizers menu, as this is a standard for most evening functions. Other standards include cheese/charcuterie displays, international small plates/tapas, sandwiches and wraps, raw seafood bar and classic champagne brunch with sweet and savory options. They also offer classic plated dinner menu with different preparations of steak/roast, chicken and fish. And many offer gourmet box lunches for a variety of settings and situations. If you are looking for a sweet table, make sure to find out out they employ a pastry chef or use a third-party vendor.
Typical international cuisine options include Italian, pan-Asian, French and Latin fusion. Many caterers will create offerings to accommodate culinary trends--for example, offering a slider bar, a make-your-own taco bar, a specialty bacon station, or a vegetarian buffet menu. It’s important to know that, while restaurants usually specialize in just one or two cuisines, caterers will often do a range, since they can adjust according to the client’s order and needs.
How much do catering services usually cost?
Catering services don’t have a “usual” cost, since the cost of getting a simple boxed meal for 10 people carries an entirely different average charge than the cost of getting a wedding catered. Here are a few standard ranges for common types of catering. Taxes and service fees not included, but are typically built into the bill:
Lunch, customer picks up:
Passed hors d’oeuvres for 20 people, 2 hours:
- Low: $150 for meat + cheese tray and grilled vegetable platter for 24 persons.
- Medium: $240 for boxed lunches for 24 persons + cutlery packs, no beverages.
- High: $400 for sushi and Asian appetizers for 24 persons, includes soft drinks.
Outdoor daytime social event for 30:
- $300 (light canapés and cash bar)
- $700 (heavy hors d’oeuvres, 10 items per person + beer/wine)
Banquet service for 30 for corporate function:
- Low: $330 for burgers and hotdogs with three sides
- Medium: $650 for Western-style BBQ with pork and chicken, sides
- High: $900 for fully catered pig roast with sides and serviceware.
- Low: $600 for Mexican or Italian-style buffet service including salad and choice of two entrees.
- Medium: $1,200 for plated three-course classic menu , choice of chicken/ribeye, including beer/wine.
- High: $2,800 for full-service multi-course plated dinner, including setup, beer/wine, tabletop and dinnerware rental.