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Benefits of using Armstrong Residential and Commercial Resilient flooring are that are among the best in the business with a wide variety of styles to choose from.


From bamboo to exotic species hardwood, there are lots of designer flooring types out there for your customers to select and for you to install. Get up to speed on all the latest designer flooring types to help your customers make better purchasing decisions for their homes and businesses.


Many people mistake bamboo flooring for a type of hardwood but it’s actually a grass. It’s comprised of bamboo strands glued together to make up solid strips or planks, resembling hardwood yet even more durable. In addition, it’s a renewable resource that’s easy on the environment because it’s such a fast-growing plant. This green flooring option is becoming increasingly popular for its beautiful grain patterns, durability, beauty and sustainability. It often comes with a high price tag, though, because it must be imported from Asia, typically priced at between $7 and $12 per square foot installed.


Stone flooring provides a natural, stylish and classic look to any room, featuring a cool, hard surface that does not trap dust or allergens. Educate your customers on the varying factors in choosing natural stone tiles, which can all differ in the amount and size of pores in a stone — called porosity — which affects its strength and stain resistance, according to Better Homes and Gardens. Flooring for kitchens, bathrooms and mudrooms are best off with nonporous stones like granite or slate, while softer, more porous stones like marble, limestone, and travertine are best off in low-traffic areas. The latter types require regular regular maintenance, such as sealant application and frequent cleaning to keep them looking good.

Available in a variety of sizes, colors and patterns, here are some common types of natural stone flooring:

  • Granite: A popular choice for any room of the house.
  • Limestone: The earthen appearance of this stone comes from sedimentary materials like coral and shells.
  • Marble: This is a highly porous stone best for formal spaces because scratches can easily occur.
  • Slate: This rustic stone option comes in a variety of geometric pieces and irregular shapes, with colors in the dark gray, red, and green families.
  • Travertine: This is a crystallized type of limestone that resembles the swirled look of marble.

Exotic Hardwoods

For a unique appearance and unmatched versatility, exotic hardwoods can add a special touch to any floor. Available in prefinished solid, unfinished solid and engineered, exotics come in a variety of types, colors, stains and patterns, including:

  • Brazilian cherry, walnut and teak
  • Tigerwood
  • Rosewood
  • Boxwood
  • Sandalwood
  • Burl
  • Marblewood
  • Bloodwood
  • Olivewood
  • Brazilian Oak
  • Australian Cypress
  • African Mahogany

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many types of exotic hardwoods available on the market today. Some are rich and bold while others are more understated and muted. The ones your clients choose will depend on their budget, style needs, and personal preferences. Here at Adleta we can show you the many products we have available for contractors and retailers.


We are your trusted flooring distributor throughout the Southwest. Call Adleta today if you’ve been searching for innovative flooring products and service. We’ve been in this business for 40 years and can connect you with the designer flooring you need for your commercial and residential clients. Don’t just take our word for it, though: check out our customer feedback.

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