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Bamboo

The fastest growing plant on earth, timber bamboo normally reaches maturity within 5-7 years, growing to heights of 50 or more feet. Because bamboo is a grass, not a tree, it can be harvested many times over from the same stalk without replanting. The mature plant has a complex root system that continues to grow new shoots for decades.

What’s more, bamboo can be grown in soil previously damaged by poor farming techniques and overgrazing. When properly harvested, the bamboo root is left intact, so the topsoil remains undisturbed. The bamboo litter is left as well to add nutrients to the forest floor, eventually restoring healthy agriculture space.

The timber bamboo used for flooring normally comes from managed forests in China. It is grown using little to no pesticide and is harvested by hand, reducing environmental damage.

Bamboo has a very high tensile strength (comparable to steel) and can be used in such applications as solid bamboo flooring, engineered bamboo flooring, woven bamboo flooring, distressed (hand scraped) bamboo flooring, and even for use over radiant floor heat. Bamboo is typically 20% more stable than hardwood flooring.
 

Cork

Cork comes from the bark of a tree bearing the same name, the cork oak. In nature, the bark is a protective shell to wildfire and drastic climate change. The cork bark is harvested every 9-14 years. The tree itself is never cut down and the habitat is not disturbed.

Cork floor has been utilized in Europe and the United States for over a century. It is reasonably priced and highly durable, resistant to wear, friction and impact.

Cork is hypoallergenic and does not absorb dust. With a waxy finish to its surface, cork flooring is impervious to liquid and gasses. Cork has a natural microbial and will not entrap fungus or germs, helping to create a healthier indoor environment for your family.

It is warm to the touch and reduces sound. Cork has fantastic insulating properties, acoustical as well as thermal. It will maintain a comfortable flooring temperature year-round and reduces noise levels, even limiting sound travel from room to room.

Countertops

The crowning touch to any cabinet is the countertops. We offer a variety of surfaces, from granite to engineered stone and tile. And with our expert staff, we can assist you in choosing styles and colors for a beautiful, livable kitchen.  Whether your kitchen is a place to prepare food or an area to entertain guests—or both—we’ll find the right countertop for your budget.

Much like the flooring industry, countertops come in a myriad of different materials, colors and prices. The staff at Chesapeake Family Flooring brings the same commitment to customer service and product knowledge to your kitchen and bath as we do to the products that you choose for your floors. Among the many options are:

Granite is an igneous rock that is formed when magma or lava (molten rock) has cooled and hardened. Each stone is a unique one, even if it is the same granite by name. One should never rely on a sample or picture for the final appearance of the stone. Each stone belongs to a &"lot,” and you can think of granite as a loaf of bread being sliced. These slices form the stone’s lot. Using slabs from the same lot is the only way to ensure that your slabs will match. Not only is this important for blending the seams, but also for the overall look and flow of the stone’s direction.

The primary reason for granite’s meteoric rise in popularity is credited to its endurance. Granite withstands the scalding heat of pots and pans; and cutting directly on your granite will do nothing more than damage your knives. Although Granite is the least porous of all stones, proper maintenance goes a long way to preserve its original luster, so we recommend regular sealing once a year.

Marble is aesthetically pleasing and hygienic, but can stain and scratch more easily. It is not as hard as granite and does not react well with chemical cleaning agents, therefore is not always the best option for a kitchen countertop.
Marble does however add a formal and elegant feel. Historically, marble was most often used in hallways and foyers, though it can be effectively applied in almost any room. Many of today’s homes take advantage of marble’s natural beauty in the bathroom by using the material for vanities and shower walls. Like Granite, Marble will need to be sealed every year.

Engineered Stone or merged material consists of milled quartz, resin, and dyes. Engineered stones can also contain recycled glass, concrete, paper and broken porcelain. Many go by popular brand names such as Silestone, Zodiaq and Cambria. Engineered stones require no sealing.

 

Radiant Heating

Tired of walking around in slippers and socks all winter? With radiant heating, you can again walk barefoot across your hard floors in the dead of winter. The unique under floor heating system is environmentally friendly, because it’s clean and energy efficient. It’s luxury you never thought was possible. Talk to one of our associates about radiant heating today.

Underlayment

The right underlayment can enhance the long-term wear and performance of many types of floors. Some companies even give substantial extensions to warranty coverage when the recommended underlayment is used.

Ask our sales staff about the different types and grades of underlayment—we’ll be glad to advise you so you’ll be sure to have the best performance and most satisfaction from your new floor.