When selecting flooring today, there is a wide assortment of materials available from which to choose. Among them are hardwood, laminate, carpet, cork, Bamboo, vinyl, linoleum, rubber, leather, stone, tile and concrete. Various industrial coatings are also available. The best flooring choice for a given application depends upon a variety of performance, environment and appearance factors specific to that application. In addition to the immediately visible color and texture characteristics, factors to consider when selecting flooring may include durability requirements, cost of maintenance, safety features, noise reduction capability, chemical resistance properties and sustainability characteristics. Many flooring products are now available that are made of recycled or biodegradable materials and have a reduced impact upon the environment.