Floors are usually the part of the house that initially attracts the guests’ attention. When the guest steps his foot on your floor, he will most probably notice and check what kind of flooring you have. It’s as important as your wallpaper, ceiling and home decorations. Choosing the right flooring for your home may seem like an overwhelming decision to make. It requires careful planning as you would like to show your personality and style with a touch of practicality.
With numbers of flooring available, it seems so hard to choose. You seem to like them all and all look perfect for your home. Now, the question of which to choose arises. The answer to this question depends on many things. You should consider the size of the family and the traffic the floor will receive. Will the floor be safe if you have any children? How much maintenance does the floor require and how long do you expect to have the same floor?
Nowadays, different designs and types of flooring have come out; as the need arise and with the desire to meet the standard of the owner. Home owners may think of using the same type of flooring in all areas of the house but some have their preferences for each room. Flooring comes in various types. It can be hard, wood, fiber or sheet. It is best to study these flooring types first before deciding on which to get.
Hard floors are durable and do not require much maintenance, elegant and are resistant to heat. Common types of hard floor are ceramic and natural stones.
Ceramic tiles were originally used only in kitchens and bathrooms. With the new designs of ceramic styles, it is now possible to use these even in your living room. Ceramic comes in three basic types: glazed, unglazed and porcelain. Glazed ceramic tiles are designed with glass coated with mineral stains. Glazed ceramic tiles come in semi-gloss or high-gloss finishing. Unglazed ceramic tiles have different texture and are very hard. Porcelain is the hardest as it has a higher breaking strength. Ceramic tiles are easy to maintain. They are durable and dents, dings and scratches are minimized. One thing you have to remember is never to use ceramic tiles over a floor with structural movements. Though ceramic tiles are durable, they are prone to cracking. It is also not good for homes with children as it can be slippery when it gets wet.
Natural stones such as granite, marble, limestone, travertine and others are commonly used as living room flooring. It has its natural beauty, elegance and durability. It adds motif and style to your living room. It can create a dramatic appearance to your flooring with its being natural. Because of these things, natural stones are not as affordable as other floorings. It also requires sub flooring which requires additional expenses.
Wood floors are long lasting. It requires easy cleaning as it doesn’t retain dust particles. It is commonly found in older houses. It works naturally well with many interior designs. However, it requires frequent vacuuming and sweeping. Although, it doesn’t retain dust particles, wood floors are prone to scratches and dents. Two common types of wood flooring are the natural and synthetic wood.
Natural woods come in different styles and patterns. Parquet square is the most common type. It comes in square boards that form its pattern. The big advantage of using parquet square is that it is replaceable. Another type of natural wood is the plank which gives a classic look to the flooring. Although planks do not require sub flooring, these are more expensive that other wood floors. Strip floor is another type of natural wood floor. These are long narrow boards that are prone to buckling. Thus, sub flooring is highly recommended.
Laminated floorings are the most common type of synthetic woods. This type of flooring works well in areas exposed to moisture. These are laminated so they do not require finishing. The good thing about laminated floorings is that it is fire resistant, do not fade nor stain.
Fiber floors provide more comfort than other types of flooring. It absorbs noise making it perfect to be installed on the second floor of the house. It is available in different colors making the house more stylish. It doesn’t scratch however it is not as durable as hard flooring. To extend its life span, carpet padding is necessary. It requires maintenance as it gathers dust particles and when wet with water or any liquid, a stain is formed. There are two types of fiber flooring: natural and synthetic.
The types of natural fiber flooring are coir, sea grass, sisal, and jute. These fiber materials give a comfortable feeling and are best for homes with children. However, durability is not guaranteed.
Sheet floors are considered to be the most affordable. The two most common types of sheet floors are the linoleum and vinyl. These floorings also come in various color and designs. Because these are the most affordable, these flooring are also the least durable. It requires constant care and constant maintenance as these flooring easily absorbs dirt and dust. These types of floorings aren’t hard to replace. With extra care and maintenance, these could last longer than usual.
Indeed, careful planning and studying is needed on deciding which type of flooring the best for your home or office. Anyhow, after the flooring of your choice is installed, you will definitely be overjoyed realizing that it’s the surface you, your kids, family and friends will be standing and walking on.