Get To Know: Flooring

May 5th 2020

Changing the flooring of your home can be difficult. Especially if you have moved into the house or have been living there for a long time. This means you’ll have to clear the furniture and move everything from the space where you will be conducting the floor furnishing to another area. That is a big hassle and can cause stress.

But, don’t worry about that just yet.

First, you’ll have to know what type of flooring will suit your room and your budget. This is a get to know guide so you’ll be aware of the options you have.

Wooden Flooring

Wooden flooring
Image credit: @dinesen

A classic option is wooden flooring. It may not be easy on the wallet but wooden flooring can last a long time when you take good care of it. Wooden flooring comes in planks. In the image above, full-length planks are featured so you can see uninterrupted, gorgeous lines.

Other wooden floor options include oak, maple, hickory, walnut, and bamboo. You’ll then have to choose the type of wood edges you’d like to incorporate to fix these planks together. Choose between square, eased, bevelled, or kissed edges. It determines the groove you get between the planks.

If your home is small, opt for light colour wood to enhance your space. If you like dark flooring, ensure that the ceiling is high or painted white so it does not feel claustrophobic.

Wooden floors need sweeping and the application of polishing shine from time to time. You can also scrub the floors as most wooden flooring comes with a high-quality protective coating.

Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain Tiles
Image credit: @stoneworldau

Still widely used in our region today, tiles are easy to maintain and durable. Did you know that archaeologists have uncovered tiles laid out in 1,500BC? That is how long tiles can last!

Tiles come in many colours, sizes, and textures. The contemporary style above features a full-body shadow porcelain tile in a natural sandstone pattern. Each tile is easily identifiable from the next. If you want to introduce a modern, almost industrial look to your home, this is a good choice. The full-body porcelain finish also makes scratches and chips less noticeable.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate Flooring
Image credit: @theflooringmillmansfield

Do you want your home to look boujee without breaking the bank? Wooden and tile flooring options look gorgeous but can fetch a heavier price tag, depending on the type of pattern you choose.

Let laminate flooring save the day. If you are looking to capture the sophistication of wooden flooring, consider laminate flooring. It is hardy and easy to clean - just sweep or vacuum away the dust and mop away the grime. It also can be laid and completed in a jiffy.

The laminate flooring above looks like small wooden planks laid out in the herringbone style. There are so many designs, colours, and grains to choose from. It is also widely preferred in residential or commercial properties as it will not start to squeak with heavy use.

Cork Flooring

Cork Flooring
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One type of flooring that is not widely used in our region is cork flooring. Like what is used to cork wine bottles, they are made from the peel of the bark. They are great for insulating homes and keeping them soundproof. Therefore, if you are a musician or have someone in the house that is working with percussion, cork flooring is a good investment.

What’s more, they also resist insects well. If you are looking to live a greener lifestyle, cork is eco-friendly.

In the featured image above, you can see decorative lines on the cork flooring, elevating the look of the room. Cork flooring can also be made to look like tiles or planks, depending on the type of design you are interested in incorporating into your home.

They can take a bit of getting used to as it feels more ‘cushiony’ than normal flooring. It is beautiful, nonetheless.

Stone Flooring

Kitchen with Stone Flooring
Image credit: @medevelopments

If you are looking to introduce a va-va-voom factor into your home, stone flooring will give you that effect. Choose from limestone, clay, granite, pebble, sandstone, slate, travertine to onyx.

Each finishing is different. It usually comes in 4 x 2 feet rectangles, but you can find it in 1-inch square mosaics too - if you are interested in creating an art tapestry using stone mosaics, it will be a unique and unlikely feature in your home.

For functionality, stone flooring can stand very high heat. Therefore, if you have a large standing oven or working in a space with high heat, stone flooring is very suitable. In the image above, you can see that sandstone flooring is used in the kitchen area, where temperatures can rise due to cooking and baking.

Linoleum Flooring

Bathroom with Linoleum Flooring
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You’ve probably seen linoleum flooring widely used in offices. It looks like a plastic covering that does not look very appealing - almost boring.

Linoleum flooring is a composite of cork wood dust, limestone, recycled wood flour and linseed oil - sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? But it is far from it. In fact, it is considered to be eco-friendly. They are tough against heavy impact and liquids such as water and oils.

They come in sheet rolls glued to the floor. However, linoleum has come a fair bit since their lowly beginnings. They now come in all colours and patterns. You can get wood grain, granite, concrete, and stone prints on it. They are versatile and fit perfectly in modern-themed homes.

Now that you have been introduced to an array of flooring types, you can start deciding on what type of flooring to introduce to your home. Some types do not require heavy cementing, and hence, the installation can be completed in a day. For tiles from natural origins, however, they might need more time to install.

If you have any queries, we’ve got a list of professionals at Renodots that will help you. They will be able to consult and advise you on the best type of flooring needed for your space. Allow them to work with your interior designers, and you will have an abode you are proud of.

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