CHOOSE YOUR FLOORING WISELY
Flooring plays a huge role in the functionality, look and feel of your home. In the current market, there are many different types and designs for flooring that leaves homeowners to confuse over which is the best choice for themselves. Today, we shall introduce the different types of flooring and their functionality. With sufficient information, I’m sure you will be able to select the ideal flooring for your home!
The most popular type of tile is homogeneous ceramic tile. This is one of the most commonly used tiles in the renovation industry. It’s available in glazed or unglazed versions. They come in many different designs that replicate wood grains, fine stones or even leather.
The tiles are versatile and great especially for bathrooms as it requires waterproofing. Homogeneous tiles are strong, durable and easy to replace if there are any chipped or cracked area. However, grout lines can accumulate dirt which makes it hard to be removed.
The common type of stone flooring includes marble, granite, limestone and slate. Stone flooring adds natural beauty and elegance to your home. One of the reasons why this material is sought after is because each cut is unique. There are 3 different finishing for stones which include bush-hammered, honed and polished.
The appearance of stone flooring improves with age and is one of the most durable options of all the other flooring. However, it is rather expensive and requires large labour for installation. The floors can be quite slippery when it is wet.
Hardwood or timber flooring are made from a variety of wood such as walnut, maple, pine and oak. This flooring can be laid out in strips or geometric patterns.
Hardwood is extremely durable as it can be sanded and refinished many times over the years. It is easy to maintain and wear-resistant. Hardwood floors give your home an earthy and luxurious feel. However, hardwood flooring is rather pricey and it is labour intensive. It does not retain heat and the floors may expand or contract depending on the season.
4. Laminated Flooring
Most laminated flooring is similar to wood grain finishes. It is not made from real wood but it looks like it. It consists of layers laminated together, topping off with photographic applique and protective finishing.
Laminated flooring requires little maintenance and can handle heavy footing traffic. It can also be installed over old existing flooring hence no hacking is required. It is stain resistant and easy to clean. However, laminate floors are not easy to repair and it may not be as visually appealing if the lower quality is used.
5. Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring is gaining popularity over the years. It comes in a wide variety of designs and patterns. It is a new type of resilient flooring in the market.
Vinyl flooring provides a softer surface as they are backed with a layer of foam or felt. This thin layer gives the floor more flexibility and able to withstand heavy footing traffic. It is also durable and water resistant which makes it one of the few floor types that can be installed directly over existing floors. However, due to its soft surface, sharp objects can easily gouge it which makes it difficult to repair. Heavy furniture has to put on protective pads so that the tiles will not ‘pop out’ while moving those types of furniture.