Selecting the flooring happens to be one of the most important and also the most confusing decisions that you will make while remodelling your home.
There is so much more to the flooring of a home than mere aesthetics.
Think of it as a surface that you will walk on, your kids will sit, play, run, and grow up on every single day for the next few years at least.
The selection task becomes daunting because, there are a lot more choices than the obvious.
Newer eco-friendly options like bamboo and cork are also gaining popularity.
As a homeowner, this is one of the best times to remodel your home purely because you do not have to compromise on the aesthetics or the functionality.
Here are some of the types of flooring that you can consider for your home.
It is important to know what you can afford to spend for the flooring. This will automatically reduce the number of options you have at hand. For example, if your budget does not allow spending for Italian Marble in all the rooms, you will have to consider using different budget friendly flooring in some parts of the home at least.
Cork is a renewable and eco-friendly flooring material that is sourced from the bark of the Cork Oak tree without cutting it down, as the bark regrows completely in three years. It is softer to walk on than some of the other common materials like hardwood. Also, it is hypoallergenic and resists the growth of bacteria, mould and mildew. It is surprisingly easy to clean and maintain.
Laminate is known as the ‘poor man’s solid wood’ for a reason. It can be used to replicate the look of the most exotic wooden flooring without spending half as much. It is also one of the most durable flooring materials that is resistant to stains, scratches and liquid spills, which allows a homeowner to use it even in areas like the kitchen.
A lot of people confuse linoleum with vinyl. The fact is that Linoleum is an eco-friendly flooring material that is made from a composite of limestone, linseed oil, cork wood and recycled wood floor. The flooring is comfortable, easy to clean and is resistant to the occasional dent or impact.
Be it natural stone like granite, marble, limestone, sandstone or engineered stones like Quartz, they provide a wide range of benefits. They are excellent conductors of heat, are easy to clean and offer unmatched durability. Stone flooring can also be used in the outdoor areas of a home.
Tiles are budget friendly, resistant to scratches, moisture and stains and are extremely easy to clean. The drawback is that they can be slippery and are prone to damage under heavy furniture or if there is an impact. Repairing a tile can also be more difficult that you’d imagine.
The classy choice that never goes out of fashion, wooden flooring has a range of advantages. It is easy to clean, blends with most types of décor themes and is long lasting if well cared for. However, moisture and water can be detrimental for your wooden flooring and cause significant damage.
The best part is that you can also have different flooring in different areas of your home. It is a more practical option and you have endless possibilities. Speak to a home renovation expert to make the right choice.