Pros And Cons Of Different Flooring Types
If you are looking for the perfect flooring for your dream home or office space, it pays to take time and consider the pros and cons of each flooring type. This can be a time saver especially if you are looking to move in to your new place or want to make your place presentable to your guests.
Floorings typically are covering to help protect your floor. Loose materials that serve as your floor cover is called floor covering and an example of which can be a rug or a carpet. Floorings that are installed are called resilient floorings and can either be made of ceramic, wood or stone.
Carpets are popular in the United States and most homes have wall to wall carpets. Carpets not only help prevent liquid stains from damaging your floor, it also help prevent any slips and noise especially when one has to come home or work late at night. Wall-to-wall carpets usually require professional installation and tend to be expensive although it is preferred by most. The only disadvantage with wall-to-wall carpets is that it cannot be moved and should be treated thoroughly to maintain its life as well as prevent it from becoming a breeding ground of bacteria.
If you have not decided on fully furnishing your home with carpets or do not have the budget, you can use rug or carpets that are loose. Some prefer this, as it is easy to clean as well as gives the home a warm and comfortable atmosphere to it. Some homeowners also prefer certain areas of their home to be carpet free especially if they have pets at home.
Wood floorings are also popular, often preferred by homeowners because they give the place a warm feeling to it, are more affordable, and can easily be installed by the owners themselves. Brazilian Cherry, Ebony, Teak, Walnut, Red Oak, Mahogany, Bamboo and White Oaks are just some of the popular woods used in wood floorings. Laminated floorings are also available and can mimic natural wood patterns. Laminated floorings are cheaper compared to installing actual wood floors. It can also withstand heavy objects as well as water and is scratch resistant making it ideal for homeowners with kids or pets at home.
One eco-friendly wood covering is the Cork flooring. The plank is made of natural cork oak tree and is more durable than most wood type floors. What sets the cork flooring apart is that it is comfortable to walk through and does not stress the feet and is hypoallergenic which makes it the perfect flooring for young kids and the elderly. One disadvantage with this type of flooring is that it can be easily damaged by heavy objects. Mopping the floor with water can also damage the floor planks as the cork easily absorbs water and as such, rags or other cleaning materials to be used should be considered.
Although relatively expensive, stone flooring is considered as one of the best because of its durability and stain resistance and it can be aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. Although stones are beautiful, there are also some disadvantages to it including the installation price as well as the expense of the material itself. Common stones used include marbles, slates, granite and limestone. When choosing which stones to use, it is important to learn which one would best suit you.
Resilient floorings are ideal for high traffic areas. It is not only durable but it is also resistant to stains, water and dirt. Resilient floorings come in many types ranging from the most affordable to the most expensive; and homeowners are sure to find one that they prefer.
Vinyl, rubber and linoleum are the most common resilient flooring materials. The most common resilient flooring for commercial spaces is the vinyl or the vinyl composition tile (VCT) as they are cost effective and homeowners would find it easy to install. Homeowners who are looking for durability, high impact resistance and stability would find vinyl the perfect flooring.
Linoleum is another resilient type of flooring material that is gaining popularity for its aesthetic beauty. Linoleums are easy to install and are made of natural ingredients. One disadvantage with the linoleum is that it should be finished thoroughly as it is quite permeable.
For kitchens or other designated wet areas, the best flooring would be ceramic tiles. Ceramic tiles can also be used as counter tops, floor tiles and even for outdoors. Ceramic tiles are available in textured, embossed, matte and glazed. Ceramic tile prices depend on the quality so it is important to choose the best possible tiles that would fit your budget.