The 6 Most Popular Flooring Solutions for Your HomeAugust 15, 2013
If you are renovating your home – or just fancy a change – installing new flooring can be the perfect way to enhance the visual appeal of a room, as well as increase the practicality it offers. However, with a huge range of diverse flooring options out there, it can be difficult to decide which floor will best suit your needs and reflect your personal tastes. So we’ve compiled a list of the six most popular types of flooring – with their various benefits and drawbacks – so we can guide you in getting the most out of your choice.
Floor coverings serve various purposes including protecting floors, safety, the appearance of your room, ease of cleaning and maintenance of the specific floor. The most common types include:
Laminate flooring is made up of multiple layers of moisture resistant high density fibreboard (HDF) which is bonded together under pressure with special resins. It’s economical, very low maintenance and easy to install, making it an excellent solution for high traffic areas. Additionally, it resembles natural materials, comes in a wide range of colours and designs and provides a strong, durable surface which can resist damage, fading and stains.
Its main disadvantage is that should discolouration occur, it is very difficult to repair or refurbish to its original state. Another weakness is that it can be easily damaged by stagnant water.
Linoleum is created naturally from a concoction of linseed oil, cork dust, tree resins, wood flour, pigments and ground limestone. As a result, it is biodegradable and, as such, is a more environmentally friendly option. Additionally, it is naturally anti-bacterial and there are no chemical anti-bacterial agents required during manufacturing or maintenance. It is available in sheet floors – like wooden floors and tiles – and comes in a vast array colours, styles and designs. Its long shelf life means it is incredibly durable and is able to withstand lots of wear and tear, as well as resisting stains.
The major problem with linoleum flooring is that water can cause it to warp and turn very slippery.
Floor tiles are mixtures of clay which are then pressed into shape and fired at high temperatures to produce ceramic, porcelain or natural stone. They are suitable for all types of homes and are fairly easy to replace. Moreover, they’re extremely durable and ideal for wet places – hence their frequent use in kitchens and bathrooms.
The main disadvantage associated with tiles is that they are susceptible to damage; chipping and cracking are common if heavy objects are dropped on them. Additionally, they also become slippery when fluids are spilled on them.
Carpets are textile floor-coverings consisting of two material layers. Comfortable to walk on and one of the more luxurious types of flooring, they also provide an economical way to cover a room or entire house, and they are affordable since they come in various qualities at different costs. They also come in numerous patterns, colours and textures.
However, it’s worth noting that some of the lower quality carpets are less durable and, as such, are prone to wear and tear – especially when placed on a wooden floor. They require high levels of maintenance since they are sensitive to dirt, and soaking them in any type of water can also cause damage.
Vinyl is synthetically manufactured using petroleum. It’s the easiest to install, resilient and waterproof, which makes it an incredibly low maintenance option. Additionally, it does not require periodic sealing or waxing.
The maximum life-expectancy for a vinyl floor is about 15 years. However, whereas linoleum is more resistant to burning, a vinyl floor can be burned by a match or other hot or lit object.
Waterproof Click Flooring
A sub-type of vinyl and laminate flooring, waterproof click flooring is fast becoming one of the flooring industry’s best sellers. This is because it successfully combines visual appeal with high levels of practicality and benefits from being easy to maintain and simple to clean. Additionally, it is very easy to install as it consists of individual pieces of flooring which simply click together – with no underlay or adhesives required.
The waterproof flooring is completely resistant to spillage, moisture and condensation, making it a great option for kitchens and bathrooms. It is also very durable and can withstand heavy traffic.
At Simplicity, we supply a huge range of stunning flooring solutions. So for more information on our range of products – and to discuss your needs with one of our experts – get in touch today or visit our Design Space showroom.
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