What Floor Do You Need? Tips For Making A Selection

December 18, 2017 by Ryder Wheare | Filed under Industrial Services.

Installing of a new floor material is a tough decision to make, no matter how experienced you may be with home projects. After all, you can’t just go back on your choice once you have finally made. Therefore, make sure to do it only after you are completely sure of it: be too hasty and you are the one to suffer the consequences (and money loss).

Some basic tips to select a right flooring material are given below. They are not hard and fast rules: just some pieces of advice to get you started in your own research, which you should continue doing by yourself afterwards:

The Durability

Flooring must be durable: there is no question about it. Nevertheless, not all floors resist abuse and wear in the same way. For example, hardwood floors won’t crack like ceramic tiles once you drop something onto them. Nevertheless, they are prone to be easily scratched by sharp blades. Laminate floorings are even more susceptible to this, while floors made of natural stone will not even budge.

The Design

Your chosen flooring must match with your home design at least partly. Opt for wooden floorings such as quick step arc bamboo varieties an added touch of class and prestige. You can even order something exotic like Italian marble floors of, if customization is a major requirement, some custom made ceramic tiles of a colourful variety.

The Moisture

Moisture and water resistance plays a major role in selecting a type of floor. For example, floors such as quick step colonial bamboo floors are highly susceptible to even a slight presence of water and will get ruined because of that. On the other hand, you can expect vinyl tiles to do quite well in this regard. Their anti-slipping property (like that provided by rubber floors) make them suitable for use in bathrooms and even some kitchens.

The Budget

Unfortunately, you may not always have a big budget to dedicate to your floor. As a result of that, you may have to either scale back on your floor or some other area to make your plan work according to the budget you have already set in stone. For those looking for budget flooring solutions, look no further than laminate flooring. Porcelain and Ceramic tiles of various qualities exist at the same price points, but don’t forget that laying them itself can take a lot of time (and money) due to the process being quite labour intensive.

Maintenance Work

Some types of floors require little to almost no maintenance: just a regular clean-up will do fine. Vinyl flooring, as well as ceramic and porcelain tiles, fall under this category. On the other hand, solid hardwood really requires you to maintain it properly for it to last long. Engineered wood fares a little better, but it still requires a decent level of maintenance on your part.

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