Introduction to Different Types of Flooring Options

By: Moses Wright

In the past, vinyl was the choice used for flooring in many homes. It was cheap and lasted a long time. The next big thing was ceramic, when many realized that it could deal with wear and tear at a relatively cheap cost. However, the choices available in the market today are varied and can suit families with different budgets.

While hardwood flooring might be on the expensive side, they are now more lasting and is common in many households. Many types of hardwoods are available and come with different price tags, such as Australian Cypress or Brazilian Walnut. If properly cared for, these floors can last up to 50 years or more. Hardwood floors combine beauty and durability.

Using laminates are a good choice especially if you are trying to be economical or don't want to deal with the hassle of maintaining hardwoods. The faux wood and ceramic patterns both look nice. They're also quite durable, due to their four-layer construction. Being easy to set up is a common consideration and adds to their popularity.

Ceramic flooring options are still much in demand, and it's easy to see why. They can convey a sense of plushness for years if maintained well. AS porcelain is attractive and durable, it is becoming a common choice for those who like ceramics.

Concrete is gaining notice and not just as a choice for the basement floor. Almost every room uses concrete. It can come with a variety of textured surfaces that resemble marbles or tiles. This is great looking flooring at an affordable price.

Of course, no list of flooring options would be complete without mentioning carpeting. Carpeting comes in many styles, with six commonly known types such as cut pile or flatweave. The designs are varied and come in many different hues and shades. Whether you're using simple throw rugs or wall to wall, carpet is an affordable and durable choice.

There is increasing focus being given to what is found beneath the floor as well.

Heating systems are becoming more cost effective all the time. Electric mesh and radiant tubing are two popular choices that keep the floor warm as well as heat the room. This can save you money by eliminating the need to install additional heating sources.

As current flooring requires replacements, focus has shifted to sub-floors as well. Concrete has joined plywood as a popular sub-floor choice. Planking has also become more effective as a sub-floor option. Damage because of insects and water is not as common as wood treatments are better nowadays.

If you are thinking of using tiles, you should take note of the sub-floor and its state. The surface must be level and well prepared to get it to lay correctly.

And still, one must look after it when it has been installed.

All flooring will need some form of cleaning, no matter what you choose. Carpets will need scrubbing. You will need to mop laminated floors or tiles made of ceramic. Greater attention is needed for hardwoods as it is prone to being scratched and will age. Not only must you clean it, you might have to repair it occasionally.

The right flooring can affect the feel of the room. It is more important to maintain your flooring than it is to choose the material. Find out exactly what kind of maintenance requirements are necessary before making your choice.

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