When renovating their home or having it built, one of the first things a homeowner will think of is the type of flooring they want to use in each room. Different types of floors have strengths and drawbacks depending on the room where they’re installed and the makeup of the household. Are there pets or young children? This has to be taken into account when selecting flooring for the house. Below are some of the most popular flooring choices.
Stone floors are elegant and beautiful. They are nearly indestructible, and they don’t absorb odors or bacteria. Stone is good in just about every room and hallway, except the bedrooms. One thing about stone is that it’s highly recommend that you clean it fairly frequently to keep it in top form.
The drawbacks are that stone is hard on the feet and delicate items can break when dropped on stone floors. Both of these issues can be mitigated with the placement of carpets and mats. Stone is also heavy, so the homeowner and builder should be certain that the subfloor can support it. Types of stone that are used as flooring include granite, marble, travertine, limestone, and slate.
Tile floors are great for heavy foot traffic and are ideal for places that are subject to lots of humidity and heat, such as the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room. Firing at high temperatures makes ceramic tile water resistant, so it does not have to be sealed like most stone. Tile is very tough and durable, and it is available in an amazing variety of colors, sizes, and designs.
It’s important to note, that tile, like stone, is hard on the feet. It is also notoriously cold in the morning, a problem that can be helped with mats or even radiant heating placed under the floor. If the tiles have grout between them, the grout will also need to be sealed to repel dirt and bacteria.
Hardwood comes from deciduous trees such as oak, ash, maple, birch, walnut, and hickory. Unlike stone or tile, wooden floors are quite comfortable to walk on, and they are also very durable and strong if properly maintained. Hardwood floors need to be sealed and protected from heavy furniture, high heels, water, spills, and direct sunlight.
Nothing is as soft and luxurious as carpeting. Carpeting is soft enough to protect younger people when they trip and fall, and synthetic carpets that repel dirt and are easy to clean are good for children’s bedrooms and playrooms. They come in so many colors and patterns that there is one that’s just right for any room.
A homeowner should choose their flooring carefully because they will have to live with it for a long time. Make sure to account for foot traffic, aesthetics and durability when choosing a floor.
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