How to Choose the Best Flooring for your Home
Flooring is a key part of any home. It provides comfort, beauty and protection for your floors. But with so many different types of flooring available, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. This guide will help you to choose the best flooring for your home based on your needs and budget.
1. Carpeted flooring
There are three general categories of carpets: wool, synthetic, and jute. Wool carpets are undoubtedly the finest quality in terms of durability, appearance, feel underfoot, and resilience. They are extremely comfortable to walk on. However wool carpets do not wear well in high traffic areas especially when exposed to sunlight for long period of time.
Synthetic carpets were created to provide the comfort and beauty of wool at a lower price point. These carpets typically contain nylon or polyester fibers for strength and durability while textured yarns create the plush feel similar to that found with wool carpeting. Some manufacturers offer stain-resistant treatments which help protect your investment in these types of carpet.
Jute carpets are made from the fiber of jute plants. The natural fiber is very durable and often used to make burlap sacks. Jute's rustic appearance adds warmth to a room at much less cost than wool carpeting. However it does not wear as well as other types of carpeting or stand up to high traffic areas. It is important that you use proper padding under your carpet depending on how it will be used in your home.
For everyday walking aream install plush, rubber back carpet with latex cushion for maximum comfort and resilience.
A secondary "dining" type carpet should be installed over this primary walking floor covering for added protection against spills and stains plus the dining type pattern will hide soiling within its pattern.
2. Vinyl flooring
Vinyl flooring is available in sheet goods, tiles, and planks. Sheet goods are the least expensive of all vinyl products but they require glue to install them. Tiles can be relatively easy to install in a snap-together fashion or glued in place just like the sheet goods.
They offer a large selection of patterns and textures that can mimic many other types of floors such as ceramic tile, marble, slate, travertine, stone, and wood.
Vinyl plank flooring looks very much like wood planks without any seams so it's great choice if you want the beauty of hardwood floors but want the ease of installation and lower maintenance costs provided by vinyl floor covering.
Different from conventional VCT, luxury vinyl tile is friendly to the environment.
3. Laminate flooring
A type of engineered wood floor, laminate floor is available in planks, tiles, and strips. The surface is made with a photographic image printed on high-density fiberboard (HDF) which are covered by melamine resins or synthetic wear layers for added protection against abrasion and stains.
Some manufacturers offer stain resistant finishes that protect your investment into these types of floors even further.
On the market today, there are many styles with different colors and textures that give you options to find one that matches decor of your home perfectly.
4. Wood Flooring
Solid wood floors are heirlooms for generations but proper care must be provided. The best choice to match with your family's busy lifestyle, hardwood flooring is available in different types of wood.
Each type has its own specific installation requirement and wearing quality. However all share the same need for proper care and maintenance.
5.Ceramic and Porcelain Tile
Ceramic tile is a good choice for your home's floors if you plan on installing since it comes in a variety of styles, colors, and textures that will match perfectly with any existing decorating scheme or design theme. Moreover ceramic tiles are available in many types but it's important to take into account water absorbency when choosing this type of covering material.
For example, high-gloss glazed tiles create a surface that has lower water absorbency than matte glazed or oil rubbed bronze finishes which have higher water absorbency ratings. Therefore it's essential to take into account the amount of exposure to water or moisture your floor will receive, then choose a tile that's appropriate for that exposure.
There's no one right answer for which flooring is the best. It all depends on your lifestyle, budget, and preferences.
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