Other living areas are subject to personal choice and taste. The options vary from tiles, carpet or even wood.
Tiles offer a wide range of choices when it comes to patterns and styles. They give one the ability to explore and be creative according to their own accord. However, tiles can be cold and hard for the underfoot hence not the suitable option if you are seeking a more cozy feeling.
Wood flooring has multiple advantages for the home- natural beauty, Stain-resistant, easy-to-clean, long-term versatility and is easier for your feet and back. Different woods have different quality grades that alter the cost and appearance of wood floors. There exist different widths of the flooring, the narrow strips in which the width is 2.75 inches and plank flooring which the width is up to 7 inches. The general appearance of the room is affected by the latter’s choice. It is not encouraged to use wood for the basement instead you can use wood laminate.
Carpeting is a great option for flooring.Carpeting is most suitable for bedrooms, and anywhere there is a lot of traffic- it provides warmth and intimacy. Carpets also have a certain extent of sound proofing and insulation. There exist different types of carpets such as wool, resilient nylon, and wool. Keep in mind the quality of the carpet for determining the life span. Carpets are to be avoided if there’s someone in the house who suffers from respiratory allergies or sensitivity to chemicals that aggravate this condition. Carpets trap dust, fur, and hair which may lead to allergies. If so, opt for hardwood floors, tiles, and laminates which are easy to keep allergen-free.
Before installation, you need to know the level which the floor should be installed whether it’s above grade (ground level), above grade (above ground level) and below grade( basements and below ground level).
On and above grade level you will be inclined to use laminate, vinyl sheet, ceramic, vinyl tile and linoleum as they are more suitable compared to wood or cork. Ensure the concrete has dried up before installing any flooring especially if it hard wood which may result in warping due to moisture.
Below grade, flooring is susceptible to moisture and therefore require one to be more careful during installation. If the subfloor is concrete, hardwood flooring should be avoided for below grade installation. Nevertheless, engineered hardwood can be used instead.
Note that Ultraviolet rays have the ability to change the floor’s color. Hence, be cautious of the type of flooring and in which room you’ll use them in. Species such as the Brazillian Cherry tend to get a shade darker after exposure to direct sunlight leading to a shift in design change. Vinyl floors today are exquisite, they retain the original color even after sunlight exposure.
These materials have different maintenance needs to make them last longer and maintain their aesthetic outlook. Tile or stone is durable but will quickly damage for lack of proper and regular cleaning. Wood floors should be regularly swept and vacuumed to avoid scratches and to dull.
Flooring is not as easy as it seems- it requires effort and proper research before any action is taken. Visit the different showrooms and building supply outlets as a step further into online research. Always plan, go through issues like- the people using the room, the aura you intend to create, the look you need to achieve, the amount of space there is, the purpose of the room, the different types of materials, color and the amount of money in question for installation and maintenance. These key factors will guide you into choosing the perfect and most suitable flooring.