The type of flooring you choose will depend on how it looks, how it feels and how long will it last. Equally important is finding the right fit for you that feels welcoming, radiates warmth, and still fits your budget and this can be difficult, given how many different options are now available to choose from. Here’s something that might help –
- Wooden flooring is one of the most popular options because of the elegant and timeless aesthetic appeal it has to offer. There are natural woods to choose from (oak, walnut, ash, etc) with different levels of hardness and a variety of shades and finishes. You also have the option of choosing from solid wood and engineered wood. These are durable, can be refinished multiple times, and raise the value of your home. However, they don’t do well in damp (rotting) and can be expensive.
- Bamboo flooring provides the look and feel of wood but being a member of the grass family, is more resistant to water damage as well as termite attack. It is also an eco-friendly option (less deforestation). However, the glue used for creating the flooring can release harmful volatile compounds in the air which can be risky to health which needs to be considered.
- Stone flooring is extremely durable (can last a lifetime). It offers a variety of colors, textures, and finishes. There is slate (waterproof and affordable), limestone (varying qualities and depths), and others like travertine. However, stone flooring is expensive (material and installation, being labour intensive).
- Cork is extensively used for flooring purposes, is a sustainable material (is renewable and no waste is produced during manufacturing), and eco-friendly, as it is obtained from tree bark without killing the tree. It is slip-resistant, muffles sound to a great degree but is vulnerable to moisture, dents, and tears.
- Laminate flooring is the result of modern engineering that features an extra layer of protection to withstand spills and stains, has a moisture barrier, and comes in various styles (wood, stone, and even ceramics), colours, textures and grains to choose from. It’s cheaper, easy to install, resistant to scratching, and scuffing. However, it is slippery when wet and can be damaged by seepage of standing water into the layers.
- Marble flooring adds a touch of class and luxury to any décor, is extremely durable, harder, and denser than other stone alternatives with a variety of colours to choose from. The downside of marble is its cost and the fact that it is difficult to install, can be scratched easily, and spills need to be taken care of immediately to prevent staining.
The list is a small one, but hopefully gave you some idea of what’s out there. For more information, visit flooring Showroom London.