the right kind of flooring for your house can be a daunting task. You
have to match your personal tastes with the practical aspects of
flooring. In a house, it is the floor that takes the most beating as it is subject to a whole lot of treading and dragging upon. It is subjected to constant movement of people, of machinery and furniture and is subjected to dirt stains and spills - all of which contribute to the wear and tear of the flooring. The flooring material has not only to withstand these pressures, but also has to keep shining
and glinting all the time. Hence, it is critical to make a good choice.
Types of flooring
Flooring is normally made of tiles of diverse materials such as marble, slate, granite, limestone, bricks and cork tiles. A mosaic of materials like clay, glass and marble also makes for a
tiling option. Other options for flooring include wooden flooring and
importance of choosing tough flooring cannot be underscored more. There
is a wide variety of flooring available in the market but it can be
very confusing. One small mistake can prove counterproductive. When you
go to choose the flooring, ask yourself a few questions:
Which flooring will enhance the decor of my house?
Will it blend with the furniture?
How durable is the tile?
Does it fit into my budget?
What is the style or shape of the tiles?
Factors you need to consider
Visual appeal is considered to be the most important aspect while selecting a flooring material.
Since floors are spread on a large area, it captures the attention of a
person immediately. Flooring should look pleasant, neat and attractive.
When a person walks into your house the floor should mesmerize the guest.
You must check the durability of the flooring, the extent of wear and tear it can take on rough usage. Movement of people and furniture, dust particles from shoes and from windows, insects and dampness - all these - test the strength of the floor. But durability must not be measured in terms of number of years the floor sustains, alone. It should also take into account how well the floor
maintains its appearance. For instance, marble is long lasting but it
gets stained very fast. Similarly, wooden floors are warm and easy to
clean but are not water-resistant.
Colour of the floor should be soothing to the eyes. It should be in harmony with the furniture present in the room. The wall should always complement the floor
in colour and design. Light colour flooring is not advisable for
families with small kids and pets. Light flooring gets soiled easily
and it becomes very evident. Dark colours are easy to maintain.
Dark-colored flooring can make a large room seem more intimate.
should provide you warmth and comfort. You should feel good to walk
barefoot in the house. Most importantly, the flooring should not be
slippery; this can be particularly hazardous for old disabled people
and small children. Marble and granite are very attractive and can be
comfortable but at the same time they are very slippery. Avoid using
them, particularly in the bathroom.
Design and Texture
designs are available in tiles. There are plain tiles, tiles with
simple patterns, wooden panels, intricately patterned and so on. Many
prefer dark tiles because they hide dirt and don't look as soiled as
the lighter ones. Natural material like wood has its own texture and
finish and look very attractive.
or highly polished floor will reflect more light compared to a dark
floor. Harsh direct sunlight for long period of time can discolour the
exposed surface of the floor.
is the main factor around which you should build your choice. The
flooring costs include not just the cost of the material that is
obvious, but other hidden factors, too. The hidden costs include
installation cost, material durability and maintenance expense. First,
get a few estimates from various retailers depending upon the area of
your house. Ensure that the product you select has some form of
guarantee. You can select different kind of tiles for different rooms
depending upon the usage. For instance, marble or granite can be used
for a drawing room, whereas ceramic flooring can be used for kitchen and bathroom. This way you can economise on your flooring expenditure.
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