Different Kinds of Flooring
There are many different types of flooring available from inexpensive options such as laminate, linoleum and vinyl, to more costly choices such as marble, stone and solid wood. Laminate Flooring Laminate flooring has become very popular in recent years. It works by printing high resolution images on to planks. These can emulate wood (this is the most common), stone or ceramic tiles. The print layer is protected by a tough, durable layer. Laminate makes a good choice for families on a limited budget as it is fairly low cost. It is also hard wearing, scratch resistant, looks modern and is very easy to keep clean. The main disadvantage with laminate is the fact that it can’t be sanded or refinished if it is heavily worn or has deep scratches. Solid Wooden Flooring Hardwood flooring has been popular for many, many years. It looks extremely stylish and adds that touch of elegance to any room. If hardwood floors are looked after properly they can last a lifetime. It’s not uncommon to find original hardwood floors in one hundred year old properties. Scratches and marks can be removed by sanding them down and re-staining. Hardwood floors are also low maintenance as they are easy to keep clean. However, care should be taken to remove debris that may scratch the surface. One of the main disadvantages with hardwood flooring is the cost. Ceramic Tiles Ceramic tiles are waterproof, so they make a great choice for bathrooms and kitchens. That’s not to say that they can’t be used in other rooms. They are also durable, easy to keep clean and they are available in many different colours. Ceramic tiles can be quite slippy, but if this is a concern it is possible to purchase them with an anti-slip surface.The main drawback with this kind of flooring is the fact that it can get very cold. Marble Flooring Marble flooring has been used for centuries. It gives a sense of grandeur to any home creating a unique royal look. The main disdvantage with marble is the cost – it doesn’t come cheap! It can also be slippy and can become scratched easily. Furthermore, it is also fairly cold underfoot, so is perhaps not suitable for homes in colder climates. Linoleum Flooring Linoleum has been used as a floor covering for over a hundred years. However, it was not until the middle of the twentieth century that it became very popular. Linoleum is a natural biodegradable product which means that it is environementally friendly. It is made from rosin, linseed oil, limestone, and cork or wood dust. It should not be confused with vinyl which is a synthetic product. Linoleum doesn’t have many disadvantages, but it can fade if exposed to sunlight.