All sorts of residential units, such as condominium units, apartments, townhouses and even palatial mansions, use flooring, carpets and rugs. This is possible across the board because flooring, carpets and rugs come in various styles, from the most basic to the most opulent. They can be used to coordinate with any interior design look, from shabby chic to modern minimalist to ornate elegance. In fact, you can change the look of any room in the house without changing your furniture or paint if you simply change your flooring, carpets and rugs.
The aesthetic impact of flooring or carpets and rugs is indeed undeniable. More than that, however, flooring, carpets and rugs are also functional. It is actually very important that the appropriate flooring, carpets and rugs are used in relation to the function of an area. Otherwise, you could actually create hazards for people. Fortunately, the available options in flooring, carpets and rugs include not just a wide variety of looks but a wide choice of functional characteristics as well. When in doubt, you can always ask for professional advice from your dealer.
In the area of flooring choices, most people seem to have a marked preference for hardwood, tile, vinyl and laminate flooring.
When considering hardwood flooring, you will have to weigh your options between solid hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring. You can buy solid hardwood flooring in strips or planks that will then need to be sanded then stained. Solid hardwood flooring is customized by the customer with his preferred color for staining. Engineered hardwood flooring is created by fusing together and laminating several layers of real wood. Both solid hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring should be properly installed and sealed in order to be protected from spills and stains. Simple mopping and vacuuming done regularly will maintain both types of hardwood flooring.
When considering tile flooring, you will have to weigh your options among natural stone, ceramic mosaic, glass and metal tiles.
Natural stone tile flooring comes in the form of granite, slate, marble and limestone tiles. Granite tile is the strongest and most dense, is antibacterial and moisture resistant. It is the best choice for kitchens and areas with high traffic. Slate tile is also strong and is slip resistant even when wet. It is the best choice for bathrooms and pool sides. Marble tile is slippery and should not be used in areas with high traffic. Limestone tile is soft and is best used mostly as an accent tile for decorative purposes, much like glass and metal tiles.
When considering vinyl flooring, you will have to weigh your options among no-wax vinyl, urethane vinyl and enhanced urethane vinyl. Enhanced urethane vinyl flooring is the latest innovation and is therefore superior to the other two. It resists moisture and harsh household chemicals, and can even be used in bathrooms. Only regular sweeping and mopping are necessary for maintenance. Vinyl flooring is available in many designs and colors, including some that mimic the look of natural stone or hardwood flooring.
When considering laminate flooring, you only have to choose the design and color you prefer. There are also available designs that mimic the look of natural stone flooring or hardwood flooring. Ironically, laminate flooring is more durable while being less costly. After all, laminate flooring resists moisture, warping, staining, scratching and fading.
Instead of flooring you can use carpeting. You could also layer carpets over flooring. Your choices include broadloom carpets and wool berbers, among others.
Rugs can also be used over either flooring or carpeting as runner rugs, area rugs and round rugs. Oriental rugs are the most popular.
There is a wide choice of flooring, carpets and rugs at Carpet One Floor & Home.