All About Flooring, Carpeting And Rugs

Any home, from the simplest apartment to the most modern condominium unit and even the grandest mansion, will need proper flooring, carpets and rugs. Any room in the home can benefit from having the most appropriate flooring, carpets and rugs. Indeed, a room makeover or a whole house makeover can be achieved by simply changing the flooring, carpeting and rugs.

It is important for flooring, carpets and rugs to be appropriate for a room not just aesthetically but also in terms of function. This is because using flooring, carpets and rugs that are not fit for the use intended for a room may actually pose a hazard to people.

Hardwood, tile, vinyl and laminate flooring are very much in demand.

Hardwood flooring can either be solid hardwood flooring or engineered hardwood flooring. The strips or planks of solid hardwood flooring are sanded and stained after they are bought by the customer. The customer can therefore customize solid hardwood flooring by choosing the shade of stain to be used. Engineered hardwood flooring is also made of real wood, but layers are laminated together to fuse. Both solid hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring can be protected against stains and early wear and tear through proper sealing after installation. Maintenance of both types of hardwood flooring is easy with only mopping and vacuuming.

Natural stone tile flooring come as granite, slate, marble and limestone tiles. Granite tile is recommended for kitchens and areas of high human traffic due to its strength, density and resistance to moisture and bacteria. Slate tile is recommended for bathrooms and pool sides due to its strength and its being slip resistant even when wet. Marble tile is not recommended for areas of high human traffic due to its being slippery. Limestone tile, like glass tile and metal tile, is recommended for decorative use only due to its fragility.

Vinyl flooring has no-wax vinyl, urethane vinyl and enhanced urethane vinyl variants. The best of the three is enhanced urethane vinyl flooring which can be used even in bathrooms due to its resistance to moisture and harsh household chemicals.

Laminate flooring is available in a wide range of designs and colors, including ones that capture the look of natural stone flooring or hardwood flooring. It is, however, surprisingly less expensive while being more durable and resistant to moisture, warping, staining, scratching and fading.

An alternative to flooring is carpeting. The entire floor area can be covered by carpets such as broadloom carpets and wool berbers. Another option is to layer the carpeting over some parts of the flooring. Of course, the flooring and carpeting should complement each other aesthetically.

Rugs such as runner rugs, area rugs and round rugs may also be layered over complementary flooring or carpeting. Oriental rugs are popular favorites.

It is best to seek the advice of professional experts in flooring, carpeting and rugs when choosing what is most appropriate for ones home. The best and most reputable suppliers will gladly provide this service to customers.