Flooring, carpeting and rugs are needed in any type of dwelling. Whether you live in the most basic apartment or the most luxurious mansion, you can find the specific types of flooring, carpets and rugs appropriate for every room in your home. They come in such a wide range of looks that you can even makeover any room by just changing the flooring, carpets and rugs even if the paint and furnishings remain the same.
Flooring, carpets and rugs are not just decorative elements. In fact, flooring, carpets and rugs are functional elements of a room. It is, therefore, imperative that the flooring, carpets and rugs used in any area are suitable to the use of that area. If not, flooring, carpets and rugs could even be hazardous.
The types of flooring that are in high demand are hardwood, tile, vinyl and laminate flooring.
With hardwood flooring, there is almost equal preference for solid hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring. Solid hardwood flooring is bought in strips or planks that still have to be sanded and stained. Every customer can customize solid hardwood flooring with the preferred shade of stain. Engineered hardwood flooring is made of layers of real wood fused and laminated together. Solid hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring have to be properly sealed after installation. This provides protection against stains. Hardwood flooring maintenance consists only of mopping and vacuuming.
With tile flooring, the most popular are natural stone, ceramic mosaic, glass and metal tiles.
With natural stone tile flooring the most common choices are granite, slate, marble and limestone tiles. For kitchens and high traffic areas, granite tile is best because it is the strongest and densest while being moisture resistant and antibacterial. For bathrooms and pool sides, slate tile is best because it is strong and slip resistant even while wet. Areas with high traffic should not have marble tiles because this is slippery. Limestone tile on the other hand is soft and is more suitable as a decorative accent, as with glass and metal tiles.
With vinyl flooring the options are no-wax vinyl, urethane vinyl and enhanced urethane vinyl. The newest variant, enhanced urethane vinyl flooring, expectedly also has the most advanced features such as resistance to moisture and harsh household chemicals. It can be used even in bathrooms and only requires sweeping and mopping for maintenance. You can choose from many designs and colors of vinyl flooring. It can even look like natural stone or hardwood flooring.
Laminate flooring also comes in various designs and colors. It can also look like natural stone flooring or hardwood flooring but while being much more affordable it is actually even more durable since laminate flooring is resistant to moisture, warping, staining, scratching and fading.
Carpeting can be used to completely replace your flooring, or carpets can also be partially layered over your flooring, depending on the effect you want to achieve. Among the most popular options are broadloom carpets and wool berbers.
Rugs are often layered on top of flooring or carpeting. There are runner rugs, area rugs and round rugs. Oriental rugs are in high demand.
If you need advice in choosing the most appropriate flooring, carpeting and rugs for your particular needs, you can consult the experts at Carpet One Floor & Home.