The type of flooring that is down in a house can have a massive impact on its overall feel and appearance. It can also effect the value of the property. Potential buyers do not want to see scratched and marked wooden flooring or stained, shabby carpets. In this piece of writing we will look at the many different kinds of flooring that are available.
Hardwood floors have been popular for centuries. They went out of favour a little bit when carpet was all the rage. However, they have had a recent resurgence in popularity. They are extremely attractive; they make any room look upmarket and elegant. They come in a complete variety of diferent woods including oak, cherry, pine, walnut and birch.
For those who like the look of wood, but are on a tight budget, laminate is the answer. It can simulate the appearance of many different woods and it is also very simple to install. Laminate is easy to keep clean and is also hard wearing. Modern printing techniques mean that other designs, in addition to wood, can also be simulated. For example, it is now possible to buy laminate that has the appearance of a stone floor.
As mentioned previously, carpet has lost some of its appeal in recent years. However, it does have a number of advantages. First and foremost, it offers a soft and cosy feel. Rooms with carpet have a warm ambience. It is also great for families with little ones, as it provides a soft landing surface for all those falls and bumps that small children tend to have. It also gives them somewhere nice to play. Carpet comes in almost any colour that the customer requests.
Cork flooring is generally not at the top of most people’s list when it comes to flooring, but it is a great alternative. It is warm and cushion soft along with being easy to clean. However, its main advantage is that it is extremely environmentally friendly. As it is made from tree bark it is a natural and renewable resource. Some people may ask – why is that different to hardwood? Well, the stripping of the bark does the tree no harm and the bark eventually grows back. Cork trees can live for a couple of centuries and can, therefore, be harvested on many occasions.
Ceramic tiles come in a range of different shades; they also look stylish and current. They are waterproof, so are great in bathrooms or kitchens. They are also easy to keep clean as stains and spillages can simply be mopped away. Modern printing techniques have allowed ceramic tiles to be produced that simulate other materials such as wood.