One of the first things you notice when you walk into a household is the floor. It’s literally all over the place, and you can’t really get anywhere without walking on it. It also takes up a very large area, as it is the base as well as the foundation.
For home owners, this could be a bit of a struggle. Precisely because it takes up such a large area, choosing the flooring material is a huge decision that you will have to make peace with for a long, long time, unless you are completely loaded with money. While a lot of us would quite like having a giant aquarium housing a shark underneath a glass floor, most of us, unfortunately, would have to settle with the more orthodox options.
The first material most new most owners look at are vinyl tiles. It’s by far the easiest to install, as well as the cheapest. Someone who is heavily into DIY will probably go with this option, since you can do it by yourself within a weekend, depending on how big a room you plan on covering.
The second most popular material solid timber, which can arguably reign as the most cost effective flooring material you can find. Granted, the initial investment is quite large, which is why some people don’t bother giving it a chance. The groan of regret can still be heard echoing through the halls of what could have been floored with wood. Installing solid timber flooring will give your home a longevity that you will not experience with other materials. Wood ages incredibly well, and maintenance is organic and not as difficult as some may assume.
Linoleum is another very popular flooring material, especially in modern homes, rivaled only by classic wood flooring. Marble floors are becoming more and more common, since it’s pretty easy to clean and you will have a lot more flexibility in terms of design, especially in terms of colors. If you wanted to go eccentric, this might be your best bet. Beware of cracks, though.
Ceramic tile flooring is another classic, and is great for porches and other outdoor amenities, as well as kitchens. Baked clay and minerals are jam packed into a material that is rustic and comfortable, as well as non-slippery, which is always a plus.
Cork flooring is not as common as the others, but is pretty organic and useful. It’s a softer type of material, which helps traps heat, lessen general impact and decrease the sound of footsteps. This is definitely not for everyone, and will also definitely not work for every room in the house. It’s a great choice for a kitchen, though.
There are other types of flooring that range in design in prices. Choosing your flooring will mostly be up to your own personal preference, your budget as well as which rooms you will be installing flooring in. At the end of the day, however, if you really can’t choose, you can’t go wrong with the classics, such as hardwood (timber) and linoleum.