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    Popular Floor Covering Options And Their Advantages

    May 10th, 2012 , Last Modified: May 10th, 2012

    Ceramic Tile

    Ceramic tile is a very popular floor covering and this can be attributed to its durability and limitless design patterns.  It works well with high traffic areas and is suitable for areas that usually get wet, especially the kitchen and the bathroom. There are several sizes, patterns, textures, and colors to choose from. In addition, you can make use of tiles to bring out your creativity.

    With the proper combination of tile colors and textures, you can lay out creative geometric designs and create an infinite number of patterns. The durability and flexibility of tile makes it one of the best options for floor covering. It is also environmentally friendly and does not easily get damaged by environmental factors like humidity and heat.

    Ceramic tile is made from natural materials and can withstand high traffic areas, extreme moisture, and extreme heat. It is also more hygienic as compared to other floor coverings like carpet. It comes in a variety of styles so you do not have to worry about finding patters that fit the interior design of a room. In addition, its ability to repel heat and moisture make it less prone to organic growth such as molds and mildew. Lastly, tile is very easy to maintain and clean. It can be easily cleaned with a damp mop or a broom.

    Laminate

    Laminate is another good option. It is made out of 3-5 layers of wood engineered to provide resistance against contraction and expansion which results from the effects of heat and moisture. Laminate is engineered to be thinner and more stable. It provides a dent-resistant floor covering feature essential for high foot traffic. This floor option can be used to cover concrete subfloors as well.

    There are a lot of reasons to love laminate flooring. First of all, it has a unique appearance that makes it look like real stone and wood. It cannot be easily dented and is highly resistant to scratches, thus making it a good choice for flooring contractors. Its realistic appearance makes it a cheaper alternative to real wood or stone. In addition, it is easy to install and easy to maintain. It is perfect for bathrooms and kitchens as well.

    Solid Hardwood

    The use of the traditional hardwood floor covering is still a very popular option to today’s homeowners. Usually, each hardwood floor board has a thickness of ¾-inch. It is quite durable and comes in either unfinished or pre-finished options. Hardwood flooring provides the home with a distinctive aesthetic quality due to its natural look and texture. If you plan to sell your home in the future, having hardwood floors can increase its value. Therefore, it is a very wise investment indeed.

    One of the best advantages of hardwood flooring is its ability to adapt to any type of home décor. It does not go out of style in a way. It is very durable and can last for many years as long as it is maintained properly. However, it also has the tendency to rot when exposed to extreme moisture for extended periods of time. Nonetheless, with proper care, it can last for decades to come.

    Vinyl

    When it comes to affordable floor covering options, vinyl is the best candidate. It is resilient and cost-effective. With the use of vinyl tiles, you can save up to 75-90% of the cost as compared to other types of floor covers. The installation of vinyl floor boars is quite easy. It simply needs to be glued to the subfloor properly and it will last for many years.

    Vinyl flooring comes in various designs and patterns. There are designs that mimic the appearance of wood, stone, and tile. It is ideal to be used in bedroom floors, kitchen floors, and living room floors. It is easy to clean and maintain, and provides a softer surface as compared to other flooring options.

    Carpet

    Carpet is simply the most elegant floor covering among all those mentioned. It comes in very luxurious designs and can be made from different types of materials. During cold seasons, it provides excellent insulation from the cold temperature, thus adding warmth inside the home. 

    Carpet provides a cushioned walking surface and is perfect if there are children inside the home. The soft cushion also provides additional insulation from noise, which makes it ideal for creating a nice and quiet environment within the home. Carpets can be installed as permanent floor covering or can be simply placed on top of other floor covers.
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