Some Facts on Home Flooring, Carpeting and Rugs

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Any space, whether residential or commercial, is immediately enhanced by the appropriate choice of flooring, carpeting, and rugs. Conversely, the wrong flooring, carpeting, and rugs can ruin the look of a room even if the rest of the interior decor has been well designed. Furthermore, the wrong type of flooring, carpeting, and rugs not suited to the function of an area may even pose dangers such as slippage. You cannot, therefore, take your choice of flooring, carpeting, and rugs for granted.

When choosing your flooring, your options include hardwood, tile, vinyl, and laminate. There are two types of hardwood flooring. One is solid hardwood flooring which is bought either in planks or strips. Every plank or strip is made of an actual solid piece of wood. This is sanded and customized with your choice of finish. The other type is engineered hardwood flooring. This is made of several layers of hardwood sheets which are laminated together with their grains in different directions.

The typical number of layers ranging from three to five. Because of its engineered design, this type of hardwood flooring is actually more stable and durable than solid hardwood flooring. It can even resist moisture and can be used in damp areas such as basements. Both solid and engineered hardwood flooring needs proper sealing. This prevents easy absorption of wet spills and the development of stains. Properly sealed solid or engineered hardwood flooring can be maintained easily with weekly mopping and regular vacuuming.

There are four types of tile flooring: natural stone tiles, ceramic tiles, glass tiles, and metal tiles. Natural stone tiles also come in four variants: granite, slate, marble, and limestone. Granite is the strongest and also has the highest density, making it resistant to moisture and the growth of bacteria.

It is therefore recommended for kitchens and high traffic areas. Slate is also considered durable and strong, with a slip-resistant natural texture ideal for wet areas such as poolsides and patios. Marble is beautiful but is recommended for use in floors with less traffic, mostly indoors.

Limestone is soft and is, therefore, mostly used for decorative purposes. Ceramic tiles have three types: glazed ceramic tiles, unglazed ceramic tiles, and ceramic mosaic tiles. They are durable and can be used in wet areas such as poolsides and bathrooms.Glass and metal tiles are not used by themselves as flooring but only as design accents.

There are three types of vinyl flooring which can be bought in sheets or tiles: no-wax, urethane, and enhanced urethane vinyl. No-wax vinyl flooring is the oldest type and the least durable. Urethane vinyl flooring has been improved to have a higher resistance to staining and scuffing.

The best choice, however, is enhanced urethane vinyl flooring which is not only resistant to staining and scuffing but also to moisture and damage from most household chemicals. It can even be used in bathrooms. Maintenance is easy with just sweeping or mopping.

Vinyl flooring comes in various colors and designs, with some designs even looking like hardwood and natural stone. Laminate flooring is similar to engineered hardwood because it is made up of four layers laminated together. Various designs can look like hardwood, natural stone, and tile but are actually more durable at a lower price. Another choice in flooring treatment in carpeting.

Carpet pile or fiber yarns come as cut pile, loop pile or cut & loop pile. The most popular choices in carpets are broadloom carpets and wool Berbers. Rugs may be layered on top of any type of flooring, and even on top of carpeting, depending on your interior design scheme. More elegant interiors usually opt for Oriental rugs.

You may also want to use runner rugs, area rugs, and round rugs. Make sure you choose the most fitting flooring, carpeting, and rugs for your space in order to enhance both the aesthetics and function of your space.

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