Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Perfect floor for you home
For many floor seems to be non-significant element of the interior finish. They're wrong! Floor is very important! Well-suited floor makes up perfect background for all your pretty furniture and decorations and creates unique atmosphere in your home. Good floor should be not only pretty and easy to clean, but also suitable for it's purpose. How to choose the perfect floor for your home? We have made some research on the most popular floors and the result is contained below. We hope that it'll help you make your final decision.
Carpets are installed in more homes than any other type of floor covering because of their versatility and affordability.A range of colors, cut pile, tufted or looped styles, construction methods and weights gives endless options.Check the performance rating on the label to see where the carpet rates from 1 to 5 - anything above 4 signifies that it can stand up to extended wear. Ratings below 2.5 should be used in areas with only light traffic such as a bedroom.Look for durable carpeting with characteristics that assure excellence and value. These include the twist, density and type of fiber. Tough nylon and versatile polypropylene or olefin are popular choices.Dense carpets are more comfortable than inexpensive counterparts. Carpet tiles are also available, typically 50 cm square. These are usually only used in commercial settings and are affixed using a special pressure-sensitive glue, which holds them into place while allowing easy removal or to allow rearrangement in order to spread wear.
Pine flooring is one popular option. Walnut, mahogany, maple, cherry and birch are some other hardwood possibilities.It adds real value to your home while providing lasting beauty and aesthetic warmth. And when necessary, a wooden floor can be renewed with additional coats of urethane.The cost of purchasing and installing hardwood floors is a one time event making it a more affordable option than wall to wall carpet with its lifespan of ten years.Most significant characteristic of solid wood floors is that they are not recommended to be installed directly over concrete.Sweep or vacuum regularly since loose sand and grit will scratch. Caring for natural wood floors means protecting them with small mats at exterior doors and in high traffic areas. Use protective feet on furniture legs and remove shoes.
Bamboo flooring tile is the most environmentally friendly floor available today and is a reasonable alternative to using up our forests.Bamboo floor manufacturers and sellers promote its strength, durability as well as resistance to insects and moisture while having the added benefit of being eco friendly.Although the bamboo cane is thin and flimsy looking, it has the tensile strength of steel. A rugged bamboo floor is harder than both red oak and rock maple so that it will stand up to daily use and abuse.Bamboo engineered flooring can be used in most rooms of the house including the kitchen and basement. A floating bamboo floor can be installed over concrete, vinyl and other hard surfaces.Bamboo hardwood flooring expands and contracts half as much as hardwoods and is great in areas of high humidity and significant temperature variation.
Laminate wood flooring is constructed from three layers of material that are stuck together with heat and pressure.Laminate flooring simulates wood (or stone, in some cases) with a photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer.It has the advantages that it is durable, as compared with carpet, and attractive, at a lower cost as compared to natural floor materials.They are versatile and can be used throughout the house including the basement and bathroom or where the subfloor won't allow other types of products.Perfect for homes with a lot of foot traffic - especially children and pets.
Ceramic flooring tiles are highly rated with respect to damage, moisture and stain resistance.Some are suitable for light traffic such as residential bathrooms. Others are rated for busy areas like the front entrance or even commercial buildings.Choose from a variety of flooring options including warm and rustic textured stone, a smooth matte finish or a more formal high gloss marble look. The latter tends to become slippery when wet. A non-skid finish works outdoors on patios or around a swimming pool.
Vinyl flooring is favored over other kinds of flooring materials in high-traffic areas because of its low cost, durability, and ease of maintenance. Vinyl have high resilience to abrasion and impact damage and can be repeatedly refinished.Vinyl flooring is available in a wide range of
contemporary designs - can be purchased with the look of ceramic, stone or hardwood. Installation is straightforward for the do-it-yourself home renovator.They come in no-wax or urethane finish. A urethane finish will resist scuffs, scrapes, stains and heel marks much better than a cheaper alternative.