Replacing old worn-out floors is a big home decoration challenge. Renovating the entire floor is harder than re-painting walls or accessorising. It would help if you also were careful while picking up home flooring options, ensuring long term functionality and usage. Experts also recommend not to pick up cheap flooring materials as they damage frequently. Each flooring type has its own benefits. Consult the professionals for the best choice as per space and budget.
Floorings are a significant investment and home improvement task. Hence it is a wise decision to make your choices only after careful evaluation. For a perfect flooring project and outcome, you should also have a fixed budget estimate in mind.
It is one of the most popular flooring options. The engineers manufacture it with 0.5 and 0.75 inches thick wooden planks or boards. For installation, they nail it to the wooden subfloor.
Wood is a renewable resource; hence it is a sustainable flooring option. You can either buy finished or unfinished hardwood wooden floors according to preference. Factory-installed finishes are more durable and less costly than unfinished wood. Many consumers also look for reclaimed wood floorings recovered from old torn down buildings.
Hardwood floorings usually come in 1.5 to 2.5 inches strips or planks of 4-8 inches wide.
The main advantage of hardwood floors is that they are long-lasting, durable, and give the interiors a rustic look. A significant disadvantage is that it damages from excess moisture by shrinking or swelling up. It is also more vulnerable to dents and scratches.
This material is artificial with a veneer of thin wood layer on top and less expensive plywood underneath. This is how engineered wood is cheaper.
There are a variety of types, including parquet tiles. These are narrow wooden strips arranged in geometric patterns on the top of a mesh or plywood base. Installing engineered wood is the same as natural wooden floorings. The operatives glue down the planks or install floating floors atop a cork or foam underlayer.
It emanates the same outlook as solid wood, but you get it at a marginally low price. These are scratch and dent-resistant, with better sensitivity to temperature changes and humidity. You can also install these wooden floors on top of the concrete subfloor.
The disadvantage is its durability and longevity as compared to solid hardwood.
This wood flooring has a thin veneer over the plywood layer or compressed fibre layer. Therefore, the topmost layer is a clear plastic coating instead of wood.
Laminate floors are available in tiles or planks. You have to add them with glue or nails.
Laminate floorings mimic the outlook of wooden or stone floors. It is durable and resistant o scratches and dents. They need very little maintenance over time. Laminate installation is also easy, which saves both time and money. The disadvantage is that laminate floors get slippery and wet. Hence, they get damaged in humid environments.
For more information about the different flooring types and options, consult Carter Throne Carpets & Flooring for professional services. For all details, kindly get in touch with us at 01293 786924.