Types of Flooring

There are many different kinds of flooring that can be used in domestic properties.

Solid Wood

One of the most enduring types of flooring is solid wood. In fact, it was the flooring of choice during the early part of the Twentieth Century. Despite a fall in popularity following the introduction of the wall to wall carpets during the sixties and seventies, it is widely used and is one of the most beautiful and classic types of flooring. It has a number of plus points. First of all, it is relatively hard wearing and will last for decades. It can easily be sanded down and restored to its original condition if it does become damaged. It is also very easy to keep clean – spillages can be mopped up quickly and easily. In addition, it has fade resistant properties meaning it will remain the same shade for many years. The main downside of this type of flooring is the fact that it is fairly expensive. However, many homeowners look upon it as an investment that will last for years and add value to the property.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring has enjoyed a massive growth in popularity over the last twenty years or so. It is a cheaper alternative to solid wood flooring, but can still look modern and chic. As with hardwood flooring, spillages can easily be cleaned away. It is also scratch resistant, and fairly straightforward to put down. It is available in many different styles and can emulate a number of different surfaces. The main drawback with laminate flooring is the fact that it can be difficult to replace sections if they become damaged.

Ceramic Tiling

Perhaps the most waterproof of all the different kinds of flooring, this is a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms. Ceramic tiles are also highly stained resistant, along with being very easy to keep clean. They are available in a variety of different finishes including both matte and embossed. For those who are worried about slipping on wet tiles, it is now possible to purchase them with an anti-slip coating. Unfortunately, tiling can be very cold underfoot and it can also be quite noisy.

Carpet

This type of flooring has fallen out of favour with homeowners over recent years. However, it still has a number of advantages over products such as hardwood and stone. It is the ultimate kind of flooring for those looking to achieve a warm and cozy feel. It is soft underfoot making it a perfect choice for bedrooms. It also provides a soft landing for those household members who may be vulnerable to falls. As any parent will know, toddlers can fall over numerous times a day! Unfortunately, carpet is not as easy to keep clean as other kinds of flooring. It is also more susceptible to fading.