Choosing a style of flooring for your home
The flooring of any property, be it your home or office, is very important. It is what completes the room, giving it a finished and an attractive look bespoke to your taste. In addition, every room has a unique function, and this means you need to decide upon flooring that is carefully based on your functional and aesthetic needs.
This is a very popular flooring option in most homes. While most laminate floor styles imitate a hardwood floor, they are not made of any wood at all. This flooring material is actually made of a wood composite that is then laminated with a top quality photographic image, often of wood. It can also be made to imitate ceramic, marble, terrazzo or terra cotta. The material is then laminated to produce a high density fibre board base. A durable coating, usually a scratch resistant aluminium oxide, protects the laminate surface.
Pros of laminate flooring material
• Cost effective and more durable compared to wooden floors.
• Usually water, stain, fade and scratch resistant
Real wood flooring is available in various styles and dimensions. Each plank of the wood is made from a single piece of treated timber. This flooring material is very popular due to its natural attraction, longevity and appeal.
Pros of real wooden flooring:
• The simplicity of the wooden flooring material adds exceptional beauty to your home by providing a warm natural and homely touch. It is also very durable and long lasting.
• Of all the flooring materials, wooden flooring is the easiest to install with manufacturers developing installation systems that you can master and apply effectively when fixing your floor. Better still, there are several Do-It-Yourself kits and packages that you can use for your flooring project.
Engineered wood flooring boards are real timber that has been pressed into two or more layers into the form of a plank. The top side of the plank is the finished visible wood that you will see, the core layers however are what make the plank stable. These flooring materials usually consist of three wooden layers whose grains are running across each other.
Pros of engineered wood flooring:
• Unlike real wood, engineered wood flooring has less of a tendency to warp when there are changes in humidity and temperature. This is because the three layers are arranged with grains running in opposite directions, making the flooring material exceptionally sturdy. As a result, engineered wooden flooring can be used in areas like basements, which have been off limits to timber before.
• Like real wood, they are very durable and long-lasting, however will need to be looked after to ensure they maintain they attractive look