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Different Types Of Floorings

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In this article, we will try to understand different types of floorings and everything you need to know about them. We will discuss about its composition material and its advantages as well as disadvantages.

Just like your shoes is the first thing people notice about
you, flooring is the first thing people notice about your property. Other
things in the house such as furniture, paint, fittings can be changed quite
easily. But flooring is kind of permanent. It is not changed frequently because
of all the hassle it involves to change it. Also the cost of changing the floor
is high and it is time consuming too.

That is why it is of utmost importance to choose the type of flooring you want very carefully.

Criteria to choose a flooring material

It is challenging to select the type of flooring for your
property. There are numerous types of floorings available today. Also, one
property may have different types of flooring at once for different parts.
Every flooring type has its pros and cons.

Though choosing the type of flooring you want is your sole
discretion, but we suggest keeping these factors in mind.

Types of activities-
Some floors have more traffic than others. Outdoor floors are more prone to
sunlight. You need to take these factors into account while choosing the
flooring. Not all floorings can withstand exposure to direct sunlight. They
fade in colour when exposed to sunlight. Some floors are more suitable for high
traffic areas than others.

Cost- The price
of the flooring varies a lot. It changes with change in colour, shape,
material, size etc. The more durable the floor is, the more expensive it would
be. It all depends on your personal budget.

Durability- As we
have mentioned earlier, it is not so easy to change the flooring very often as
the cost involved is very high. That is why we suggest to choose flooring which
is more durable without compromising the aesthetics.

Different varieties
available-
Some floorings have limited options in terms of size, shape and
colour. Some types of floorings are not readily available in some areas. Procuring
them from outside means spending extra money.

Maintenance required-
Regular cleaning required, the material required for regular cleaning, the
periodic maintenance such as polishing or waxing or refinishing are the factors
which you need to take into consideration while choosing a flooring.

Ease of installation-
Different floorings have different types of installation processes. You should
consider the availability of skilled workforce to install your choice of
flooring. Also consider time required for installation as few floors require
more time than others for the installation to be completed.

Quality- We
suggest to prefer quality floorings over attractive ones. The qualities you
look for could be resistance to stains, anti-skid properties, sheen, porous-nonporous
etc.

Types of Floorings

Granite

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Granite is a common type of igneous rock that is granular in
texture. Granite is extremely durable. Granite is a popular type used for
kitchen counter tops and basin tops. Because of its rigidity and anti-staining property,
it is widely used in homes.

Pros

  • Extremely durable
  • Resistant to scratches and stains
  • Practically impenetrable to liquids
  • Water and moisture resistant
  • Comes in many colours such as white, black, red,
    beige, brown, blue

Cons

  • Very heavy in weight
  • Difficult to install
  • Difficult to maintain

You may contact DirtBlaster if you have any difficulty in cleaning the stains or hard water spots from your granite.

Marble

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Marble is a metamorphic rock composed of recrystallized
carbonate minerals. Marble floorings are a bit expensive than other types of
floorings. But the elegance they add to your home is incomparable.

Pros

  • Gives rich look to your house
  • Natural stone, no chemical process is involved while
    making it
  • Translucent in nature, glows when exposed to
    light

Cons

  • Expensive as compared to other flooring types
  • Slippery when wet
  • Prone to scratches and cracks easily
  • High maintenance required

Hardwood

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Hardwood floors are made up of a single piece of wood. They
are extremely durable. Hardwood is available in different varieties of wood as
red oak, white oak, walnut, maple, cherry and hickory.

Pros

  • Highly durable
  • Sourced directly from nature
  • Provides warmth and cosy feel in homes

Cons

  • It is costly
  • Requires periodic maintenance
  • Susceptible to water damage

Tiles

Tiles are the most widely used flooring option worldwide. It can also be used for walls. These are suited for wet areas also.

Ceramic tile- Ceramic tiles are made up of clay. These tiles are more porous than other type of tiles.

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Porcelain tile- Porcelain tile is fired at a higher temperature than ceramic tile, making it more durable, less porous and water-resistant than ceramic, but also more expensive.

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Vitrified tile- Vitrified tiles are created by combining clay with other elements such as quartz, silica or feldspar under incredibly high temperatures. These tiles have reduced porosity and increased strength. The vitrification process creates porcelain tiles that contain a glass substrate.

The glass substrate gives the tiles a sleek appearance. Vitrified porcelain tiles do not need to be re-sealed or glazed. This is the most widely used tile flooring option now a day.

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Pros

  • Comes in large number of varieties, styles and
    sizes
  • Low maintenance required
  • Resistance to stains & scratches

Cons

  • Installation requires expertise
  • Becomes cold during winter
  • Often the grout becomes dirty, might need to be
    cleaned often

Carpet

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Carpets come in varieties of material such as wool, nylon,
acrylic, polyester etc. The house looks cosy and comfortable where carpet
flooring is installed. It is most suitable for bedrooms and living room.

Pros

  • Slip resistant
  • Many varieties
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Traps dust and stains
  • Cleaning is difficult
  • Can generate foul odour if not maintained
    properly

As carpets require professional maintenance, at DirtBlaster, we use industry grade chemicals and state of the art machines to deep clean the upholstery such as sofa, chairs and carpets.

Laminate

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Laminate flooring is an alternative to wooden flooring but
with less money. This type of flooring can imitate looks of marble, ceramic or
hardwood flooring. It is easy to install.

Pros

  • Light in weight
  • Low cost
  • Easy to install
  • Scratch resistant

Cons

  • Not very highly durable
  • Just the looks of the wooden flooring which can
    be recognised easily
  • Can not be refinished

Vinyl

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Vinyl is made up of acrylic, PVC & similar polymers. This flooring comes in tile or sheet format. It can be installed on most types of floors directly.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to install
  • Water resistant
  • Easy to maintain

Cons

  • Manufacture is not considered eco-friendly
  • Prone to scratches

Cork

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Cork flooring is made up of bark of the cork oak. The cork
is removed from the trees without causing permanent damage. Every eight to ten
years the bark regenerates and can be used again to make flooring.

Pros

  • Eco friendly product
  • Stains and mildew resistant
  • Thermally insulated
  • Heat resistant

Cons

  • Resealing with polyurethane or wax is required every 3-5 years to protect it against moisture or stains
  • Can be torn or dented by sharp objects
  • Exposure to sunlight can fade the colour

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