Take the floor: Flooring Types That Will Sweep Your Guests off Their Feet
In the midst of a lethargic sleep, you are awakened by the sound of a creaking floorboard at the crack of dawn. May it be against your will, you know too well that your persistent paranoia coupled by your recent horror movie marathon won’t let you get back to sleep anytime soon. Disoriented and heavy-eyed, you braved the pitch black hallways and trailed after the resonating squeaky sound. As the shrill noise belligerently shatters your ear canals, the anticlimactic image of your Bichon Frise, Vivi, hopping around your worn out wooden floor finish living room has all the more concerned the homeowner in you. With its colossal contribution in the overall look of your home, flooring is one of the most crucial fraction in interior designing. Gone are the days when floor styles are limited to ceramic tiles; the emergence of unorthodox and revolutionary interior styles ushered in a myriad of flooring types and materials available in the market.
Flooring is a make or break integral part of home interior. Having to choose a complimentary flooring is an essential decision for every homeowner. Every so often, you can have all the aesthetic design elements in the right places and yet, it still won’t look right in an overall sense simply because the flooring is contradicting or flawed. When opting for flooring types, one must bear in mind certain factors so as to ensure that the style and quality of material can stand the test of time. For instance the functionality of the room is key to safeguarding the condition of the flooring; a heavy foot traffic room such as the living room should have durable flooring type like porcelain. Apart from staying true to the style of the area, one must also pay attention to the colors and patterns of the flooring for they greatly affect the all-inclusive mood and ambiance. Finally, natural lighting that the space exudes also plays a major role in choosing whether a lighter or darker flooring shade will fit the interior.
FLOORING TYPES TO FLOOR YOUR GUESTS
Times have changed and so did the flooring types existing in the realm of interior design – from sustainable bamboos to creative 3D art, the flooring department has indeed come a long way. A mix and match of flooring designs can be your ticket out of your dull and unattractive home interior. Selecting which flooring type to invest on can be an overwhelming commitment for it is long term and may also cost an arm and a leg. Tokyo Grand Renovation has compiled a wide assortment of flooring types to choose from for all you troubled homeowners.
Ceramic and Porcelain
Ceramic is the “go-to” flooring type specially for modern houses. It has been crowned the queen of flooring for its versatility in terms of styles and colors which can even mimic other tiling styles such as wood. Although its various shapes and symmetry are visually appealing, it conducts cold easily and is non-slippery hence, cold and wet areas such as the bathroom and bedroom must be avoided. Ceramic is also mainly inexpensive even if the installation process is labor-intensive.
Ceramics can be classified as:
GLAZED – Glossy and glass like finished
QUARRY – Slightly rough texture and more resistant against slips
PORCELAIN – Can be Glazed or Quarry but cooked at a higher temperature and hence is more durable
TERAZZO – Least durable but suitable for outdoors with rustic and earthy decors
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Hardwood and Bamboo
Wood is one of the oldest existing flooring type in the history of interior design. Its timeless and graceful look has made it a perfect fit for the ever evolving interior styles – from our grandparents’ 19th century mansion to contemporary minimalist homes. Its sustainability is suitable for environmentalists who prefer to bring in the outdoors inside. Although it is great for nursery rooms or relaxation rooms, wooden flooring is not ideal for wet and busy areas for it can brittle through time. There are two types of hardwood available in the market – the unfinished and prefinished; the former needing to be sanded on site while the latter does not. Wood flooring is also prone to scratching and is moderately moisture-resistant hence, this flooring type is a bit high maintenance and not ideal for rentals.
Cork is also a wooden type of flooring but is obtained from the outer bark of an oak tree without killing it. Its warm appearance is contradicted by its unusual grainy and swirl patterns. This flooring type is cheaper than the typical hardwood.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to real wood, then laminate flooring is your best shot. Laminate is made of wood pulp and resin and can imitate all wood types all the way from the traditional maple and cherry to the premium ones such as a wide-plank pine and a reclaimed barn wood. Although it resists chipping and scratches and is also easier to install than hardwood, this flooring type once damaged is irrevocable and disposable. Despite its resistance to moisture and stains, the joints between the planks are still vulnerable to moisture and will swell if water seeps through thus, laminate flooring is not ideal for bathrooms and kitchens.
Carpets and Rugs
Carpet remains to be the most versatile of all flooring types. Its wide assortment of textures, patterns and colors make it a popular choice for homeowners with preferred seasonal style. Since it is easy to change and install, it won’t be a problem if one wishes to switch flooring every now and then. Carpet also resists mildew and moisture just as much as any solid flooring. This flooring type is well known for being soft and warm on the feet and thus, is appropriate to install where kids are. In determining the quality of the carpet it is noteworthy to search for the fiber density count; the more fibers per square inch it has, the more durable the product is.
Carpets can be classified as:
NYLON – Synthetic fiber and strong but is notorious for static energy so ensure that your product has been properly treated.
WOOL – Standard choice for carpet material. Moisture and stain proof. Comfortable for sensitive skin.
ACRYLIC – Synthetic and mimics wool. Naturally wards off insects. Resistant to mildew and wearing. POLYESTER – Has bold and bright colors. Moisture resistant but stains are difficult to remove.
POLYPROPYLENE – For indoor and outdoor living. The most resistant to stains, moisture, and mildew.
Vinyl and Linoleum
What’s taking the world of interior designing by storm are these plastic flooring types that are every bit luxurious yet functional. Vinyl is the most cost-effective flooring there is for being highly durable, resilient and moisture resistant. Not only this, these plastic tiles, planks and sheets are easy to install without losing their sophisticated and modern appearance. They are applicable for hardworking and high traffic areas such as the kitchen, dining, bathroom and basement. Since Vinyl is made of plastic usually PVC, if you are vying for a more sustainable substitute, Linoleum is produced out of natural materials like Jute, Cork and Linseed oil. Although pricier than Vinyl, Linoleum also offers more vibrant colors unlike Vinyl.
Stone and Concrete
What really makes an interior utterly luxurious is a flooring made from natural stones like Granite, Limestone, Sandstone, Travertine, Slate and Kota. This particular flooring type has a surface that is ideal for any weather. However, softer stones like Sandstone lacks moisture-resistance all the more for harder stones like Marble and Granite. If there is one flooring type that you may find all across the hallways and rooms of any celebrity mansions that will be the Marble which screams luxury and sophistication like no other natural stone. You will usually find this stone in high-end commercial interiors like a five star hotel, casino and restaurant. If you are on the rougher side of interior, polished concrete is the perfect flooring type for the rustic contemporary and industrial style. One of the oldest flooring types, concrete is extremely strong and can even withstand the pressure from trucks. Pair it with a gorgeous rug for a splash of color and you’ve got yourself an artistic flooring.
Committing to a single flooring design is already an overwhelming task, wait until you reach the installation process. For this sort of arduous work, seeking professional assistance from an interior design firm is always a wise homeowner decision.
Tokyo Grand Renovation (TGR), a Japanese design and build, is eager to help you discuss your flooring design ideas. Conveniently located in the leading business district in Metro Manila, TGR’s headquarters is at 9110 La Campana St. cor. Trabajo St., Brgy. Olympia, Makati City, 1207.
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