Flooring choices can be confusing. Most people might not put that much thought into it, especially after the project has been completed, but it’s one of the only elements that’s essential in every room in some form or another. Finding high quality commercial flooring that’s suitable for you may mean something that’s extremely practical and cost effective, while in the home you may be looking at something that emphasises the best features in your room and might make more of a statement. Here are some of the benefits and features of the main materials you may be considering to help you decide.
Concrete – A simple but very effective as a flooring solution in some cases, concrete can be suitable for ultra-modern homes or businesses alike. It’s a top choice for people who are installing underfloor heating, too, because it conducts heat well. The main drawbacks are the high cost (since it has to somehow be poured into the flooring area and set) and the fact that it’s not exactly comfortable to walk on, let alone fall over!
Tiles – Easy to clean and maintain, tiles made from porcelain or ceramic are a classic choice for bathrooms or kitchens that can be used fashionably today, with a bit of clever styling. Expensive marble or granite tiles are available at the higher end of the market, or you might choose slate or terracotta for a more rustic feel that’s also more affordable to install.
Rubber – Floors made of rubber are not that common in most homes, but professional designers and architects love them because they’re completely flexible in terms of colour and design. You can do anything you want with rubber, plus it’s waterproof and very hard wearing. It’s mainly found in airports, shops and other public places but it’s perfect for almost any business as well as bathrooms or even kitchens.
Carpet – Of course, carpets have always been one of the main options to choose from when it comes to flooring solutions. They’re considerably less fashionable than they used to be overall, and in certain rooms they’re never really suitable, but for a comfortable bedroom or living room you can’t go wrong with a thick, luxurious carpet. Cheaper carpets can still be great for covering large areas that you want to feel cosy.
Real wood – This is a very trendy option that works in a huge variety of different homes, plus it can be great for some businesses. Different types of wood obviously have different properties, but generally real wood is considered very homely, warm and traditional. It can also add a lot of character, so you might not even be too concerned with restoring or maintaining a costly finish, which can save money.
Wood alternatives – Real wood does pose some problems, as it can be expensive to install and maintain properly. Damp conditions and being used excessively can wear down and damage wood, plus it may be hard to get an exact match for your room. Using just a top layer of real wood may be a cost effective solution, or you could opt for a laminate substitute instead. These are extremely durable, and if you get an expensive one, very realistic.