Flooring can be a challenging job at the best of times, even when you take labour and man hours out of the equation. From the moment you decide to upgrade your floors, you will be faced with a number of decisions that can either make or break the development of your dream home. From the colour scheme, to the interior design, to selecting what type of material is best suited to your residence, you will be flooded with important decisions about your floor that will ultimately alter the outcome of your home's overall liveability and appearance.
The first thing any prospective homeowner or investor should consider when looking for new flooring is the durability and ease with which they can maintain their floors. Furthermore, they should consider prevailing weather conditions for the area in which their home is situated, as well as their budget to accommodate these things.
The ultimate question they should consider themselves is how all of these factors might affect the future and, inevitably, the value of their home.
The most popular synthetic, manmade flooring is laminate flooring, which replicates styles of natural wood or stone. Consisting of three distinct layers, each with its own purpose, laminate flooring is the optimal choice for anyone hoping to update or renew their floors.
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The lower layer resists moisture and damp, while the middle layer is the thickest and hardest layer acting as its inner core, while the outermost layer imitates the patterns of natural materials, giving the flooring a most authentic appearance that few would even guess it's anything but the real thing. As an added extra, these laminate floorings generally feature a protective layer that covers the design, protecting it from scratches, scuffing and general wear and tear.
If this sounds like the kind of flooring you're after, don't sweat over the price. Laminate flooring is less expensive and easier to install than most types of flooring. The planks click together and is easier to assemble than most types of flooring. Even the most inexperienced floorer can put this product together with ease, making it a favourite among renovators looking to update their home or rental properties.
But the ease with which you can install product should not be the only reason why you consider purchasing it. They also resist wear and tear better than any other type of laminate, and can stand up to the elements as well as almost any type of pressure. Furthermore, should the need ever arise where you must replace or repair your flooring, you can rest assured due to popular demand that your chosen style will always be in stock.
At infloorings showroom in Rockdale, we stock many popular laminate floor collections, of which Quick-Step Eligna, Quick-Step Majestic and Quick-Step Impressive Ultra are certainly very popular choices by customers these days.
Since the dawn of mankind, natural wooden floors have enhanced our homes and proven a valuable asset in terms of protection and appearance. They might not be the most affordable type of flooring, but wooden floors definitely add an element of natural beauty and durability to your home which other homes are deficient in.
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Even though they might cost a little more and they are susceptible to moisture in exposed settings, wooden flooring will stand the test of time and prove a most valuable asset to your home for decades to come. But really, you only need to worry about this if your house is situated in area that is prone to flooding or constant rainfall, which might cause the product to ultimately dampen and warp.
If this is the case, hardwood floors might be the more suitable option for you. Hardwoods tend to persevere through wet conditions and are less susceptible to water damage, meaning they will generally last for a lifetime before replacement or repair is needed.
Whether you choose hardwoods or any other type of natural wood flooring, you can rest easy knowing that the appeal of a real wood floor is unrivalled, and they're the most hygienic type of flooring as well. If they're sealed properly, wooden floors require little in the way of upkeep other than the occasional vacuum, brush and mop, making it the most desirable type of flooring in the market today.
Herein lies the biggest benefit to fitting your home out with a natural wooden floor: you need not replace it so much as get it refinished to an impeccable, near-new degree at a cost that will barely hit your hip pocket.
If natural wooden floors prove too expensive, vinyl flooring might be the best alternative for you. Manufactured using vinyl, felt, fibreglass and various dyes, vinyl flooring is a most remarkable and cost-effective option, especially if you're after a type of flooring that is durable and that won't put a dent in your bank account.
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Vinyl flooring comes in tiles or as sheets that are easily fitted to your home or workplace. Their popularity lies not in the fact that they look almost exactly like ceramic tiles, but that they are easy to install and easier to replace than their ceramic counterparts.
Many people think that vinyl flooring is synonymous with linoleum, and although they have a lot in common in terms of appearance they are completely different when it comes to composition. Like linoleum, vinyl consists completely of natural ingredients, but it evokes a completely different feel and atmosphere.
Because it is underlaid by felt or foam, vinyl is ultimately a softer flooring option, making it a more suitable option for homes and businesses where children might run amok. In addition to this, studies have shown that vinyl floors last longer than their linoleum cousins, and are sometimes supported by up to twenty years warranty by manufacturers, if you happen to pick the right product.
Adding to the appeal is the fact that they're available in an array of colours and patterns that will align with almost any interior, including those that warrant a natural design such as wood or stone.
The icing on the cake (like laminates) is that they're hardy in every respect of the word: they resist water and dirt, take decades to erode, and are highly compatible with areas that experience a lot of traffic, such as homes and workplaces.
Stone floors are often considered the penultimate option when it comes to flooring. Not only are they virtually indestructible, but stone floors never become outdated in terms of style or appearance simply because they last outlast generations of people.
Stone floors experience very little in the way of wear and tear, adding an everlasting element to your home. Like wooden floors, they are an asset to your home, adding to its value in terms of appearance and value.
Stone floors have been proven to naturally cool your house down, even in the hottest of summers, making them an ideal choice for homes situated in hot climates. If they're installed correctly, stone floors allow for little in the way of dust collection, making it easy to maintain them. A simple sweep followed by a mop is all it takes to keep these floors squeaky clean.
However, a homeowner or businessman must make sure they look after these floors with the utmost care, ensuring they are properly sealed and repaired if the need arises, because stone floors can easily take on stains and flaws, making them a liability in terms of maintenance and upkeep.
Everybody loves the feel of a soft carpet beneath their feet, making carpet flooring one of the most popular types out there. And who can deny you the pleasure of such a luxury, particularly if you have children or a baby on the way?
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Prices differ based on the quality of the material, texture and quality of carpet floors, but ultimately if you want to lay your house with carpet floors, you'll need to select one that suits your budget and preferences. Generally, prices differ with the softness of the carpet, meaning one that is ultra soft will generally be more expensive than one that is not.
But overall, carpet flooring can be considered the most cost-effective alternative, especially when compared to stone or wood flooring.
Although they lack the appearance and aestheticism associated with natural floors, they make up for it in terms of comfort and are also available in a wide assortment of colours. Furthermore, they can be installed and are ready to use in a matter of hours. The only real downside is that they're not the most durable product on the flooring market and you may need to replace them every few years, taking into account the amount of wear and tear to which they're exposed.
On the plus side, there is a DIY advantage to using floor tiles that even the most inexperienced floorers can exploit: should you need to do it yourself, most modern carpet tiles come with a self-adhesive backing , which means all you need to is stick them down yourself in the order that best suits the interior in which you're using them. This also adds a new element of simplicity and insurance: should you ever need to replace them, you can tear one tile up at a time and fix a new one in its place, rather than redoing the whole floor plan.
Ultimately… what time type of flooring you select will be determined by your budget in addition to the requirements and requisites you have for a particular room. You'll have to closely consider not only your finances, but also the overall feel, atmosphere and longevity that you're trying to achieve through your flooring.