Flooring is the generic term for a temporary covering of a floor, usually for the purpose of laying down such a flooring covering. Such flooring is also known as tiles, laminates, rubber or grout. Such flooring is also called as caulk padding, or grout lining. This kind of flooring is mainly used in the United States, particularly in residential areas where it is possible to lay such a flooring within a very short time period (generally, a few days). In such cases, the typical features of such a flooring are its durability, easy handling, cost effectiveness, and good looks. Flooring is also the most generic term for the secondary application of a finished floor covering, or for the task of laying down such a flooring covering on a sub-floor.
Flooring has gained popularity as a low-cost solution to improving the appearance of living spaces. It can be used for both open or closed living spaces. It can be used for both indoors and outdoors as well. Flooring can be made from a wide variety of materials including hardwood, ceramic tile, linoleum, vinyl, marble, and concrete.
The most preferred flooring material remains solid hardwood, while a small number of choices are available for tile, laminate, and engineered flooring. In most cases, solid hardwood flooring is composed of oak, maple, birch, cherry, beech, mahogany, etc. While such flooring is quite durable, it requires regular polishing and maintenance, due to the natural characteristics of these woods. It can be customized to give an appropriate look and feel for different applications. Some of the common solid hardwood flooring materials are solid cedar, solid pine, solid ash, bamboo, linoleum, vinyl, stone and tile.
Decorative wooden flooring with elaborate designs such as scroll work and basket weave is also available. However, solid hardwood is still the preferred choice for flooring applications, since it provides durability and lasts for decades. Since hardwoods are naturally durable and strong, they can withstand extreme weather conditions. They are resistant to termites and other insects. Moreover, they are resistant to moisture, stains, and spills, providing additional protection.
Flooring engineered from engineered flooring materials has gained popularity over the past few years. Engineered flooring is made up of recycled or reclaimed wood that has been specially manufactured to meet modern flooring needs. The engineered flooring provides additional benefits such as moisture-resistant, dimensional stability, and sound insulation. Its resiliency to moisture helps prevent warping, swelling, and buckling. This type of flooring is now widely used in home improvement, commercial applications, and industrial flooring.
There are many factors to consider when choosing the right home flooring types for your home. Your personal preferences should come into play while choosing flooring types for your home. Nevertheless, it is important to choose the flooring materials based on the desired durability, look, and environmental conditions. Keep in mind that different flooring materials offer different advantages. Take advantage of these pros and cons to ensure the best home flooring solution for your needs.