Uncertainty in selecting the suitable flooring for your house? Here is a brief on flooring materials.

Floor covering is a term to generically describe any finish material applied over a floor structure to provide a walking surface.

Factors taken into consideration while selecting the flooring materials are climate, durability, ease of installation and maintenance etc. A countless number of materials are available for flooring out of which these are suitable for residences in this context.

Tiled Flooring

Tiles are the most commonly used material. It can be used as a flooring material as well as wall coverings. Tiles are most often made from ceramic with a hard glaze finish, but other materials are also commonly used, such as glass, marble, granite, slate and reformed ceramic slurry. They are aesthetically far much better than any other flooring, as it is available in various shades and texture and easy to maintain. Also laying is easy and less time taking. They are available in various sizes thus no cutting is required and Tiles are fire resistant too. Ceramic Tiles: They have high wear resistance with low density and corrosion resistance at high temperatures. It has resistance to plastic deformation and is easy to clean and water-proof. Also, resistant to stains and spillages and their incombustibility prevents the spread of fire. Vitrified Tiles: Vitrified tiles are ceramic tiles with a high percentage of vitrification and less amount of water absorption.

Wooden Flooring

Even though this type of flooring is generally used for special purpose floor like auditorium, hospital etc. Nowadays its widely been used in residences too. Wooden flooring helps to achieve a rustic and porch appearance to the rooms. Striped flooring, Planked flooring, Heavy wooden blocks, Fabricated wooden blocks etc are the variations available in wooden flooring. All these styles are available in solid wood and laminated wood, which is a thin veneer layer laminated to a layer of wood so that it can be sanded and refined several times. Laminated wooden flooring is better suited to a moisture-prone area such as the kitchen. Wood being a natural material, it expands and contracts with changes in temperature and humidity. Therefore proper installation leaves a margin for this movement. There are many pre-laminated interlocking panel flooring in smooth, matt and rough finishing. It is a high-quality interior material, which is most effectively being used in interiors. The hardness of wooden flooring is comparable to marble and is available in different colours and shades.

Stone Flooring

These are flooring materials made of natural stones either treated or untreated. Common natural stone flooring includes slate, marble, limestone, travertine, granite, and sandstone, each of which has slightly different properties. Granite: Granite is strongest and most scratch-resistant and can be found in endless shades and colours. It is ideal for hallways and foyers. Marble: Marble is considered luxurious flooring on the market. it doesn’t hold up as well as other stone floorings. Marble is susceptible to scratching and chipping so it requires regular upkeep and sealing. Sandstone: Sandstone is created through a natural process that consolidates and crystallizes organic materials. It is rough in texture and is visibly porous. It’s neutral and spa-like colours and appearance make it a popular choice for bathrooms, showers and outdoors Slate: Slate flooring is one type of stone that works as well as outdoors as it does indoors. It is water-resistant and comes in a varying spectrum of rich and earthy tones. It is naturally textured and provides homeowners with the classic ‘stone’ look. Limestone: Limestone flooring offers superior comfort, the ability to stand up to wear, and a range of subtle colour variations to match any style. It's a Great Alternative to Hardwood and It Comes in Diverse Styles and Colours

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