Picking the Perfect Floor for Your New Home

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FloorsSurely, your floors are not the first thing that anyone looks at once they enter your home. However, their esthetical component is not irrelevant. The thing is, even though people don’t actively look at the floors, they still make a large portions of your home and you notice them with your peripheral vision whether you are aware of it or not. On the other hand, the esthetical component is not the only one that is important when choosing the floor. There is also the durability, the type of space covered with certain flooring and many more. Here are the specifics in that regard about the most common flooring materials, so that you can choose the one that goes best in your home.

Hardwood Flooring

If you don’t have anything else to say about the positive sides of the hardwood flooring, you still have to admit that its natural and vintage style make a place feel like home. This is among the best quality floorings that you can find. You can put it anywhere in your home and choose from wide range of flooring wood. Downside is that it is not cheap at all.

Laminate

It comes in all shapes, sizes, colors and designs. It also comes in all levels of quality and it is very easy to install. It requires some maintenance, but it is too difficult to do it. Not overly pricey, it is as close as it get to hardwood without actually paying the price of hardwood. Laminate is one of the most common choices for flooring.

Tiles

Obvious choices are the kitchen, bathroom, hallways and porches. However, there are so many types of tiles that their usage can be quite diverse. In the places with the warmer climate, terracotta tiles can be used everywhere, from the living room to the bedroom and give a lovely rustic look to the entire home.

Cork

This is a very new material used for flooring. It has been a part of interior design for ages now, but mostly as a material used to coat walls. Now, it has been adjusted for the floors as well. The downside is that it is not cheap. However, that is where the downsides end. It looks amazing. It represents awesome insulation, insect repellent and it is fire retardant. Also, in order to make cork, you don’t have to cut the tree down and everything that you take from it, the tree replenishes within three years, which makes it an eco-friendly option, as well. Moreover, the design and the colors are simply wonderful.

Linoleum

This is quite a cheap option. It is durable, low maintenance, available in tons of colors. It is also, biodegradable and it has many good sides. However, when it comes to design, it really has nothing to offer, even though it comes in tons of patterns. It can work in your kitchen, perhaps, or some sort of porch, but you wouldn’t want it in your living room.

Glass

Another quite new idea that comes from the new home builders are the glass tiles. They are made from the recycled glass, which makes them environmentally friendly. They are just perfect for bathrooms and kitchens as they will not let the mildew and dampness feel welcome there. Not to mention, esthetically, they are absolutely perfect.

Bamboo

During the past couple of years, it seems like people have rediscovered bamboo as the perfect material. In terms of design, it is just lovely. In terms of ecology, it can hardly be beaten as it is made of a plant that grows really fast and there is a lot of it, without danger for it to become extinct. It has antibacterial and anti-fungal characteristics and it can be made into any sort of pattern you like. Not very expensive, it is a great choice.

Concrete

On the other hand, you can just polish up the concrete underneath your feet. However, this may work only in the places with the warm climate, as this is quite cold flooring. It is durable, you never have to replace it and it can be painted and decorate in any way that you like. Therefore, it is hard to beat as an option for your home.

All these are very good options and all of them have their downsides and their upsides. However, admittedly, some of them seem like a perfect choice. Therefore, all that is left for you to do is to figure out which downside hurts you the least and which upside is the one that works for you. When you do that, you will have your answer about the best flooring for your home. Take your time, because the decision about your flooring needs to be a good one since this is not something that you change frequently.