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Choosing flooring. Will your feet like the floor?

Floor covering is an important element of the interior, not only from an aesthetic point of view. Solid floors provide sound insulation, warmth and comfort. Floors are one of the main touches of any renovation..

Which floors to choose from a variety of promotional offers?

Let’s try to figure it out. The first thing that determines the choice is the material of manufacture: artificial and natural floor coverings are distinguished. The first group includes linoleum, tiles, self-leveling floors. Natural floors include wooden flooring, parquet, natural stone floors. It is necessary to consider where we choose the floors. The floor covering must be functional.

The second, which will help in a complex solution, floor coverings are divided into types depending on the method of dividing the constituent elements of the floor. Artificial partitioning flooring – ceramic flooring, laminate, stone slab, wooden board, parquet. Rolled floor coverings – carpet, linoleum. Monolith floor coverings – self-leveling screed made of polymeric materials.

 Consider the most popular types of floor coverings:

Linoleum was or is in almost every apartment or house. There are two types of linoleum: heterogeneous and homogeneous commercial and household linoleum on a non-woven or foam backing. For the basis of heterogeneous linoleum, felt, PVC, polyester, jute are used. Such linoleum has a wider assortment and is produced in rolls of 2, 3 and 4 meters wide. Homogeneous – 2, 3 meters each, has a homogeneous structure without a base.

Linoleum

The advantages of linoleum include:

  • Versatility. Suitable for both the kitchen and the room.
  • Color and stylistic variety.
  • Unpretentiousness. Amenable to wet and dry cleaning. It is not necessary to perfectly level the floor for laying linoleum..
  • Does not require large expenditures of finance, time and effort.
  • Commercial type linoleum is very resistant to damage, friction.

Disadvantages of linoleum:

  • Does not like direct sunlight, may fade.
  • At very low temperatures – cracks.
  • Dents from heavy furniture can remain on household linoleum, tears and damage can form on it..

Despite the unpretentiousness of linoleum, and it can be ruined if you do not follow elementary advice: do not use shrinkage on PVA or bustilate, apply special glue to linoleum only at the junction, lay only on the treated cement screed.

Laminate – a popular and stylish floor covering. In fact, it is a multi-layer board. The main layer of the laminate is made of chipboard or fiberboard.

Laminate

Advantages of laminate:

  • Does not fade, has an excellent appearance.
  • No dirt adheres to it, easy to clean.
  • No need to varnish, sand.
  • Has a large assortment.
  • A wide price range allows you to choose a budget option.

Disadvantages:

  • You need to be careful with water – the laminate deforms from excess moisture.
  • Cheap laminate flooring is short-lived.

Ceramic tile – a fairly practical and modern floor covering. The advantages of tiles include moisture resistance, decorative effect, durability, relevance, a huge selection of colors and styles. The disadvantages are that the tile is not universal and is more suitable for the kitchen and bathroom than for the bedroom; the tile may crack from strong impact, cold to the touch. Professional tiling recommended.

Tile

Parquet floor, solid wood flooring, type-setting flooring is one of the oldest types of flooring. Always stylish and up-to-date. Its main advantage is environmental friendliness. The wooden floor is durable, very resistant to deformation. However, such a flooring requires serious maintenance. More suitable for a classic interior.

Parquet

Natural stone floors. Suitable in the corridor, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, without installing the system «warm floor» natural stone floors are cold enough. The main disadvantage is the high cost. Such floors are leading in resistance to wear – they do not deform, they tolerate moisture and light well..

Stone floor

Carpet – pleasant and cozy floor covering. The advantages include: good sound insulation properties, a variety of colors and textures, will not crack or break when a heavy object falls on it. The disadvantage of such a coating is the complexity of caring for it. Any stain will have to be removed with special means, so you can hardly put carpet in the kitchen or in the hallway..

Carpet

Self-leveling floor made of polymers – the most modern and up-to-date floors. They do not require a good screed of the base floor, since they themselves level due to their liquid texture – they fill any irregularities with liquid polymers and get an ideal, beautiful, smooth surface. Modern technologies make it possible to obtain a self-leveling floor of any color and texture. This floor is moisture resistant and reliable. Disadvantages: high-quality self-leveling floor is quite expensive, cheap self-leveling floors can turn yellow when exposed to direct sunlight.

Self-leveling floor

Wooden plank floor – warm, eco-friendly and beautiful. Boards correctly laid on logs, without gaps and fastenings with nails, unpainted, and covered with wax or special varnish – this is one of the best options. Advantages: the use of natural, expensive lumber with a beautiful pattern and wood color, a natural ventilation gap due to the height of the logs, a warm pleasant surface of the sanded board. The disadvantages include – if during the formation of the floor the boards are underdried or vice versa, deformations occur or gaps appear, requires constant care.

Wooden floor

Glass floors – very fashionable and exotic knee glass floors of great thickness. They are made in the form of inserts into the main canvas of another coating or solid. The floor pattern can be monochromatic, ornamental, landscapes and paintings, and 3D effect. The advantages can be called ecology, high aesthetics, stylishness, and to the disadvantages – the coating is slippery, it can become a source of injury.

Glass floor

Technology is moving forward quickly and giving us new proposals. Fashion is also not lagging behind. When choosing a floor, think about the fact that this is not for one day, but, most importantly, whether your feet will like the floor.?