Home Improvements: Different Types of Flooring

Renting has always been a restrictive option when it comes to home improvements. As a tenant, I am limited to what I can change in my apartment but with an agreeable landlord home improvements are possible. Obviously for me this is not {yet} an option because I am saving up for my own place. When people start considering home remodelling flooring is normally at the bottom of the list. If you’re anything like me and my mother you are probably tired of seeing same old run down carpet in your hallway or seating area. If you’re then it’s time to consider different types of flooring available, from tiles to bamboo flooring.

Different Types of Flooring

With the assumption that you’ve decided to change the flooring in your home, here are some different types to consider. Some of these different types of flooring you’ve seen and heard of and other’s might be new.

Tiles Porcelain or Ceramic Flooring

Tile flooring is mostly preferred for the kitchen and/or bathroom because it’s hard, durable, water-resistant and shrugs off stains. There are many tile flooring options but most common are Porcelain, ceramic and stone. Porcelain floor tile is harder, denser and less porous but can be difficult to install. It’s a good choice for high-traffic areas, kitchens and bathrooms. Ceramic floor tile is softer and glazed to create a hard wear surface in virtually any color. It’s porous, softer, easier to cut and install.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl Flooring is a cost-effective alternative to hardwood flooring, it is easy to install and is warmer underfoot. It is water-resistant and suitable throughout the home and comes in many designs. Karndean flooring offers a wide range of vinyl flooring which are stylish and beautiful to look at. The finishes, tones and textures that give your floor the appearance of a real wood or stone floor.

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Normally first choice for bedrooms and livingroom areas because of their ability to retain warm air in colder months. Can be expensive but are comfortable and can last long though in high traffic areas they might not.

Hardwood Flooring

The beauty about hardwood flooring is its durability, wear resistance surface types that is easily refinished and many available options. Though it can appear finished after years of shrinking and expanding it is a long-lasting product.

Laminate Flooring 

Cheapest kind of flooring, easy to maintain and excellent solution for busy areas like the hallway and kitchen. It’s provides a durable surface, resistant to chipping and is strong. Many choose it because there are many options, resembles natural materials and is easy to install. Down side is it can easily get scratched and can not be re-finished.

Bamboo Flooring 

For my green conscious friends this is the type of flooring for you. Though it is one of for the kitchen or bathroom {shouldn’t be left wet} it’s great for everywhere else. The durability is second to none though does fade over time and like hardwood flooring is easy to maintain.