Different Types of Flooring

Different Types of Flooring

Flooring is an integral part of any building. The purpose of flooring is to provide a comfortable surface to walk over while inside the house. The flooring generally is picked and designed to go along with the aesthetics of the home. More traditional flooring designs use wood as their flooring options, while modern ones prefer tile. If you are trying to choose the right flooring for your home, ensure that you weigh all your options. There exist a wide range of flooring types on the market from laminate flooring to wooden flooring.  

  1. Laminated Flooring:

Laminate flooring is a compressed fibreboard plank that has a top layer with the image of a specific type of texture, such as wood, stone, or tiles. Laminate flooring is specifically useful for those who want natural-looking flooring for aesthetics but are not able to or do not want to pay the price for it. It is also much easier to install than natural flooring. It is scratch and moisture resistant, meaning that it survives better in the long run; unlike natural flooring. Good quality laminates will be very durable and usually come with a 20-year durability period, while also requiring minimal maintenance. Laminate flooring proves to be a versatile and cost-effective option for any homeowner. 

  1. Vinyl Flooring:

Vinyl flooring comes as rolls or as tiles. They come in a wide variety of colours and profiles. They are also similar to laminate flooring in that they simulate the appearance of other materials. Vinyl flooring has certain advantages such as that it is very durable; it is effortless to maintain and clean; it does not buckle when wet, and that it is relatively inexpensive. These features make it a good option for those who are looking for an attractive floor to go with the rest of their house but want it to be inexpensive. Though a drawback is, with age, vinyl floors begin to peel and crack. They require regular maintenance, as well.

  1. Timber:

Timber flooring is a popular option among homeowners due to its classy look and durability. The timber itself is very durable, but unlike laminated and vinyl flooring, it is not very resistant to areas that commonly experience dry or humid temperatures. However, specific treatments can make it resistant to water. These features of timber make it appealing to those looking to have original and aesthetic flooring in their house. One will also have to remember that timber flooring cannot be placed everywhere in the house and should consult with their contractor before doing so.


We can see in this article that there are different types of flooring all with their unique properties which lead to them being better for certain people and specific scenarios. So what is essential when picking out your flooring is not only deciding on what you think looks best in the house but also deciding on whether or not the properties of the flooring will suit the area you are placing it in. That is why, when you are picking your flooring, you have to do your research to make the right choice. Hardwood floors cannot go in bathrooms or balconies facing the beach, while vinyl flooring is best suited for the kitchen. 

It is always best to consult a contractor before arriving at a final decision.

Author Bio: Steffy Alen is a copywriter and content strategist. She helps businesses stop playing around with content marketing and start seeing the tangible ROI. She loves writing as much as she loves the cake.  

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