Flooring is often installed before anything else goes into the house and this is probably because it is the second most extensive thing installed aside from actually building the house. Think of it as the skin of your home and much in the same way your human skin is extremely important, so is the “skin” of your home. Taking this analogy further, different parts of your body have skin adapted for that particular part’s needs. Your palms and the soles of your feet have thicker skin than say your inner arm owing to the wear and tear associated with the latter parts. Ideally, you should approach the flooring to your home in this manner, to ensure maximum beauty but also practicality and sustainability.
Your kitchen tends to see a lot of action in terms of foot traffic as well as spills and other food related accidents. As a result, we could say your kitchen needs a thick “skin” but not too thick. The best material to go for in a kitchen setting is linoleum flooring. Some of its great advantages include its durability and oleophobic (oily substance resistance) properties. Because of all the cooking happening in the kitchen and the foot traffic, this material makes a perfect candidate.
The laundry room has two things, and probably lots of it, water and harsh chemicals present in detergents. Because of this, what you want to go for is something that is durable and chemical resistant while remains non-slippery even when water is on it. The best bet here has to be tile flooring. Because of the different types of tiles available and some that have an enhanced grip through a rough surface, this makes a better option. Cleaning the tiles is also easy as well.
The bedroom has its own personal charm and the best flooring here should be wood flooring or cork flooring. Because the bedroom is a place of rest and seldom has too much foot traffic or substance-related accidents, these two flooring types, which are less durable than most of the others are the best. The advantages of these types of flooring are sound proofing, easiness on bare feet and the beautiful accents they offer. With this flooring, your room will be quiet, cozy and beautiful.
The bathroom has two things you should watch out for, water and mold, two things that can destroy wooden flooring in a few years. Going for the strongest type of flooring, stone or concrete is also not the best because these may become slippery when wet and you do not want that in the bathroom. The best and safest bet has to be roughened tiles. These, when sealed properly with grout and treated for mold, can be very durable and safe in the bathroom. They are also easy to clean and maintain; only requiring a mop or rag to get them clean. Because they also come with vibrant colors, you can be sure your bathroom does not need to be dull at all either.
Your living room is the center piece of your home and what you need is flooring that is both elegant and durable. Here you can spoil yourself with a nicely polished concrete floor, polished wood flooring or if you want to go all out, polished stone flooring such as marble. These types of flooring are neither cheap nor easy to install but when installed, the results are epic. Polished stone or concrete provides a clean, minimalist look that accentuates rustic tones in the home while wood is more opulent and will give your living room a flare of eccentric tones. These materials are also durable and safe (although stone and concrete when polished can be slippery) so are best suited for the living room.
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Guest post by Scott Ryan, writing for http://www.polishedconcretex.com.au/ , an environmetally conscious firm that specializes in polished concrete flooring solutions.