There are several things to consider when weighing your options regarding flooring types for your home.

 

It’s important to not only pick a type that matches your decor and style but also to consider the various materials available and the pros and cons of each.

 

It’s best to look at the rooms that require and update first, and then pick the type that’s the best match for you that coordinates with your home, matches your needs, and fits your budget.

 

· Choosing flooring materials usually depend upon the following criteria

· Choices

· Uses

· Quality

· Traffic (High, Low or Medium)

· Difficulty of Installation

· Required Level of Finishing

· Maintenance (cleaning)

· Economy

 

Here we’ve divided your home into three main areas: the kitchen, bathrooms, and general living spaces. There are considerations you’ll want to keep in mind for each as you do your research and make your final decision.

 

1. Kitchens

Many people consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home. It’s not only where you’ll prepare meals, but also a popular space to gather and entertain, especially if you have a large island or open concept or small house.

 

In this high-traffic space, it’s important to choose a type that is both durable and easy to clean and maintain.

 

You’ll likely see a number of spills on the surface, so choosing an option that’s waterproof is also critical. Additionally, surfaces that become slippery or slick when wet might not be the right fit, especially if you care for children or anyone at risk of slipping and falling.

 

Generally, good choices in the kitchen are ceramic tiles, natural stone, linoleum, and wood that has been treated to be water resistant.

 

 

 

 

2. Bathrooms

While moisture is a consideration in your kitchen, in your bathroom it’s pretty much a guarantee. Choosing a material that can stand up to daily contact with water is very important.

 

Ceramic tile or natural stone tiles made from limestone, marble, or granite are popular choices in this space. For a less expensive option, vinyl tiles are also appropriate, though not as durable as tile or stone.

 

3. Living Areas

In the living areas of your home, like the family room, dining room, and bedrooms, you have dozens of possibilities. The right choice for you depends largely on your personal preference.

 

Some people like the warmth and durability of hardwood or tile, and add area rugs to break up the spaces and add a comfortable surface under your feet. Others prefer the classic feel of carpeting.

 

Here we have tried to define various types of flooring materials which are most popular nowadays:

 

 

Types of Flooring Materials

There are dozens of types available, but in modern homes, Buildings, you see some more commonly than others.

 

01. Tiles Flooring

a. Ceramic Tiles Flooring

b. Porcelain Tiles Flooring

 

02. Stone Flooring

a. Marble Flooring

b. Granite Flooring

 

03. Wood Flooring

a. Solid Wood Flooring

b. Engineered Wood Flooring

c. Laminate Wood Flooring

 

4. PVC or Vinyl Flooring

 

5. Brick Flooring

6. Carpet

 


01. Tiles Flooring

 

 

Ceramic Tiles Flooring

 

Ceramic tile is one of the most versatile flooring types. Its many colors, textures, shapes, and sizes make it an option that could coordinate well with any room in your home.

The tiles are made by combining a mixture of clay and shale and then firing it in a kiln to harden the ceramic. Pigments added to the compound give you a variety of color choices in ceramic tile.

 

a. Glazed Ceramic

Glazed ceramic tiles have a glossy coating that gets applied before they fire the file. This creates a glass-like finish and makes them easy to maintain.

 

b. Quarry Tile

If you don’t care for the shiny look, quarry tile might be the right choice for you. These are unglazed tiles that get their color from pigments added directly to the clay mixture.

Quarry tiles usually have a slightly rough texture and provide more resistance against slips and falls when they are wet than glazed tiles.

 

c. Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tiles are available in both glazed and unglazed varieties and are one of the most durable tile choices. They are fired at very high temperatures making them harder than other tile types.

 

d. Terracotta Tile

Terracotta tile is another variety of unglazed tile that’s common in outdoor spaces or homes with earthy or rustic decor schemes. This is the least durable type of tile, and if you choose to install it, you’ll want to seal it periodically to guard against staining over time.

 

02. Stone Flooring

 

a. Marble Flooring

 

 

 

Stone flooring is natural, beautiful, and always stylish that stands out in contrast to any synthetic or manufactured stone products. Natural stone also comes in different types such as granite, marble, limestone, slate, travertine, sandstone, etc. All the types of stone have different characteristics. The naturally cool, hard surface is ideal for warm climates.

 

 

b. Granite Flooring

 

One of the most expensive flooring options is Granite stone. This high-quality option adds a luxurious look to any space.

 

You’ll need to seal and finish your softer stones every few years, and harder stones every four to five years to maintain their beautiful appearance.

 

 

 

03. Wood Flooring

 

a. Solid Wood Flooring

 

 

Solid Wood Flooring is made from one single piece of hardwood cut from a tree of your choice. Most commonly, you’ll find floors made from oak, cherry, or walnut, but there are several additional solid wood options to choose from.

Generally, planks are three-quarters of an inch thick, but width can vary. The standard width is between three and five inches, and most retailers will call this a “medium” or “standard” plank. Another popular style is wide planks which measure in at between five and ten inches and look beautiful in living spaces throughout the home.

Hardwood floors come finished in one of two ways.

 

b. Engineered Wood Flooring

 

 

Engineered hardwood is a more affordable alternative to solid hardwood. Made by combining a top layer of genuine hardwood with multiple layers of ply plank that run in different directions beneath, they look like solid hardwood but have better resistance to moisture.

 

Engineered hardwood is a good choice in areas of your home where you might be concerned about true hardwood warping due to high humidity levels, like in a damp basement. Additionally, as engineered hardwood floors use less expensive solid wood, they are typically a more cost-effective option.

 

One drawback to engineered wood is that it’s not able to be sanded down or refinished as frequently as you could with true hardwood floors because of the thin top veneer. However, you can apply the same high-quality coatings to engineered wood floors that you can to traditional hardwood, making them very resistant to wear and tear.

 

 

a. Laminate Wood Flooring

 

 

If you love the look of hardwood, but just can’t work the cost into your budget, laminate flooring might be an attractive option.

Similar in design to engineered wood floors, it has a top layer that’s been finished and sealed mounted over layers of plywood or compressed fiber giving you stable and durable slats.

The main difference between laminate and real wood flooring is that the laminate option doesn’t have a real wood top layer. Instead, it’s an image captured using photo-realism technology of beautiful finishes like wood, stone, ceramic tile, or stained concrete that’s covered in a plastic coating.

 

 

4. PVC or Vinyl Flooring

 

PVC or Vinyl tiles and sheets are known as resilient flooring. They provide a flexible and cushioned floor surface that is durable and maintenance-free.

The most cost-effective option of the bunch, there are a variety of patterns and colors to choose from that include basic designs and colorful mosaics.

Constructed by attaching the top wear layer to a layer of felt and foam, the price of the vinyl is usually determined by the thickness of the tile. The top wear layer has a scratch and stain resistant surface, and most manufacturers will include a warranty with the product. The best tiles will be certified to last 15 years.

5. Brick Flooring

 

Brick flooring is one of the oldest types of flooring materials. It is majorly used in courtyards, stores, godowns, etc.

Brick flooring is durable and provides sufficiently hard floor surface. It provides a non-slippery and fire-resistant surface.

 

 

6. Carpet Flooring

 

Carpeting is another common and versatile option. It comes in more colors and textures than any other potential choices and is woven from a variety of materials.

To determine the quality of the carpet, look for the fiber density count. The more fibers it has per square inch, the more durable the product will be.

Carpeting can be made from a variety of materials, though will is most common. Here are the other choices.

a. Wool

 

Considered the standard of quality for carpet, wool is a naturally moisture resistant material that’s both durable and able to ward off stains. It feels good against hands and feet and is the most popular choice.

b. Nylon

 

Another option that stands up well against wear and tear, Nylon is a synthetic fiber known for being strong. It is known for building up static electricity, so be sure that the product you buy has been treated to reduce those effects.

c. Acrylic

 

A second synthetic option, Acrylic closely mimics the properties of wool. It stands up well against wear and mildew, and naturally wards off insects.

d. Polyester

 

Polyester is a popular material if you’re looking for carpeting in bold, bright colors. It’s moisture resistant, but if you stain it, beware that it will be difficult to remove.

e. Polypropylene

 

If you’re looking for an option that can stand up to indoor/outdoor living, a carpet made from polypropylene might be the right choice. It’s the most resistant to stains, moisture, and mildew, and if you install it without a carpet pad, it will work well in an outdoor space