Choosing the best floor for your apartment can be a tough decision. Should you stress on looks, durability, or high-quality? The answer lies in finding the right balance depending on your needs, finances, location of apartment, and whether you intend to stay there or rent it out. Here are the three best flooring options you might want to take a look at.
Marble Flooring Options
Marble flooring is the most popular type of flooring in Indian households. It is also the most expensive type of flooring. Marble is available is a range of three shades- white, black, and green. The pieces normally come in the form of slabs, blocks and tiles. The cost of marble flooring depends on the colour and design pattern. Marble floors are highly durable, and can last for years.
On the downside, one has to be careful with spillage, as marble can get permanently stained with certain chemicals or foods. Marble floors also develop cracks easily, and require regular polishing. If you wish to go with marble, you can choose from among Indian, Greek, Italian, or Spanish varieties.
Tile Flooring Options
Tiles have replaced cemented or stone flooring in most Indian homes. Versatile, durable and affordable, tiles come in a wide range of designs and patterns. Tiles are moisture resistant, and easy to clean. Pet lovers might want to reconsider, as tiles easily crack under stress and rough use. Replacing broken or cracked tiles is however easy, you just need to replace the damaged tile instead of replacing the entire flooring.
Tiles come in a variety of materials such as ceramic, stone, metal, vinyl, porcelain, and even glass. Ceramic and vitrified tiles are the most popular variety as they are easy to maintain, and comparatively less prone to scratches. Tiles are however very slipper. Choose tiles that offer more traction, and opt for anti-skid tiles for bathrooms. Prices for tiles vary, depending on the material, quality and designs.
Hardwood Flooring Options
Hardwood floors are an excellent choice for a warm feel around the house. These floors are expensive and can cost you most than marble if you go for high quality oak or teak flooring. Hardwood floors are durable, but are not recommended for pet owners, or for people who like to move their furniture around a lot. They are prone to scratches, and may require regular polishing. These floors also have an affinity for moisture, and attract termites if not well maintained.
Hardwood floors come in two types. Solid hardwood floors consist of planks sawn from a single piece of timber. They have a thicker wear surface, and can be sanded and polished more number of times. Engineered wood flooring, on the other hand, is made up of two or more layers of wood that form a plank. These floors are more stable and are the most common type of hardwood floors.
Choosing a floor requires factoring in a lot of variables like cost, durability, personal preferences, and not to mention comfort. Research more about the flooring options you are considering, and go for the floor that is most likely to make your house your dream home.
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