The Key to Choosing the Best Flooring for Your Living Room

Flooring is fundamental to achieving the style you seek for your living room, so here are some tips to help you choose the most convenient flooring for your space.

Ceramic

Its base is made of a ceramic biscuit and has a layer of enamel on the surface. The latter is responsible for giving the colour and texture. It can also be found only with the ceramic biscuit (like on a terrace), which requires a curing process.

Today some ceramics include the curing process in their manufacture. They come in a wide variety of designs, textures and colours, as well as imitation of materials such as wood or stone.

Wood

A classic par excellence. Among the woods of greater resistance, especially to use and moisture, you can find oak and beech. Another option is pine, but you must treat it against moisture and know that it gets dirty easier.

In general, to last longer and better, wooden floors have to be protected with varnishes or oils, which preserve them from stains and facilitate their cleaning. You can also lacquer or laminate them.

They are not the ideal option for bathrooms, kitchens or other places with humidity.

Floating

It takes its name from its method of placement, since it does not adhere to the supporting surface, or sub-floor.

There is a great variety of finishes and it is an economical option, offers good durability and is easy to maintain. Its minimal thickness makes it a very interesting option to apply on any surface or on top of existing floors, and luxury vinyl flooring is superb for use in areas such as kitchens and bathrooms due to its resistance to moisture.

It is covered with a decorative film whose design simulates the texture and vein of different variants of wood, or with natural wood veneer: they are fixed to each other with a locking system without glue, which makes them removable. Typically, they are supported on a 2mm polyethylene blanket that has an acoustic and water-repellent insulation function.

Granite

A great choice for its resistance. Due to its low porosity, it is hard, it supports heavy use very well, and it is resistant to scratches and stains. It has a unique impermeability, so it does not accumulate dirt and is easily cleaned and maintained.

Porcelain

Super combinable in any environment, especially in contemporary styles. It looks similar to stone and marble; composed of a ceramic stoneware mass on a homogeneous surface.

If it is not covered with enamel, its finish is usually polished, with great durability and almost no water absorption. It is highly resistant and is ideal for areas of high traffic.

It is produced in many varieties, e.g. for high traffic, and with rustic, bright, polished, unpolished, semi-matt, and matt finishes.

Before choosing the type of floor you would like, take into account:

Level of traffic: it is an important point. Especially in hallways, home entrances, etc. The most resistant are porcelain, and high-traffic ceramics.

Laminated and hydro lacquered products: typically, lamination is based on solvents and hydro lacquering is based on an aqueous lacquer. With both plastic and water based lacquers, there are varieties of quality. Quality and durability are only seen with the use and that is why it is necessary to find out what product is used. Laminate is a harder and more rigid product. The durability varies from 2 to 10 years, depending on its use and maintenance; it is good for its hardness, its elasticity and resistance to abrasion.

 

 

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