When we talk about renovations, the floor is one of the most important decisions to make, since it will not only determine the personality of the renovation but there is nothing better to create a cozy interior than the appropriate floor. The floor is the largest surface area of the homes. Each person has a taste, and something that excites one person can leave another completely indifferent. That is why there is a wide variety of options on the market and each room tells its own story.
Other factors that we cannot forget also influence, such as the budget, location of the house, size of the house, whether you live in a space with little natural light or a very small size, also the number of occupants of the house, Of course if there are children or pets...
There will be people who will value resistance to shocks or abrasions and others will make their decision based on a hygienic and easy-to-clean choice, and others will put design above all else.
Before choosing the type of floor that will decorate our home, it is always advisable to do a little research on the different types that exist, since from this research we will extract their pros and cons.
Today there is a wide variety of interior floors for the home, we are going to address the most popular ones.
TYPES OF SOILS
These are slats made from sheets glued together with materials derived from wood that have been pressed. The sheet superior is a photographic print that imitates different types of materials such as wood, stone, marble or any other material. It is an economical floor and easy to install. These are currently the most popular floors. There are also specific laminate floors to resist humidity in kitchens and bathrooms, which are giving very good results, although it is advisable to choose them from prestigious brands.
The wooden floors are warm and inviting. Wood is one of the most versatile natural materials that exist. The enormous variety of types of wood and the ways of treating and working it mean that we can create different types of styles. Its grains and knots of the wood, and in general the richness in nuances, give them the originality that makes no wooden floor the same as another. Wood is a natural insulator that can be an ally when it comes to controlling the interior temperature of the home.
Natural wood floors require maintenance, can be repaired, and even parts can be replaced. Every few years it will be necessary to slash. And among their drawbacks is that they can be noisy.
This is a classic in home interiors. In Spain we have the best manufacturers of ceramic floors, with great international acceptance and who follow current trends. Ceramic tiles can be white body or red body and of very different qualities, formats and finishes. There is a wide range of qualities, so it is not advisable to choose the cheapest one. They are floors that are easy to maintain and clean.
When the quality is not good, they can be easily scratched and easily broken when heavy objects fall on them.
Porcelain floors are also ceramic floors, but in this case the material is highly pressed so the porosity is much lower since, due to the way they are manufactured in a single firing, they are highly resistant and have low water absorption. This is a good option if you are looking for a coating that is resistant to changes in temperature, use or humidity. It is very easy to maintain and you can find many finishes depending on where it is going to be placed. They are more expensive floors than ceramic floors.
The taste for industrial aesthetics has increased the use of this type of coatings, made of materials that imitate polished concrete. This is the case of microcement, which can be applied with a minimum thickness. Its application is fast, although it requires time in which it cannot be transited. Its mineral aesthetics are very pleasant, but the downside is that they cannot be cleaned with abrasive products such as bleach or acids. They are delicate because they scratch easily; with furniture legs, chairs, etc.
Epoxy resin floors
These are continuous design floors in very different colors and without resin joints and have currently appeared as an ideal way to change the traditional floor. They allow very quick partial renovations since it is not necessary to lift the previous floor as it is self-leveling, except let it be made of wood. It is a waterproof, non-slip, hygienic floor as it does not have joints, and it resists the action of the sun's rays well.
Vinyl floors are used to give a special touch to certain spaces in the house, since there are multiple designs that imitate other materials very well. Vinyl flooring insulates noise, is hypoallergenic and is easily installed over floors made of other materials. In kitchens and bathrooms it resists humidity very well. It is also a recommended material when the budget is low.
Linoleum floors are a type of floor made up of natural elements such as linseed oil, wood or resin, among many others. What makes it a floor with great characteristics such as antibacterial, antistatic, diversity of designs and colors, resistant, highly durable, non-slip, recyclable and easy to maintain.
Linoleum flooring is mainly used as commercial flooring. Its use is widespread in educational environments due to its high resistance and durability against high levels of traffic. They are also used for sports areas such as gyms, sports centers, courts, etc.
Cork flooring is characterized by its resistance to water and splintering, and because it creates an environment of comfort. It is a floor with great thermal insulation, acoustic insulation and easy maintenance.
The use of cork for flooring means that cork panels can be used successfully in areas where there are asthmatic and allergic people. Natural cork does not absorb dust, has anti-fungal properties, is moisture resistant and easy to care for. It is an organic and natural product, to obtain the cork, no trees are cut down, the cork oaks are simply peeled and thus always continue to grow.
Natural stone floors
These are soils with great resistance, durability, versatility and waterproofing. Natural stone floors made from materials such as marble, slate or limestone are ideal for installing the interior of your home. These materials, in addition to providing beauty, also They stand the test of time perfectly.