The flooring of any interior space sets the tone for it ground up. It is also one of the more permanent features of a defined area. You can change how the walls’ look, but it is hard to do the same with flooring, except perhaps by using somethings that covers it up, i.e. Area rugs. So basically, the floor is the most exposed part of the interiors, and it impacts the overall décor theme a lot.

If you are on the verge of a floor remodel project or maybe deciding on the flooring of a new home, it is essential to understand all aspects of the process. There are numerous materials – from natural to synthetic and engineered – available, each with its own sets of pros and cons. And there are just so many exhaustive ranges of designs and prices available.

But choosing the best flooring for a house can be a daunting task, so before you delve deeper, let us give you a complete look down on everything flooring related!

Here we go!

1. Hardwood

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If you’re thinking of putting in wood floors, you can never go wrong. All types of hardwood floors have unmatched natural beauty and go with any type of decor. Hardwood flooring goes with any room, any setting, but it is said that special considerations are needed for kitchens and basements. They are a very attractive option, but unfortunately, they don’t fit into everyone’s pocket. You see, hardwood flooring can be pretty hefty on your budget. Plus, these floors can be damaged, which should undoubtedly be taken into consideration.

2. Tile

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It is very old, the most common, and one of the most popular types of flooring. The tiles available are mostly coloured and glazed and come in many kinds like vitrified tiles, ceramic tiles, etc. But the shortcoming to tile is that it is very cold. Also, it can crack, so its durability should be gauged considering which room you would be using it in. Tile is known to be a  great flooring option for a multitude of reasons. The very first reason is that it isn’t costly. Plus, the tile is waterproof, which is an excellent boon for spaces like kitchens and bathrooms.

3. Vinyl

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Vinyl makes for a friendly flooring option. It’s affordable and can be used in any part of the house, and is pretty sound-absorbent, too. If looking for a material that replicates the appearance of cold flooring materials like hardwood and stone, this comes out to be a perfect choice. However, the prices of vinyl vary greatly depending upon the types. Also, it should be kept in mind that vinyl can tear and dent easily.

4. Laminate

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Laminate flooring use has grown significantly over the years, perhaps because it is easier to install and maintain than traditional surfaces. It also has the advantage of costing a very meagre amount and also requiring less skill to install than alternative flooring materials. It is hygienic, reasonably durable and relatively easy to maintain. The only drawback is that once it gets ruined, it has to be replaced. There is no other alternative. 

5. Cork

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It is a natural material obtained from the outer bark of a cork oak tree. It is available in the form of coloured tiles and sheets. Cork is in trend for flooring these days. It brings a natural feeling for flooring. Cork flooring has so many wonderful benefits to boast of other than it being sustainable. It is an excellent insulator meaning you won’t walk on it bare feet and be cold. It is soft, which will make your feet feel good. Also,  If you are worried about germs, this type of floor is mold resistant and antimicrobial which adds another star to this flooring.

Plus, it is environmentally friendly and great at absorbing sounds. The downsides to cork are that furniture can leave grooves on it, and it can become discoloured by the sunlight. It will also be ruined if standing water is left on it.

6. Rubber

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Rubber flooring might sound odd, but there are a few cases where it would prove to be a good option. It requires little care and absorbs sound too. So for a gym or an athletic setting, it is a good option. It isn’t super soft, but if it is used for working out on it, it is suitable for joints. Rubber flooring can be made from either natural tree rubber or from synthetic materials, which are often recycled from vehicle tires. These materials are appropriate for an exceedingly, durable and low-maintenance surface option.

7. Plastic or PVC Flooring:

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It is made from Polyvinyl Chloride. These tiles are colourful and have a very smooth top surface and a rough lower surface.PVC is known to be impervious to water and for its long-wearing durability.

8. Plywood Farmhouse Floors

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It is a very durable flooring material, very inexpensive and extremely simple. Plus, if one of the boards goes bad, it is affordable to fix and maintain the floor. Also, the textures available are all very pretty.

9. Concrete Flooring

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It is an excellent flooring option. It is quite expensive. However, this floor is very functional and would be suitable for a basement. Also, it is very cold.

10. Red Oxide Flooring

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Technically speaking, it is cement oxide flooring that is red in colour. It was introduced by Portuguese and Italian traders first in Kerala and has been around for ages. It is a very cost-effective, durable and easy to maintain option which looks quite elegant. It is cool to the touch, and they make for an ideal flooring option for homes located in warm or tropical locations. It gives a lustrous finish that just gets better with time. Laying it is a very tedious job and requires an experienced mason. Furthermore, it may develop cracks due to exposure to the extreme climate, which is why it is best suited for indoors.

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Ilma Nafees is a bachelor's student pursuing Architecture from Jamia Millia Islamia. She has a deep interest in the conservation of the built heritage and the mysteries of Ancient Egypt. She believes writing an architectural content would enhance the understanding of the discipline better as architecture is the art of changing people’s life.

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