5 Common Flooring Materials for Any Filipino Home
Interior designer Aislinn Kee talks about the different types of flooring materials that you can use for your own space
Are you building or renovating your home? If you are, you may have to select materials for your floors. However, since there are many different kinds of flooring materials available, it may be difficult to make the right choices!
To help you have the best floors for your property, you should always think about the price and appearance of the flooring materials. The flooring options should fit your budget and complement the style of your home.
Here are five common flooring materials that you may want to consider:
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Solid hardwood floors possess the natural beauty of real wood grain, color and shine. Hardwoods differ in quality and price, depending on the species. Imported species include oak, maple and cherry. Local hardwoods such as mahogany, teak and molave are also available.
While hardwood flooring can be an expensive investment, it can also add value to your home. Hardwood flooring can withstand much wear and tear, as well as polishing and refinishing, for many years to come.
Engineered wood planks are composed of wood particles and fibers bound together with adhesive, to form a core of plywood or high-density fiberboard. This core is topped with a layer of wood veneer.
The fiberboard core is sturdy and humidity-resistant, while the wood veneer surface looks just like real wood. With these features, engineered wood planks are less expensive alternative to hardwood floors.
Natural stone flooring adds a polished and stately feel to any home. There are different kinds of natural stone to choose from, such as marble, granite, travertine and slate. The hardness and porosity of natural stone flooring depends on the type of stone you choose, but generally, natural stone flooring is easy to maintain and can be durable against wear and tear.
The grain and color of each tile also vary within a particular batch of natural stone tiles. Each tile is unique— this sets natural stone apart from other flooring choices.
Ceramic tiles are commonly used in many homes because they are durable and easy-to-maintain.
When it comes to design and style, there are different sizes, colors, and finishes to choose from. The glaze finish of ceramic tiles may come in matte, semi-gloss and gloss. With the wide range of ceramic tiles available, you can use them in almost any area in the home, be it the outdoor space, the living room, or even the bathroom.
Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.
Laminate flooring is made of an inner core of resin or fiberboard material, fused together with a photographic surface layer through a lamination process.
The clear protective film on the surface of laminate flooring makes it sturdy and durable. On the other hand, the photographic surface layer of the laminate flooring mimics the appearance of wood or stone.
In other words, it will last for a long time and can look like wood or stone, making it an affordable material for many homeowners.
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