When taking up the construction or remodeling of a building structure, there are several things to consider. From fixtures to interior decor, and roofing, everything has to be redesigned to fit the new look. Notably, the things above and in front of you are easy to remember. In other words, the things that you take note of most of the time are easy to include in your remodeling project.
However, there’s one key aspect that many usually ignore, intentionally or negligently – the flooring. In today’s contemporary world, the flooring options are wide and varied. And so are the custom designs available with them. Nonetheless, in this article, you’ll find some of the most valued contemporary flooring options today. Not just that, we’ll also be discussing the purpose they serve in your space.
So, without any further ado, let’s begin.
Inlaid Concrete Flooring
One of the most basic flooring options, from the old school, the concrete is also the cheapest to maintain. Not only this flooring option is great for adding color and class to any space but also increases longevity.
Since it is also the fundamental construction material used in your building, there’s no need to load the structure with additional flooring materials. This helps reduce the cost of installation.
Concrete is naturally water and UV-resistant. Not only that concrete has superb tolerance for thermal conduction. Thus, it also helps maintain the indoor temperature conditions and reduction in energy bills.
With minimalistic yet modern designs, concrete is sure to add a lot of subtleness to your space. Not just that, if you’re considering going for an industrial or workhouse type of look, concrete may suit you perfectly.
With flexibility in color options and polish gradient, you can choose anywhere from contemporary to old school look for your space.
Vinyl And Laminates
Coming from a lineage of technology-backed flooring systems, laminates and vinyl are a perfect choice for small homes. Especially, the homes that have damping or moisture issues.
This ultra-durable material does not lose its finish for long, despite being subjected to high traffic. Not just that, you can easily find laminate sheets that create a pseudo wooden or stone effect. However, as per the experts in Flooring Systems of Arizona, without proper installation, vinyl and laminate flooring can bubble and wear unevenly. So, it is rather convenient to seek professional help when installing vinyl or laminate flooring.
That being said, vinyl flooring is a little more expensive than concrete. But, for the cost you put in, you can expect a better-looking floor for your home/office.
It is also noteworthy that while laminates and vinyl may look alike, fundamentally, they are not. Laminates are presumably more durable than vinyl since they are made out of natural materials.
If you’re looking for a more rustic flooring option that still adds a touch of luxe and modernity to your space, then hardwood panels could be the perfect option for you.
These are easy to clean, and ultra-durable, along with providing an outstanding thermal resistance. Like high-grade thermal insulators, wood does not conduct heat and thus protects your indoor from heating up too much. This in turn, could help reduce the air conditioning costs, and therefore, cut energy bills.
Besides they come in a variety of veneer finishes including oak, cherry, bamboo, mahogany, ash, and many more. In recent years, hardwood panels made out of engineered wood are leading the architectural designing charts.
Though the flooring option is not new, it has been gaining a lot of traction over the past few years. For its elegance and charming aesthetics, and plush feel under the feet, wooden flooring is your best bid. Especially, if you have children or the elderly at home.
Besides, when we wish to flaunt your luxe taste before your guests, wooden flooring is not just an option.
Since we are talking about soft flooring options, it would be unwise to ditch carpets. They stand a long lineage of royalty and luxury. From the stone age to dynasties, and now the contemporary world, carpets have stood popular throughout all.
However, it is worth mentioning that carpet flooring is by far the most troublesome when it comes to maintenance and cleaning.
Carpets have piles that can easily trap pet dander, dust, and mites. Scrubbing and brushing regularly can help remove these, but for a thorough cleanup, it is recommended to get it cleaned professionally.
Nonetheless, when added to selective areas in your space, these can be pretty enhancing to the overall aesthetics of your home or office. You can place them in the common areas like the living room, or hallways. Or you can also choose to install them in your bedroom for a soothing effect in your private space.
That being said, if maintained regularly, carpets can last the longest as compared to any other flooring option. They are resistant to scratches and breakages and also protect your household items from accidental breakage.
Stones And Tiles
Last but not least is the stone or tile flooring option. This material is not only durable but also one of the most elegant features that you can add to your space.
The shine and luster of tiles are pretty well known, while stones have been used for flooring since time immemorial. If you wish for a kingdom-inspired look at your space, then tiles or stones are the perfect choices for you.
However, they also need more maintenance, especially if compared with concrete and wooden flooring options. Tiles are prone to chipping and cracks, while stones are known to be slippery. Though you can add more friction to the stones with the help of texture polishing, you may still need to be careful with this flooring option.
The flooring options are not limited to just these. Not just that, you can even choose to mix and match different options to suit your preferences. For example, you can use tiles and carpet options together to create a subtle luxe in your bedroom or your living room.
In the end, keep in mind that it’s your space and you should be deciding what’s suits your character best.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.