The floors of a house take
the brunt of our everyday activities and are usually the first
surfaces to reflect wear and tear. As such, it’s important to
invest in floors which will keep pace with your daily life and add
value while simultaneously infusing your home with a touch of class.
Floors bring the whole
room together. Without the right flooring, your room can have design
elements in all the right places and still not look right. When choosing the ideal flooring for your room
or home, there are many things to consider. Here’s a helpful guide
about the basic facts that you should be knowledgeable of when it
comes to flooring.
1. Factors to consider
before installing your floors
Choosing your floors
requires a lot of thinking and decision-making to do. The flooring
you choose should be well-suited to your needs and the style of your
home. It should also be within your budget. Keep in mind that the
flooring of your house will be a lifetime asset to your property, so
reflect on some factors before installing.
When choosing a floor for
your home, always consider its durability. You will not change your
flooring again for quite some time so make sure your choice is worth
the effort and money that’s spent on it.
If you are keen on
cleanliness, choose flooring that will not get dirty easily and that
can easily be maintained, like tiles or laminates.
While selecting your
floors, make sure your choices do not conflict with the style of your
furnishings. If you have modern furniture, you can select carpets or
tiles but if you have more classical furniture, choosing stone or
marble might be a better option.
Renovating your floors can be pretty costly.
Make sure you make an estimate of the cost and search for your
floorings accordingly. If you are looking for floorings on a very
small budget, you might prefer to buy laminate flooring rather than
marble or natural stone floorings. Choose the flooring that fits your
budget as well as your home.
Make sure your flooring is
in accordance to your lifestyle. For instance, if you have little
kids and are afraid that they might hurt themselves on the hard tiles
or marble, then carpeting the house might lessen the chances of their
getting hurt. Whereas, if you have pets in the house, then carpeting
the entire place might not be an appropriate option as carpet gathers
a lot of dust and fur and can lead to unhygienic conditions.
Climate has a big effect
on the flooring of any house. Weather changes can makes floors hot or
cold accordingly. Living in a warm climate like the Philippines,
needs a floor that will feel cool to your feet, like tiles or marble.
2. Selecting the right
Picking new flooring can
be daunting task. There are many materials to choose from and each
type has a scope of options to go along with it. Here are popular
types of flooring materials, where they're best used and their
For starters, let's take a
look at a traditional favorite: hardwood. Thanks to hardwood's
durability and warm, natural feel, it continues to be the flooring of
choice for many homeowners. Hardwood
floors come in a variety of styles
such as plank, parquet and prefinished boards that you can install
Concrete is also one of
the top choices in the Philippines. With the wide range of sealers
and specialty stains currently on the market, plain and gray concrete
can be stamped and stained to resemble polished marble, tumbled
stone, brick pavers or really anything you wish. Plus, concrete
floors are durable and long-lasting. It's also the perfect flooring
for radiant heat.
Porcelain is a popular
choice for tile flooring. When selecting tile on a budget, porcelain
is the most cost-effective. It combines the beauty and hardness of
stone, but costs considerably less and is much easier to maintain
than marble, which is porous and must periodically be resealed.
Glazed porcelain tile is durable enough to handle heavy traffic areas
and is available in a wide range of hues, textures and finishes.
Unleash your creativity and combine tiles of various sizes, colors
and textures to create a one-of-a-kind floor.
One of the most
value-conscious flooring options today is vinyl. It's an
especially popular choice for rooms that are prone to moisture
problems, such as basements, bathrooms and kitchens. Vinyl is also
easy to clean and softer underfoot than tile. Vinyl is available as
sheets and self-stick tiles, and it is sold in a variety of widths
and thicknesses. One rule to remember when selecting vinyl is the
thicker it is, the more traffic it can bear.
Laminate flooring is one
of the most popular flooring choices around. It's easier to install
than solid-wood hardwood floors and is much less expensive. Laminate
floors get their name because they're composed of different
wood-based materials that are layered, or laminated, together then
topped with a wood grain photographic imprint on the face of each
3. How much is square
As much as the durability
and the long-lasting characteristic of material are important when
choosing floors, considering your budget is vital to keep in mind.
You will find bargain laminate flooring hovering
around P100 or less per square footage; nothing gorgeous but it
has a general wood-like appearance. Sheet and tile resilient
flooring can also be found in this price range. Lots of gorgeous
ceramic and porcelain tile can be found in this range--but tile is
truly a labor-intensive installation.
Around P150-250 per square footage is the sweet spot
price range for some domestic solid hardwood and engineered wood
flooring, but do not expect any exotic woods. The more attractive
laminates fall in this range, as well as higher quality luxury
Increasing your price range to around P250 and above
means you can explore some of the harder, more exotic hardwood and
engineered wood options--kempas, ipe, brazilian cherry, mahogany.
The highest quality, premium laminate and luxury vinyl flooring
products will be found here.
4. Maintenance of
cleanliness of floors is a daily necessity that every homeowner must
be obliged with. Regular maintenance includes sweeping with a soft
bristle broom or dusting with a dry microfiber mop. If the floor has
beveled edges, vacuum with the beater bar turned off to remove dust
from between the floorboards. Clean the floors periodically with a
floor cleaning product recommended by a flooring professional.
Bear in mind that
self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear
dull quickly. Do not over-wax a wood floor. If a wax floor dulls, try
buffing instead. Avoid wax buildup under furniture and other light
traffic areas by applying wax in these spots every other waxing
session. A better tip is purchasing an all-purpose cleaner to polish
whichever kind of flooring you have at home.
Invest in high-quality
floor mats and protective pads under heavy furniture for an extra
layer of protection to your tile floors. Place floor mats at
entrances and exits—they collect and trap corrosive substances that
can be tracked in, like dirt, sand, oil, grit, asphalt, or even
driveway sealer. Placing mats in high-traffic areas, like in front of
vanities, kitchen sinks, and stoves, is an effective way to reduce