Top 5 Popular Flooring Styles
Get the look and feel you desire in your home by choosing a floor type that appeals to you.
Flooring is considered one of the main features of a home or office and determines the overall ambience and welcoming. The problem is, there are so many choices that we try to incorporate all types into our home. It is best to stick with a maximum of two different types in your living areas to avoid your home looking like a disorganised, patchy mess.
With all the choices available on offer, some have become increasingly popular due to affordability, aesthetics, low maintenance and ease of installation.
Bamboo flooring is characterised by its light coloured hardwood look and durability. It is a naturally hypoallergenic material, which makes it the ideal choice if you have family members who suffer from allergies.
When sustainable living became a global trend, bamboo flooring gained instant popularity, and the modern treatment of bamboo flooring has allowed it to become a strong competitor in the industry, as it is resilient, attractive and cost effective.
Maintaining a bamboo floor is extremely easy – all you need to do is vacuum or sweep it regularly, and use a natural cleaning agent to wipe clean with a mop or micro-fibre broom. An added benefit of bamboo is that it is an insulator, much like other wood variants. This means you can conserve heat and cut costs on your electricity bill.
Timber is still one of the most popular floor styles due to its grandeur. This solid, durable material is one of the most common floor surfaces found in homes across the world. It is widely available in engineered, laminate and hardwood finishes.
Timber hardwood is a classic, timeless surface that induces feelings of warmth and luxury to your guests, and it remains top on the list when it comes to renovating. Hardwood flooring is long lasting and can instantly change the style and ambience of any interior space. Its versatility allows it to be used in almost any area of the home, from your TV room and lounge, to your formal dining room and bedroom.
Cork is gaining more popularity because of its natural appearance and durability. It is manufactured from the Cork Oak tree, using only its outer layer of bark, which contains cork.
The natural colour gives a welcoming feeling to any space, making it perfect for the entrance of a home. One of its greatest benefits is the density of the material, which has sound absorbing qualities. It is also loved for requiring minimal maintenance, similar to laminate flooring.
Closely resembling hardwood and bamboo floors, laminate flooring is made up of several layers of processed wood, covered with a photographic film in order to imitate timber wood, at a fraction of the cost. Laminate flooring is extremely affordable as these layers of wood can be made of off-cuts and pulp.
Besides the manufacturing, you can also save money on the installation because any keen DIY enthusiast can easily install this floor with the right tools and instructions. These selling points have led to laminate flooring becoming a popular option.
As for the overall look, these floors are modern and come in a variety of colours. Laminate flooring is ideal for many environments, from residential homes to office buildings.
This classic flooring option has not lost its popularity, however, certain tiling styles have. For example, avoid floral patterns and off-colours such as dusty pink or dull green.
While these colours were popular in the 70s, it is now definitely all about the pristine white tile in ceramic and porcelain. Kitchens and bathrooms are still the only rooms where tiles are the only acceptable form of flooring, so make sure you choose the right tile!
Contact Webb Floors for advice or for more information about their floor supply and installation services.
Pros and Cons of Cork Flooring
Cork flooring has a particular appeal to Perth residents because of its elegant and finished look. It’s a neat material and excellent for pets—many dogs prefer cork over any other material.
So, if you’re wondering about installing cork in your bedroom, sitting room or bathroom then you should really consider looking at the real advantages and disadvantages of cork flooring.
THE PROS OF CORK FLOORING
1. Cork is soundproof: it blocks off sound from your neighbours downstairs and also closes off echoes in rooms that are more bare than other rooms in your home.
2. Cork is warm: naturally, cork remains warm and you can walk barefoot if you like and not feel the cold as you would with other wood flooring or tiles.
3. Cork is green: unlike other trees, cork bark regenerates itself, which means it is more eco-friendly than other flooring options.
4. Cork is hypoallergenic: this means that it is safe for those who suffer from all sorts of allergies.
5. Cork’s a dog’s world: your dog’s favourite sleeping place will be on your cork floor. It’s warm, soft and perfect.
6. It’s durable: cork is resistant to foot traffic, to foot impressions or depressions. Also, it can be easily blended in unlike scratches on other types of flooring.
THE CONS OF CORK FLOORING
1. Cork is light sensitive: this means that the colour you first chose—the one you fell in love with—will, like a pair of high school sweethearts, change in colour as they grow older and stay in the sunlight.
2. Cork needs an extra cover: cork cannot be installed without an added layer of polyurethane. The problem here lies in the choice of workmanship you select. Be sure to have it coated properly to prevent it from swelling, which is what cork will do naturally.
3. It is water resistant, but unfortunately, not waterproof: Water is not its best friend. Although there are bathrooms that have cork installed, if there is a lot of water that emanates from this area, it can easily damage the cork flooring.
There you have it, now it’s up to you to decide if cork is the right choice for your home, consider all the points and take into account your lifestyle. For example, do you have kids? Do you have dogs? Is your home one you would want to be easy to clean and undetectable of the odd scratch or mark here and there.
How to Look After Parquet Flooring
Parquet flooring upkeep is the question here. And it’s an important one because it’s an elegant, beautiful and sophisticated flooring; in fact, it’s a piece of art. So how do you make sure that it remains picture-perfect?
We’ve got some tips to help you keep your parquet flooring in tiptop shape. Read these tips and your flooring will look just as beautiful as the day you installed them, minus the dust from the installers.
Here are your parquet flooring tips to keep them in great condition:
Cleaning Your Parquet Floor
The cleaning process depends on whether or not you have had a layer of polyurethane finishing on your parquet flooring. If you have this lining then it’s best to use a special hard-wood cleaner every week. If your parquet flooring was finished with varnish then it’s best to be cleaned one every four months with special wax so that you can buff the floor with a soft cloth until you are satisfied with the look.
We also suggest a sweeper or vacuum on the floors regularly to remove dirt and dust just as you would with carpets. Try not to use harsh chemicals like bleach.
Moisture in Parquet Flooring
You need to watch out for moisture. The good news about parquet flooring is that the wood used is made to enhance moisture resistance. Years ago, we didn’t have the technology to manufacture parquet flooring with this resistance. Mop your floors as usual, but use a damp mop, not a dripping wet one. A good tip during humid seasons is to use wipe the floors with a dry cloth every so often.
Keep in mind to remove spills as soon as they occur. Parquet flooring absorbs moisture, and unfortunately, over time it can become warped.
Parquet Floor Stains
Spills that aren’t cleaned up straight away can leave lasting stains. If this happens, it’s best to use a non-abrasive wood cleaner with a soft cloth. Marks from shoes can be buffed gently using a cleaner and very fine steel wool – then apply some parquet-suitable wax to the flooring.
Cleaners designed for parquet floors can be used to scrub, gently. The key here is to use as little water as possible to prevent water damage. Don’t scrub too harshly. Be gentle but persistent. The stain will go away.
Parquet flooring is rather vulnerable to heavy traffic. By preventing this, you can ensure that the flooring will not look aged and worn. So, when you move furniture or buy a new lounge suite, remember to be gentle and vigilant of scratches moving furniture can make on your parquet flooring.
Parquet flooring is also sun-sensitive. It might be a good idea to have curtains or blinds to prevent the sunlight from glaring on the floors for prolonged periods of time. This can lead to fading.
One last thing, if you have pets, keep their nails trimmed to prevent scratch marks.
Parquet Flooring Touch-ups
If you start to notice that your parquet flooring is starting to look worn out or aged, you can actually touch it up. Here’s how:
Use a touch-up stick that’s made with special wax to repair flooring marks. Try to find the right colour that matches the floor. Finish it off with the buffing techniques you learned above.
Now, for the more technical-minded and hands-on type of person, either call in a professional or you could drill a shallow hole in the damaged piece and use a chisel to remove the wood. You can then replace the piece with a new piece of flooring. Cut it to size and use parquet floor adhesive and install it.
With these great tips in mind, you’ll soon be walking on parquet-perfect floors. It may seem like a long list, but when you break it down, it’s pretty simple. You really don’t need to call in a professional to keep your parquet flooring in mint condition.
Remember why you first decided to install your parquet flooring. Keep that in mind and you’ll be sure to let the pride of your floors, and house, return. Look forward to inviting guests to your ‘new’ home soon!
Of course, if you are looking for a professional to take over the refurbishment of your parquet flooring, feel free to contact us for information on how we can assist.