The floor is a very key component of a construction. Many would say the ceiling or the walls would perhaps be the most crucial because they support the structure of the building or the house. However, floors receive the most wear and tear. They are more frequently in need of repair than walls or ceilings.
It is important to understand the type of floor you have in order to appropriate the necessary maintenance and repairs, so that it can serve you longer. Many types of flooring are durable and have a beautiful finish. You do not have to have the same type of flooring throughout the whole house. Different floor types are suited to different areas. For example, tiles are for wet areas as opposed to wooden finishes.
1. Hardwood floors have a beautiful finish and are long-lasting. However, time causes the wood to expand causing swelling, or the wood could shrink causing gaps between the boards. Hardwood floors can be refinished and this is an added advantage during repairs and maintenance.
Hardwood floors are maintained by regular waxing and polishing. This keeps them waterproof and keeps the wood from absorbing or losing moisture, which is what causes them to shrink and swell.
2. Marble flooring is durable and versatile. It is also easy to clean and maintain. Marble tiles come in different sizes, colours, and can have patterns and motifs engraved or embossed on them to create decorative finishes. They are easily replaced and a chipped tile does not necessarily mean that the whole floor has to be retiled.
Marble tiles can be maintained with water and soft soap. Keeping them dry also prevents accidents due to slipping on wet floors.
3. Laminate flooring is easy to install and maintain. It also comes in a variety of shades and finishes. It is good for high traffic areas. However it cannot be refinished, meaning that repairs and maintenance will often entail an entire process of resurfacing.
Laminate flooring can also be maintained with soft soap and water. Keeping the surface completely dry keeps water from seeping under the surface and causing the flooring to become loose.
4. Bamboo floors are the latest in green solutions. They are lightweight and durable and come in a variety of shades. Bamboo floors will darken with sun exposure but should never be left wet.
The maintenance of bamboo floors is similar to that of hardwood floors. They benefit from regular waxing. Should they get too dark, you can sand and reapply the wax on them.
5. Ceramic tiles, like marble tiles, are also durable and versatile. They are easy to clean and maintain as well as replace. However, cracks are more difficult to mask and low quality tiles are likely to chip.
Like marble tiles, they are good for wet areas and can often withstand prolonged periods in water. When cracked or chipped, they should be replaced immediately and not just for the aesthetics. The disrepair could affect other tiles around causing them to be disconnected from the bonding.