Everyone’s homes are different, from the wallpaper to the light fixtures and one important feature of any home that is commonly overlooked is the flooring. Flooring can come in a wide array of types and looks that can suit any range of uses. Keeping your floor in good condition is important to extend the wear ability and promote a longer life span. Here are some important factors to take on board when choosing or maintaining a floor in your home.
Laminate flooring can be durable and resists scratches and is easier to clean, meaning overall low maintenance. Depending on the type of wood that is used for the flooring. Hard Wood Laminate flooring can add value to a property. However, in comparison, it will be considerably more expensive than the standard pressed wood. Standard Laminate consists of several thin layers of material that are pressed together and then a printed paper layer that is covered by a protective clear coat for the pattern. The average lifespan for laminate flooring ranges between 15 to 25 years. The difference in life expectancy depends on the quality of the flooring, whether it was installed correctly. Also the severity and amount of traffic it receives. Because of this, the life span can vary from as short as 10 years to as long as 30 years. Poor maintenance such as using over cleaning or the use of harsh cleaners and failing to wipe up spills can reduce the floor’s condition. Some types of quality laminate flooring that is maintained consistently can last for more than 20 years. Though, it will not outlive a hardwood floor.
On average, vinyl floors can last between 10 and 20 years. With proper installation from a flooring expert, topped up with regular maintenance. Vinyl floors can last well beyond their expected time frame. Vinyl Floors that are stylish and a cheaper alternative for that flooring product that may last a lifetime.
The inexpensive range of carpet will typically last anywhere between 1 to 5 years. A moderate grade carpet can last up to 15 years, with cleaning and regular maintenance. The best of the best; ‘crème de la crème ’ grade carpet on the market, can last up to 25 years. A lot will come down to the owners care and on how they treat the carpet from how often vacuuming occurs to cleaning up spills. Check out flooring specialists such as Carpet One, they have an amazing range of carpets to suit a number of domestic needs.
Tile floors can last hundreds of decades if provided you choose the right tile and take care of them. Even some Mosaic Tiles in Pompeii, Italy, survived the horrendous volcano eruption 79 AD. They can be seen after excavation. Most kinds of glazed porcelain, glazed ceramic, and terra cotta floor tile can last up to, and even over 50 years or more. However, if you want your tile floor to last you do need to take some considerations into account. Not all floor tiles can take heavy load demands, so It’s important to choose the right tile for your application if you want that tile to perform well over time. Some tiles may need to be re-sealed to protect your tiles from degenerating. For example, a terracotta tiled floor is commonly sealed when used indoors to help protect it. If you want your terracotta floor to last longer, it’s advised to reseal it roughly every 3 years.
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