The beauty of wooden floors
DÃ©cor devotees and flooring fundis have predicted that wooden floors will be one of the top home improvement trends of 2013. But before you tear out all of the carpeting and tiles in your house, you need to decide on whether you’ll be taking up the trend with real wood, bamboo or vinyl with a wood effect. Since each type of wooden floors have its own benefits, we thought we’d share these to help you find the wooden flooring solution that fits your life and style.
- Wonderful wood: Real wooden floors are available in a variety of species, colours, styles, stains and finishes which can add elegance, warmth and depth to a room. They also never go out of style. These floors offer great durability and can withstand heavy foot traffic. In addition, hardwood floors are a great investment as they can add value to your property and contribute significantly to its resale price.
- Beautiful bamboo: A relatively new entrant on the flooring market, interest in bamboo floors is growing with more and more people choosing bamboo for its style, strength and easy maintenance. Known for its distinctive appearance, bamboo is available in a variety of shades and is good value for money. What’s more it can be stained or dyed to look like traditional hardwoods. One of bamboo’s major benefits is that it is eco-friendly with a renewable harvesting rate of between three to five years.
- Versatile vinyl: Renowned for being resistant to scratches, dents, scuffing, fading, stains, water damage and other normal wear and tear, vinyl flooring is a low-maintenance and cost-effective option. It also allows you to enjoy the warmth and appearance of wood and is available in a variety of trendy shades and finishes to suit the style and dÃ©cor of your home. Some types of vinyl flooring come with cushioning that not only ensures softness under foot but also minimises heat loss through the floor, reducing energy consumption. While vinyl flooring can be used in all areas of your home, it is best suited to those with high moisture levels such as bathrooms and kitchens.
You’ll be floored by how much your choice of flooring can improve the look and feel of your home!