When designing your custom home, one of the most important features to keep in mind is the flooring. The floor is one of the most used items in your home, so not only should it be a direct reflection of your style, but it should also be durable. There are a few important factors to keep in mind when picking out what flooring will fit into your custom home such as the style of your home, color selections, and personal preference. Below, we outline some of the common flooring options available for custom homes.
Hardwood is both elegant and durable. It provides a timeless, classic look that can be used in almost any architectural theme or interior design. There are a variety of different hardwood options to choose from as well. Oak, maple, and cherry are popular for being both durable and visually appealing. While Bamboo, Acacia, and Brazilian Pecan offer a more unique and exotic aesthetic. In addition to the aesthetic benefits of hardwood flooring, it can also increase the value of your home.
Porcelain tile is a popular choice for flooring in wet areas such as the kitchen, bathroom and laundry areas. Since porcelain tile is a less porous flooring option, it offers greater stain and water resistance. Through-bodied porcelain tiles have color and texture that run all the way through; perfect for disguising chips and scratches. They are strong and durable, and contain no glaze. Glazed porcelain tiles are covered in a hard finish that is colored to achieve its desired effect. These tiles are strong and dense, and are available in a wide range of colors and designs.
Stone floors are natural, beautiful, and always stylish. The naturally cool, hard surface is ideal for warm climates like Florida and does not harbor dust or allergens. The amount and size of pores in a stone, referred to as porosity, affects its strength and stain resistance. If you plan to install stone in a high-traffic area, such as your kitchen, foyer, or bathroom, you’ll want to choose a hard, dense stone that is less porous. Softer, more porous stones, such as marble or travertine, require regular applications of sealants and frequent cleaning to prevent staining and pitting.
Linoleum is a very green choice when picking flooring. It is made with renewable and biodegradable resources and has mineral pigments added to produce vibrant colors. Considered a top environmentally friendly flooring choice, linoleum produces no harmful vapors. Vinyl flooring, on the other hand may give off harmful compounds such as lead, cadmium, and phthalate plasticizers for years. This type of flooring is ideal for fitness rooms, designated play rooms, and garages.
Ceramic tile is a popular choice because of its durability and variety. It comes in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. There are three primary types of ceramic flooring. Glazed ceramic, which has a glasslike coating that makes it essentially maintenance-free; unglazed ceramic (quarry tile), which has rougher texture; and Terracotta, which usually has earthy undertones and a rustic look, but it is not as durable as glazed or unglazed ceramic tiles and needs to be sealed every so often to prevent staining.
Carpeting is ideal for bedrooms, in-home movie theaters, designated play rooms, and living areas. Carpeting is a very versatile flooring option that is available in a variety of color and texture choices. When selecting carpet, an important thing to consider is the type of fiber it’s made of. As one of the most versatile fibers, nylon is strong and resistant to moisture. Polyester is also a sturdy fiber, but stains can be more difficult to remove. Polypropylene fibers do not absorb water or fade with sunlight, making it the perfect choice for outdoor carpeting.
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