We already know that one of the most decisive moments when we build a house is to choose the material for our home. The feeling when stepping on a material or another is very different, either by touch, warmth, functionality or noise when you step on it. Therefore, from Constructora Viñas we want to present what are the most popular types of flooring for a villa.
Material for the floor of a villa
Today there are a myriad of materials that can be used to cover the floor of a house. However, the five most typical are tiles, natural stone, natural wood and laminate or vinyl.
Although these types of flooring are the best known, it is also possible to use other materials such as concrete, textiles, rubber or rubber, or technical floors, among others. However, we are talking about materials that are rarely used for home interiors.
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Types of floors for houses
Nowadays there are hundreds of new models in stoneware floor tiles. This glazed or porcelain material is obtained from the firing of clays that usually have a superior glaze with the desired design. This means that we can choose almost any design we can think of. On the other hand, rustic stoneware is manufactured by extrusion and its finish and color is uniform throughout, so it is more limited than the others.
If we want a material that will not be damaged even after many years, useful in wet areas and extremely durable, stoneware tiles are the right material to cover the floor, because its versatility is very large and it is a perfect solution for most situations.
Its maintenance is null, which makes it the biggest advantage of this type of floor. So, when you want to clean it, you only have to avoid abrasive products. It is recommended to keep several boxes of the material that has been left over during the construction of the floor, because if we damage any piece, its replacement has no complications. Among the types of stoneware, porcelain stoneware is the most resistant to shocks, humidity and abrasion. In addition, it is also the most durable.
There are many types of stone in the world, however, there are not going to be more, which makes it a rather limited resource, especially if we want to use local stone without exporting it from another country.
This type of floor is very resistant, withstands humidity and is perfect for radiant floors. We could say that it lasts a lifetime. Unlike stoneware tiles, they need more space, as the thicknesses are much greater than those mentioned above. Each stone is unique, so it is quite a spectacle.
Although it is a very resistant material, you have to be careful, because in case a piece breaks, it is very difficult to find another identical one. Fortunately, if it is a small stain or a scratch, it is possible that it can be solved with a polish.
There are many types of wood in the world, but the woods used for flooring are more limited. In Spain, the normal choice is oak, maple, ash, cherry, pine, beech, elondo, jatoba, eucalyptus or wenge. Depending on the wood we choose, it will give us a type of grain and a base tone. However, if we want to get even more variety, stains and varnishes are a perfect solution.
It is a very pleasant material to walk on thanks to its comfort, naturalness and warmth. However, it can undergo large expansions and contractions that can cause noises when walking on it. In addition, if we have a radiant floor, natural wood is not at all advisable, because it hinders the passage of temperature. If the house is in a very humid area such as bathrooms or kitchens, it is not advisable to use this material, as it is very absorbent and would end up being damaged.
It is for all these reasons that natural wood requires a lot of care if we want to keep it in its optimum condition. However, if our floor is worn or scratched, it will only need sanding, varnishing or slashing to make it as good as new.
Laminate or vinyl
This is a floor that imitates natural wood, but without being natural wood. This was because of the problems of caring for a natural wood floor, as laminates require minimal maintenance. Laminates and vinyls are also made to imitate stone, textiles and metals, all in a very simple way.
If what you want is to have a wood finish but not worry about its maintenance and spending little money, laminate or vinyl is the solution. You only need to choose between these two materials: laminate or vinyl. The second material is more resistant to water and humidity and has a minimal risk of breakage. However, it has a plastic feel and is not ideal for radiant floors.
They are almost maintenance-free. It can be cleaned with a damp cloth, a mop or a specific product for the type of floor. However, this material cannot be fixed, so if one day it is damaged, we will have to replace the piece completely.
What material to use for the floor?
As you have seen, these are the most common types of materials, but remember that there are many more. As in everything, each material offers its advantages and disadvantages, so to choose the right material we must evaluate the factors that we prioritize before others; price, function, maintenance,…
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