Choosing a suitable floor finish for each room or area in your home, office or other work environment can be a very daunting task! The modern market is overrun with choices and options available to consumers, designers and decorators.
Selecting a suitable floor finish that compliments your lifestyle is of the utmost importance and the wrong choice can completely ruin a space. Here are some things to consider when making your personal selection for a floor finish:
- Practicality & style
- Longevity of the product
- Foot traffic in your environment
- Climate of your environment
- Cleaning of your floor
The most critical element in any floor finish or coating is probably the preparation prior to application or installation. I found this to be especially crucial in older existing homes where a renovation has taken place; cracked and uneven concrete surfaces need remedial work prior to the installation of a new flooring system. I always suggest that a surface repair using a self levelling screed is applied prior to the finishing coat or application. Another important piece of advice is that the flooring should be the very last element to install.
Current trends in flooring for Bedrooms have changed over the past number of years. Thick pile carpets are still popular in many homes, but contemporary wood-look vinyl flooring, engineered wood flooring and hardwood flooring has become very popular. These are all fairly warm underfoot and are often used in combination with suitable underfloor heating systems
In open-plan living areas, office environments, kitchens & bathrooms the trends are not that fixed. Products used in these spaces include the following, but are not limited to:
- Large format tiles
- Polished concrete flooring
- Pigmented screed floor toppings
- Epoxy & polyurethane flooring
This selection of floor coatings and finishes are often continued on vertical surfaces and countertops for uniformity and flow in these environments.