When it comes to remodeling your apartment, the floor will account for a major part of the overall budget. It will also greatly influence the end result. There are many options available and there is something to fit comfortably within just about any budget range. You will need to take into account some additional factors such as the age and style of the building as well. You should still have a range of options to choose from. Different types of flooring provide their own range of advantages and disadvantages. Some types are better suited to warmer climates while some are better suited to cooler climates. Some are more appropriate if you have children or pets while others are not and so forth. Following is an overview of some of the more popular options that you may want to consider when you are remodeling your home.
Carpets are particularly popular in the US and the UK. They provide a warm and cozy surface which is welcome in cooler climates. They also provide an additional layer of sound insulation which is particularly important in an apartment where there are people living on the floor below. Carpets certainly have their disadvantages as well, however. Carpets get dirty easily and quickly become dust traps, no matter how much you clean and look after them. More expensive carpets are quite durable, but all carpets will require professional cleaning every few years. Carpets are also one of the cheaper options.
Ceramic tiles are exceptionally durable and easy to clean. Almost anything that is spilled on them can be quickly and easily wiped up without staining. They are, however, prone to breaking if you drop something heavy on them, in which case the tile will need replacing. Ceramic tiles are most frequently used in kitchens and bathrooms due to the fact that they are easy to clean. They are less popular in other rooms of the house due to the fact that they provide a cold surface. This can be remedied by under floor heating. Ceramic tiles can be very cheap but installing them is a labor-intensive job.
Laminate flooring is extremely popular in spite of having only been around for a few decades. Laminate flooring can provide any sort of finish you want though it typically simulates a polished wood finish. Laminate flooring is cheap, durable and very easy to clean and maintain. Laminate flooring can look quite authentic as well, but it cannot match a classic hardwood or parquet floor. For the average apartment, laminate flooring is ideal, however. It combines the warmth and coziness of carpet or wood flooring with the practicality and low maintenance of tiled flooring. Laminate flooring is made from fiberboard sheeting with a layer on the top into which the surface pattern is printed. Contrary to popular belief, laminate flooring is a completely synthetic product.
Parquet flooring provides one of the most expensive and authentic types of flooring of all, especially in older buildings. Becoming popular in continental Europe in the nineteenth century, parquetry is a decorative mosaic of wood. Parquet flooring is expensive and difficult to install and it provides very little sound insulation. Parquet also requires regular maintenance and it is easy to stain or damage. Parquet flooring is the best option if you have a well-insulated sub floor, a high budget and an older apartment that you want to keep in line with the heritage of the building.
Hardwood flooring is the oldest style, having been around in one form or another for thousands of years. Hardwood flooring is durable, practical and fairly simple. The materials can be very expensive in spite of this and the hardwood itself provides very little sound insulation. Like parquet, a hardwood floor does require regular maintenance including sanding and polishing. Hardwood flooring comes in many different styles and types of wood.