Many people have been wondering what the best floor to put in their houses is. It is usually a big headache for people who are in the process of building a home. When many people build their own house, they often have images of a fairy tale home in their head. Many want to build glass houses, marble floors, chandeliers until they are woken up by the reality of building such things.
This is not to say that it is altogether impossible, or impractical, it is only to say that at some point in life, you will notice not all things are impossible but they require comparisons in order to choose what is best for you.
When it comes to floors, especially in areas where floods are a popular occurrence, it is important to look for a floor that will not always cost you expensive repairs when the rains come, worse still when the house plumbing breaks and fills the house with water.
In such areas, you can use carpets but you have to remove them in time for the rains because once they are exposed to water, your house will stink like a cowshed. It is therefore important to note the seasons where you have to remove the carpets and area rugs to leave the floor bare. Assuming the carpets were just for decoration and the theme of the house, and you have a good floor, which type of floor would stand the test of time.
- Hardwood floors
Hardwood floors are the most affected by water especially if their finish was wanting, when water gets into the wood; it immediately initiates a rot that needs to be removed as soon as it is detected because it might require you to remove the whole floor since it is almost impossible to salvage.
The cost implication of this is very high compared to other types of floors because hard woods are expensive to buy and install. It is therefore critical that the finishing be done professionally and well; this way, the floor can survive the water better than a poorly finished floor.
- Laminate floors
Laminate floors are versatile floors that can be made to resemble hardwood, tiles, marble, or any other type of floor. They are man-made and therefore very affordable compared to other naturally occurring floors.
When they are exposed to water, no damage is expressly visible, however, with continued exposure, the laminates start to peel and creek under a lot of weight meaning that their integrity has been compromised. Though it is cheap to replace them, it is easier to have a floor that does not need you to repair constantly since a flood is a normal occurrence in the area.
- Tiles and natural stones
These two types of floors tie in terms of their reaction to water, when it comes to aesthetic value and longevity, they vary such that one is not brittle neither does it easily break under pressure unlike the other. However, on versatility, they almost score the same since they can be molded to any shape, used for any room and the like. Under water, apart from some manageable mold, the floors stand firm for a long time before needing any renovations or repairs.