The floor is one of the main elements of the decoration of a house. Of all types and colors, advising one floor or another without considering how the other parts of the house are designed is quite reckless.
Although it is clear that we have to contrast our floor with the architectural style, the furniture or the situation in which our house is, it is true that there are a number of currents or models that are at the forefront or, for Its characteristics, we have to take into account.
Here are 10 types of flooring for modern houses, with which you will bet on insurance. Exteriors, interiors, warm, humid, cold places, more cozy stays, more classic styles ... There is a type of floor for each specific place. Of course, remember to rely on your own instincts and to mold your house to your own taste, without others imposing a criterion in which you do not fully trust.
1. Conventional ceramics
The conventional ceramics or stoneware is a floor very adapted to our time. Its characteristics provide to the stay an atmosphere of simplicity and cleanliness, suitable for places of much traffic.
In the warmer areas, conventional ceramics are a good choice, as their high thermal conductivity increases the freshness in summer. This floor, in addition, is manufactured with very resistant materials, reason why it seems complicated that it is broken or raye.
There are two main types of stoneware: red and white pasta. The first comes from a lower and more economical range.
2. Hydraulic Tile
Hydraulic tile is back in fashion almost half a century later. This land began to be used in the nineteenth century, although in Spain it gained a great popularity between the decades of the 50 and 60 of the last century XX.
The white walls and simple decorations will favor the implementation of hydraulic tile, whose geometric figures and prints marry very well in classic homes, but also come phenomenal to give a retro touch to our modern houses.
Made with pigmented cement in three layers, the hydraulic tiles combine the essence of the traditional with the contemporaneity of the latest trends.
3. Smoothened cement
Smoothing cement, also known as microcement, appears lately in industrial and minimalist decorations. This coating, of great hardness and flexibility, combines with a great variety of materials, so that the imagination of the decorator will be practically the only limit when completing the stay.
One of the main advantages of microcemento is that it is clean, fast to place and of great beauty. Resistant, elegant, versatile ... with smoothed cement it is difficult to make a mistake.
Porcelain stoneware is a sturdy and compact material and its low porosity makes it a very hard material.
This resistance makes many opt to use porcelain for warehouses, exteriors or places with an important transit of people and even animals.
Changes in temperature, dirt or abrasion will not be possible with porcelain stoneware, which is made from pure materials such as kaolin or feldspar.
As for the purely aesthetic levels, this stoneware conforms very well to all types of housing, as the color depends directly on the coloring that is added to the mass, so the range is very wide. In addition, it has the ability to integrate perfectly into the environment and provides a sense of continuity that is not achieved with other materials.
The carpet is a classic choice for the lining of the home, especially in rooms. However, the emergence of increasingly modern technologies, which polish their defects and magnify their virtues, makes it a more than remarkable choice for many homes.
The main advantage of the carpet is its insulating ability. For that reason, it is the favorite choice in humid and cold places, since, even, it allows you to walk barefoot in winter without causing the immediate freezing of your feet.
The dirt and dust that used to accumulate the carpets made many people discard this option, especially in places with warm climates. But the evolution we commented that has suffered the material has caused the appearance of carpets that repel the dirt and do not store so much dust. That is why, except in really warm climates (it is true that in summers with very high temperatures, the difference is noticeable between carpeted rooms and the rest), carpet is a choice that will guarantee a pleasant temperature and undeniable elegance.
The mud floors are striking, if we want to give our house a traditional look, in a similar way if we decide to put on our floor tile hydraulic. Although we have to remember that, although they both provide some rustic air, they are not the same.
This classic stoneware can be seen a lot in the Spanish Mediterranean area and its production is done by baking the clay at low temperature and letting it dry in the open air.
The mud is a material of a warm red color and very porous. This porosity is often treated with enamels and varnishes, which also help to polish the final appearance of the floor, which, in this way, retains its rustic air, but at the same time, be careful.
Soils of clay can be used in many spaces, with the plus that their appearance, even, improves with the passage of the years.
To use the wood is almost always a success. The possibilities are very wide, since there are many types of wood, with different colors, different hardness and various qualities.
The wooden floor is a very cozy floor and will give our design houses the appearance of a real home. But it is also a very warm, hard and resistant soil.
In this type of soil we can find, in broad strokes, two different modalities: the floating parquet, which is placed on a membrane; And the platform, which is made of solid natural wood. The pallet is more elegant and durable, while the parquet is cheaper and faster to install.
The only but of the wood floors is that it is relatively simple to scratch, although it is also true that scratches are easy to repair.
Vinyl is one of the materials that has improved and has evolved in recent times. Years ago, using the vinyl was risky and even came to seem tatty. However, the improvement in the material has been a real revolution in the world of the soil.
Vinyls have the ability to imitate any type of material at a much cheaper price than the original and, as we say, nowadays the quality achieved already offers enough guarantee to bet on this option.
The maintenance of the vinyl floors is minimal and the finishes give completely the catch.
Hygienic, safe, easy to clean, warm, soft ... If you like the appearance of some kind of concrete floor, but you see in its disadvantages a handicap important enough not to finish deciding, choose a vinyl that simulates your Finish and forget about the rest of unnecessary worries. In addition, its installation is fast and clean, so the savings will not only be money but also time.
9. Natural stone
If you are looking for a hard and sturdy material, this will be your choice. There is no soil that can compete with natural stone for resistance.
Slate, quartzite, limestone ... The natural stone paved offer you multiple options depending on your tastes. The stone is a good insulation and will give the space in which you use a classic, robust and rustic.
The natural stone pavements are more destined to warm places than to cold ones, since, by nature, the stone refreshes the stay.
The wide range of existing stones that we mentioned before makes it possible to opt for this type of floor for both exteriors and interiors and combines with any architectural design.
Laminate flooring is made from wood fibers. These are pressed with high density resins and form several layers. As superimposed fibers, it is possible to obtain finishes of different qualities, hardnesses and resistances.
Laminates offer us many options as they are able to imitate any type of natural wood. The advantages with respect to the natural woods reside in the greater operability, reason why it is much simpler to install them; And in the economic factor, since they are cheaper, and resistance.
The colors that we can find in the laminates go from the white to the black, passing through the reddish and brown. The options on this floor are so many that even we can choose the type of finish (smooth, sawed, synchronized ...).
In short, opting for a laminate flooring will give us the option that we want depending on the design of our home.