Every room has its own floor requirements. The kitchen floor, for instance, must be easy to clean. And because the kitchen is one of the most frequented part of the house, the floors should be able to take the high human traffic as well the accidental spills of hot and cold liquid, and occasional drop of heavy objects like canned goods. Sturdiness, rather than looks, is of utmost importance.
A bedroom, on the other hand, has different requirements. So does the living room, so does the lanai, so do the bathrooms. All Things Frugal has a pretty good guide on choosing the right floor for every room.
There are some basic useful information about flooring materials that one ought to know about.
First, flooring materials are generally categorized as either natural or synthetic. Natural floors include hardwoods and stones. Synthetic flooring materials include vinyl tiles. Flooring materials are also categorized based on their sturdiness.
The most common flooring material today is the ceramic tile. Ceramic tiles are durable and easy to clean. They also come in a wide variety of colors, textures and designs. With a little imagination, they can be mixed and matched to create amazing designs. There are a lot of inexpensive floor tiles that come from China but even shop owners say the Mariwasa brand is the only one that they can recommend with confidence.
It’s one thing to install floor tiles or natural stone on the ground floor but they are not the traditional flooring material for the second and upper floors especially for bedrooms. Okay, perhaps, I just haven’t seen bedrooms on the second floor sporting stone or ceramic tile floors. Well, except in office buildings.
Personally, I like wood floors for the bedroom. Perhaps, it’s because I grew up in a house with long, long narra planks in the bedroom. Wood makes a room warm, personal and cozy while stone and ceramic tiles have this cold and formal look that are better reserved for living rooms and dining rooms.
But, you know, we’re really not supposed to be cutting too many trees to get those natural wood planks. What are the other options in order to have that warm woody feeling on the floors?
If we were having our house constructed rather than buying a house that’s already built, bamboo flooring would be my primary choice. I love bamboo — so much that the theme of the entire house is bamboo. I love its hues, from the greens to the yellows to the browns. But beyond its aesthetic value, bamboo — surprisingly or not — is stronger than most hardwoods.
Note to self: Considering how easily bamboo grows in this country, and considering how fast bamboo matures and is ready for cutting, I wonder why very few local entrepreneurs seem to be interested in developing bamboo-based products. Among these few are two sites in Multiply. Check them out here and here.
Pergo is probably the most well-known brand. I fell in love with Pergo flooring when I first picked up one of a brochure from its SM Megamall showroom (not sure if it’s still there) about ten years ago. The prices were horrendous but the beauty, quality and technology were astounding. Today, there are a lot of manufacturers of laminated floors and the prices aren’t so bad.
From Wikipedia: “Parquetry is a geometric mosaic of wood pieces used for decorative effect. The two main uses of parquetry are as veneer patterns on furniture and block patterns for floors. The patterns of parquet flooring are entirely geometrical and angular– squares, triangles, lozenges.”