What is Vinyl Flooring?

What is Vinyl Flooring?

Interior designers in pune

Interior designers in pune

Vinyl flooring is a new type of resilient flooring in the market. Resilient flooring is simply artificial composite floors such as rubber, plastic, PVC, linoleum and the latest addition, Vinyl. They are produced massively in many parts of the world especially North America. Such synthetic flooring, which has been around for more than a century, act as a cost efficient substitute to natural floors such as wood, concrete, ceramic and marble.

Resilient floors also reduce impact of heavy objects by creating a cushion effect, hence therefore reduces “slipping” accidents. However, as we approach into today’s era, people are getting more and more self-conscious about living longer and living healthily. People begin to thinking about their children well being. Hence, they want to choose the best & ‘healthy’ flooring for their homes.

Some plastics, PVC, floors products are beginning to lose its popularity due to its excessive chemical contents used which may be harmful to the environment and health. Resilient flooring experts started to think of ways to create resilient flooring that is Eco friendly and safe to health. Most importantly, they must still retain the same or better benefits as traditional resilient floors. Hence, Vinyl flooring is born.

Within a short period of time, many renowned floor manufacturers from all over the world began to make Eco vinyl tiles and floor sheets and distribute them globally. Today, there is still much work to educate the public about the benefits of vinyl floors and it will take some time for people to accept this type of flooring.

Still, many popular corporations, are using vinyl flooring tiles for their stations, offices, malls and buildings. This is probably because vinyl floors are healthy, easy to maintain as well as comfortable to walk on. Another reason why they use vinyl or resilient floors is because they are “accident free”. Hence, it helps company saves a lot of money and making their shareholders happy especially in the long term as it prevent unnecessary risks such as law suits, accidents etc.

Vinyl flooring, together with linoleum flooring are the first few Eco friendly resilient floorings in the market which is going to last for centuries to come. However today, high end resilient flooring (HERF) which is made up of 100% pure virgin vinyl pulp is taking over the conventional vinyl flooring with new technology and glueless installation system.

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Bathroom Design- Bathroom makeover ideas

A good bath refreshes our body and mind and a nice bathroom adds to the pleasure of having bath. A good bathroom lets you enjoy real bath and makes you ready to work for the day. To enjoy true bath you need a well decorated bathroom. A bathroom can be said heaven of the earth where exists refreshment, coolness, amusement, peace and harmony. Lets discuss various aspects of a bathroom.

Bathroom Lighting

Bathroom should be illuminated with proper lighting so that one could clearly see ones face while taking bath or applying makeup. Bathroom lighting should illuminate even the smallest object of bathroom clearly. Right lighting helps you feel fresh when you are taking bath. There is a large variety of vanity lights and mirror lights ranging from contemporary lights to traditional bath lights. Bathroom lighting fixtures should be placed at such heights that they could light up your faces without showing any shadow under your eyes. Always make a choice for incandescent light fixtures or bulbs that illumine your face clearly.

Bathroom Color Scheme

Eye-catching color schemes make your bathroom look cool and refreshing. Color theme of a bathroom should be consistent with colors of walls, tiles, faucets and accessories. White color scheme is a good idea as it makes your bathroom appear fresh and go well with any colors or shades of the room. The white scheme blended with serene blue is refreshing to the eyes and body. You can add accessories to highlight color accents in bathroom.

 

Bathroom Ventilation

Intensive ventilation is required in bathrooms where a lot of moisture exists. Large windows are helpful in reducing the effect. To keep the place dry an exhaust fan is required for proper circulation of air. It is necessary to place the fan out of reach of moving hands while taking bath.

Bathroom Flooring

Bathroom flooring should be nice looking, anti slippery, hard and durable. Its necessary to choose nice one for your bathroom. The floors must be damp proof. You need to pick up the right type of flooring. Vinyl tile flooring lasts long and is very easy to clean. A large variety of colors, shapes and textures is available in tiles. You can choose any of them according to your fancy. Marble flooring is also durable and very easy in cleaning. This flooring gives fresh look and adds warmth to the interior of a home.

Bathroom Cabinets

Bathroom cabinets are ideal to place the stuff.  These preserve the dcor of the room and are available in a range of designs and shapes like antique, classic, and contemporary. You can pick any of them that match up with the dcor of your home. These add uniqueness to the space and often come with a sink. Sinks are available in a large variety from stainless steal, porcelain, glass, marble or even granite.

Bathroom Shower door

Glass shower doors are one of the most important choices these days. These are hinged at the one side and often swing in both directions. The shower doors look cute and classy. These doors are available in large variety of designs. Folding shower doors help to retain water inside the bath area. The main advantage of glass shower door is easy and quick clean up. This shower door prevents hard water stains on shower glass. Sliding doors are perfect choices for small bathrooms.

Glass shower doors come in a variety of finishes like nickel, chrome, brass or many more. You can pick any of the themes that match up with theme of your bathroom. You can either go for custom made shower doors that look quite contemporary or for traditional shower doors having shelves and seats. Corner shower units are perfect choices for basement bathroom areas.

In modern bathrooms, glass shower enclosures are taking place of the showers in the tub. These shower doors add warmth to the beauty of your bathroom and let natural light to enter the bath area. You can go for any of engraved or clear glass for more private feel. Thus you can naturally enjoy the bath.

Shower Curtain Rods

The rods are attached to the wall or ceiling above your bath tub to support the curtains of shower. These are usually screwed into the walls. Shower curtain rods are available in various shapes or styles like L shape which is designed to fit around a corner shower over your bath tub.

Its your choice to select curtain rods that match up with theme of towels and window curtains. Curtain rods add elegance enhancing the look of your bathroom. Nice shower curtains turn your bathroom into perfect oasis.

Wash Basin for Bathroom

It is the most important item in your bathroom. Wash Basin are available in various styles. But usually two choices are above all. They are:

  • Pedestal Wash Basin
  •  Cabinet Wash Basin

It depends on you whether you select pedestal basin or cabinet basin. People mostly go for cabinet washbasins as they are useful for small bathrooms. Wall mounts washbasins look attractive, hung from the wall at a desired height. It must be ensured that the wash basin is compatible with faucets of the bathroom.

Bathroom Accessories

Accessories are helpful in making a bathroom overwhelming. Right selection of accessories can make you noteworthy for the interior dcor of your home. You can renovate your bathroom whenever you get bore of old ones. Bathroom Accessories of latest designs and styles play an imperative role in remodeling the room.

Ideas for bathroom accessories

  • Stay close to the theme of your bathroom for lighting and faucets. Go for same color lighting fixtures if you have brass faucets.
  • Provide enough storage space for cabinets and vanities which provide ornamental look. Wall cabinets and corner cabinets provide ample storage space.
  • Make a choice for the theme of doors and windows similar to the home.
  • Pick latest designs of accessories like faucets, lighting items, tiles and counter items if you want to create new look to the room.
  • Consider the size of the area of your bathroom.

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Types of flooring

 

Floors are usually the part of the house that initially attracts the guests’ attention. When the guest steps his foot on your floor, he will most probably notice and check what kind of flooring you have. It’s as important as your wallpaper, ceiling and home decorations. Choosing the right flooring for your home may seem like an overwhelming decision to make. It requires careful planning as you would like to show your personality and style with a touch of practicality.

With numbers of flooring available, it seems so hard to choose. You seem to like them all and all look perfect for your home. Now, the question of which to choose arises. The answer to this question depends on many things. You should consider the size of the family and the traffic the floor will receive. Will the floor be safe if you have any children? How much maintenance does the floor require and how long do you expect to have the same floor?

Nowadays, different designs and types of flooring have come out; as the need arise and with the desire to meet the standard of the owner. Home owners may think of using the same type of flooring in all areas of the house but some have their preferences for each room. Flooring comes in various types. It can be hard, wood, fiber or sheet. It is best to study these flooring types first before deciding on which to get.

Hard floors are durable and do not require much maintenance, elegant and are resistant to heat. Common types of hard floor are ceramic and natural stones.

Ceramic tiles were originally used only in kitchens and bathrooms. With the new designs of ceramic styles, it is now possible to use these even in your living room. Ceramic comes in three basic types: glazed, unglazed and porcelain. Glazed ceramic tiles are designed with glass coated with mineral stains. Glazed ceramic tiles come in semi-gloss or high-gloss finishing. Unglazed ceramic tiles have different texture and are very hard. Porcelain is the hardest as it has a higher breaking strength. Ceramic tiles are easy to maintain. They are durable and dents, dings and scratches are minimized. One thing you have to remember is never to use ceramic tiles over a floor with structural movements. Though ceramic tiles are durable, they are prone to cracking. It is also not good for homes with children as it can be slippery when it gets wet.

Natural stones such as granite, marble, limestone, travertine and others are commonly used as living room flooring. It has its natural beauty, elegance and durability. It adds motif and style to your living room. It can create a dramatic appearance to your flooring with its being natural. Because of these things, natural stones are not as affordable as other floorings. It also requires sub flooring which requires additional expenses.

Wood floors are long lasting. It requires easy cleaning as it doesn’t retain dust particles. It is commonly found in older houses. It works naturally well with many interior designs. However, it requires frequent vacuuming and sweeping. Although, it doesn’t retain dust particles, wood floors are prone to scratches and dents. Two common types of wood flooring are the natural and synthetic wood.

Natural woods come in different styles and patterns. Parquet square is the most common type. It comes in square boards that form its pattern. The big advantage of using parquet square is that it is replaceable. Another type of natural wood is the plank which gives a classic look to the flooring. Although planks do not require sub flooring, these are more expensive that other wood floors. Strip floor is another type of natural wood floor. These are long narrow boards that are prone to buckling. Thus, sub flooring is highly recommended.

Laminated floorings are the most common type of synthetic woods. This type of flooring works well in areas exposed to moisture. These are laminated so they do not require finishing. The good thing about laminated floorings is that it is fire resistant, do not fade nor stain.

Fiber floors provide more comfort than other types of flooring. It absorbs noise making it perfect to be installed on the second floor of the house. It is available in different colors making the house more stylish. It doesn’t scratch however it is not as durable as hard flooring. To extend its life span, carpet padding is necessary. It requires maintenance as it gathers dust particles and when wet with water or any liquid, a stain is formed. There are two types of fiber flooring: natural and synthetic.

The types of natural fiber flooring are coir, sea grass, sisal, and jute. These fiber materials give a comfortable feeling and are best for homes with children. However, durability is not guaranteed.

Sheet floors are considered to be the most affordable. The two most common types of sheet floors are the linoleum and vinyl. These floorings also come in various color and designs. Because these are the most affordable, these flooring are also the least durable. It requires constant care and constant maintenance as these flooring easily absorbs dirt and dust. These types of floorings aren’t hard to replace. With extra care and maintenance, these could last longer than usual.

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