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How to achieve flawless home renovation floor covering and office carpet installations
With home renovation floor covering and office carpet projects, engaging the services of a specialised flooring contractor will guarantee your new floor is an exact fit for your requirements, while adding a touch of class to your property that will help to increase its value.
Flooring comes in a broad range of materials, making it possible to select a floor covering that looks good while matching the specific needs of different types of homes and offices.
Carefully examining the many different floor types available, selecting quality materials and products, hiring installation specialists, and carrying out regular maintenance and cleaning will ensure your floor renovation is everything you ever wanted it to be – a stylish, functional feature to be proud of.
The most popular floor coverings include carpet, vinyl, laminate, wood, ceramic/porcelain, and stone, so let’s look at these in a little more detail…
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Besides adding softness and warmth to a room, modern carpets boast new features that are attractive to both consumers and interior designers, and the versatility of today’s carpets merits serious consideration if you’re updating your home or office.
Solid, neutral shades have always been a safe bet for home and office carpeting, but the trend nowadays is towards making a bolder statement with your flooring, vibrant colours such as orange, red, and green emerging as popular choices. A bold colour can also mask the effects of daily wear. Many people are going for multi-colour mixtures in striking patterns such as colour-blocking or stripes. For those who favour leaving the design statement of a room to the walls and furniture, carpets with simple designs and neutral tones – beige, brown, and grey, for example – are still in demand.
You may think that putting a carpet in a high-traffic area like an office will require intensive maintenance to keep it clean, but professional office cleaners say upkeep of office carpeting represents only a fraction of the cost of keeping other types of flooring hygienic. Carpet fibres also do the job of an air-filter, collecting toxins, pollutants, and allergens by trapping the molecules, so, with systematic carpet cleaning, your staff will be healthier and more productive. Regular cleaning will also extend the life of your carpet.
Carpeting is the flooring of choice for many offices because it enhances the appearance and feel of business premises, while reinforcing the culture and brand/identity of the company. A further benefit of office carpeting is that it reduces noise, making for a more ambient business environment.
Vinyl has been a popular choice for flooring over many years, but today’s extensive range of highly-resilient vinyl flooring is a far cry from the stuff your grandparents had in their kitchen. Vinyl floors now come backed by the latest advances in flooring technology, making them incredibly versatile.
The robust resistance of modern vinyl to moisture, mould, and mildew make it a popular option for bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. It’s also one of the most affordable flooring materials, and is easy to install and maintain. A built-in springy underlay means vinyl is softer and warmer underfoot than tile, stone, or wooden floors.
Some people may overlook wooden flooring because it’s dearer than some other floor coverings, but it brings advantages that can outweigh the initial expense. A quality wooden floor can last for decades, and, with minimal upkeep, will actually look better as time passes. Wooden floors are also more hygienic and easier to clean than carpets, and they’re ideal if you wish to install underfloor heating, considered by many to be the most effective form of heating.
Most hardwood flooring nowadays is made from white oak, red oak, cherry, maple, pecan, hickory, and white ash, or from more exotic woods such as tigerwood, African teak, and Brazilian cherry. There’re 2 main types of hardwood floor:
- Solid hardwood flooring, which can only be used over a wooden sub-floor; and
- Engineered wood flooring, which can be installed in any room, including basements.
Laminate flooring, which usually comes with a tongue-and-groove assembly system, is made by fusing together multiple synthetic layers using a lamination process, and can simulate almost anything, including stone and wood. The interior layer typically comprises fibreboard and melamine resin.
Laminate floors have steadily risen in popularity since they’re invented in 1977 in Sweden. Their hygienic nature, durability, and ease of installation and maintenance make them a low-cost alternative to tile, stone, and hardwood.
It’s imperative to keep laminates clean; particles of dirt and other substances may well scratch the surface in high-traffic areas. They also need to be kept dry; sitting water can warp or swell laminate floors, although some laminates have water-resistant coatings.
A prevalent material in both interior and exterior decoration for thousands of years, ceramic/porcelain tiles can be used decorated, plain, or as part of a mosaic. Their aesthetic appeal, durability, and easy care make them a popular choice of flooring. A ceramic tile floor installed by professionals will outlast almost any other type of floor.
Technology has produced a wider variety of ceramic/porcelain tile shapes, shades, and finishes, but more traditional looks, with terracotta and other unglazed finishes, are still popular.
Glazed ceramic/porcelain tiles shrug off dirt, stains, and smells, and can be cleaned easily with a mop and common household cleaning products. They’re heat and water resistant, ideal for kitchens and bathrooms.
Although they look the same, a porcelain tile is denser and less porous than a ceramic tile.
Once regarded as the material of choice for the elite, stone flooring is now much more affordable, and can be found in many homes and business premises.
The main advantage of a professionally-installed natural stone floor is that it’s almost guaranteed to boost the resale value of a property. Another benefit of stone flooring is that, like wooden floors, its appearance improves with age.
If you like the idea of a stone floor in your home or office but are concerned about the expense, there’s a cheaper, synthetic alternative – engineered stone, also called agglomerate stone.
The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), a USA-based unbiased source of advice and information on flooring, has produced a comprehensive guide to steer people in the right direction when choosing flooring. View flooring comparison here.
How to avoid costly mistakes in home renovation floor covering and office carpet
Hiring a professional flooring contractor will eliminate the often-costly mistakes that many amateurs are prone to making when installing a new floor. These blunders include:
- Choosing a floor for your home without considering your lifestyle (particularly if you have children and./or pets) or selecting office flooring that won’t stand up to the rigours of a busy commercial operation.
- Skimping when it comes to installation. There’s no point buying a quality product if it’s not installed correctly. When choosing a contractor, make sure they have experience with the product you’ve selected.
- Failing to put right a subfloor that’s damaged or not level. For the successful installation of your new floor, the subfloor, whether concrete or plywood, has to be clean, flat, dry, and structurally sound.
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The professionalism of Kepha Design and Contracts in Singapore in home renovation flooring and office carpet installation has been refined to a high degree of expertise through our wealth of experience in fitting floor coverings.
Kepha can help you choose quality materials for your floor that are precisely tailored to your requirements, whether residential or commercial.
We’ll ensure the subfloor is structurally sound and lay your new flooring to the highest standards of workmanship.
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