The Vibrant guide to wooden flooring alternatives

The Vibrant guide to wooden flooring alternatives

What ‘wood’ is right? 

Who doesn’t dream of cosying up beside a fireplace in a wooden cottage by the chilly hillside? Wood makes your home seem cosy and warm, but there is a reason it’s used so lavishly only in temperate zones. Most of India has tropical climatic conditions which make wooden flooring less than ideal. Hardwood floors expand in the heat, while moisture or humidity lead to rot. This is why our experts have compiled three types of wooden flooring tiles you can use in your home to give you a rich and earthy aesthetic, without the hassle of high maintenance. 

Wooden laminates

This type of wooden flooring tiles mimics the feeling of wood without being heavy on the pocket. These tiles are also incredibly easy to install, and ultra durable. With this type of synthetic flooring, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to different shades, so you can find one that matches your decor. 

While they are easy to maintain and don’t get stained easily, if your home has young children or elders, you may want to reconsider this option. These tiles tend to become quite slippery when there’s any water. You may want to steer clear of using wooden laminate flooring in areas such as an outdoor balcony or your bathroom as the entire floor needs to be replaced if the top layer wears off (which tends to happen easily). 

Vinyl flooring

If you are looking for a moisture-resistant option, then vinyl flooring is the way to go. Made of composite plastic, this type of wood is available in sheet, tile or plank form. They are extremely durable and easy to install, making them the perfect go-to option in areas like the kitchen or bathroom.

If you are looking to change your flooring in the future, our experts recommend thinking twice about opting for this type of flooring. The adhesive used to keep this in place can be difficult to remove. The good news, however, is that if you get it right the first time, you will have sparkling floors for years to come! 

Linoleum flooring

If you are in the market for something a little more au naturale, then linoleum flooring is the way to go! Unlike the other flooring options, this is made from solidified linseed oil, sawdust, pine resin and mineral fillers. One of the biggest advantages of linoleum is that it compresses and bounces back to its original state very quickly. This makes it perfect for homes that have a lot of people, or areas that are likely to see a high level of activity such as your kitchen. 

However this type of flooring is easily scratched or dented, and when exposed to sunlight it can darken or turn yellow. To ensure longevity, our interior designers in Chennai recommend you add a rug or carpet to your floors. 

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