When choosing the type of flooring for home/apartment, we must ask ourselves the question, what and where are we going to use it? It is important to take into account its use and some questions such as how busy the area will be, how often it will be cleaned, how long we expect it to last, how long it will be exposed to moisture, water or sun, and so on.

Once this is clear, we can move on to the aesthetic part and find what suits the idea we have in mind. Let's look at each aspect in detail:

Subfloor Status
The quality of the new installation depends on the subfloor below. For best results the floor must be dry, free of moisture, stable and level. To install a ceramic floor, stone or wooden floors it is necessary to have a virgin subfloor or, failing that, remove the existing one. You should consider that this requires more work and expenses.

Traffic and space use
This will have a direct impact on the material you choose. The ceramic or stone floor offers the greatest resistance, the wooden floors are of great beauty but of less resistance, although they depend on the hardness of the wood and its finishes. Painted or vinyl floors are much less resistant but very easy to install.

Basically it behaves like the color on the wall: the light colors recede and give a feeling of spaciousness, the dark ones move towards those who see them. In small rooms, plates should be placed diagonally in light colors to achieve the aforementioned effect.

Humidity and temperature
In the case of wooden, laminate and floating floors, it is important to take into account the humidity of the environment so that the wood does not swell and be damaged. Temperature changes also affect the contraction and expansion movement of materials.

Styles and design
To limit the huge offer that exists, it is recommended to select a flat that complements the general style of your home. Nothing will be worse than an obvious clash of styles.

Time and mode of installation
A glue-free adhesion system of the floating laminate flooring can take a weekend and save on labor. Other methods are more complex or professional facilities. Take this detail into account before choosing.

For the warranty to be valid, the product must be placed according to the indications. Any damage that the floor presents must be the result of a manufacturing failure and not a bad placement. You must be careful and knowledge enough to do it yourself. Make sure the material you buy is guaranteed.

Floor Types
There are several different types of floors, here are some of the most popular ones:

Ceramics: The ceramic floor is widely used for its resistance. A wide range of colors, designs and textures make it adaptable to all types of decoration. It is easy to maintain due to its water resistance. Its disadvantage is the wear in places that are too busy and the difficulty of its installation.

Vinyl: The vinyl floor is easy to clean, is resistant to moisture and water. It is also simple to replace and apply to other coatings. It is a thermal and electrical insulator. They look less natural.

Stone: Stone is the most durable material and the one that best resists wear, agressions and constant use. However, it must be used carefully, as it gives a cold feeling to the environment. Therefore, stone-based floors are recommended as the complementary mosaic with decorative carpets to change them whenever we want.

The most rustic type materials, such as marble or granite, are best suited for outdoor environments (patios, gardens and terraces). For balconies and terraces the stones must be light and permeable. Tiles or ceramics work best in bathrooms and kitchens.

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Author's Bio: 

John Ananto is a full-time software developer and brazilian jiu jitsu fan