Many of us dream of living in houses having exotic flooring; but few of us can actually afford to think of living in a house with marble floors or stone or ceramic floors. Today, however, with the help of artificial flooring, it is possible to emulate the look of the other costlier flooring materials. This is possible because of improvement in technology whereby even the grains of teak flooring can be simulated onto an artificial flooring tile or plank.
The success of this advanced technology has thus enabled many a flooring dream come true. In fact today it is possible to create and recreate many beautiful designs and patterns with the help of these artificial tiles. The recent surge in popularity of these artificial tiles is a result of a number of factors wherein they score over the rest like:
- They are extremely durable and can hence withstand heavy flow of traffic with ease. This makes them the perfect choice for placement on the staircases, hallways, entrance lobby etc.
- They are extremely water resistant making them the ideal choice for bathrooms and kitchens where there is constant use of water.
- They have a soft and comfortable feel underfoot and impart soft welcoming warmth to the room where they are installed. This makes it extremely suitable for bedrooms and living rooms wherein the warm inviting feel tend to make people feel at ease
- They are also available in a wide range of colours and hues and varied designs and patterns. It is thus possible to create many more different patterns using an assembly of differently coloured, designed and styled patterns.
- The planks and tiles of artificial flooring also facilitate a continuity of design especially for the ones which emulate teak, stone or marble flooring. Since no two planks of these natural flooring can have the same grain pattern, it is difficult to get a continuity of design with them. But this problem is easily solved by using artificial flooring.
- Artificial floor tiles also help o reduce noise and are also easy to install and maintain. In fact in instances of remodelling, artificial floor tiles can also be laid over the flooring already present, thereby reducing a lot of time, money and unnecessary hassle.
Even though they are relatively cheaper than their natural counterparts, the popularity of artificial floorings is still not at par with other natural flooring like marble, glass, stone etc, because:
- They do not have the ability to withstand heavy weight. Hence furniture or other heavy objects tend to leave a mark on the floor which looks bad if and when the furniture is removed from there.
- They are also prone to gouges and scratches especially from sharp objects. Hence people with pets having large nails would not find it feasible to install artificial flooring. In fact even dragging sharp objects on the floors can damage it.
- The fact that its colours tend to fade with exposure to direct sunlight or extremes of temperature also tends to make some people shy away from installing them
The choice of the floor is a personal one and every flooring material has its own set of pros and cons. it can however, be rightly said that in case of artificial flooring, the pros far outweigh the cons. The adoption of certain precautions can also help prevent damage to these artificial floors; thus making them the ideal choice for many homeowners.