Malta’s hot climate has led up to traditionally keeping our tiled floors which cool our feet during the summer months, are easy to maintain and clean, and have good noise insulation.
Many factors are taken into consideration when it comes to choosing the perfect flooring for our space and there are so many options it can get over-whelming. So here are a few tips on how to make those hard home decisions!
Tiling may be durable, low-maintenance and can look very traditional and elegant, yet unless you invest in under-floor heating it may not be the most comfortable choice for your home. Tiling’s main problem is the coldness it brings in winter months but it also appears bare, aesthetically, whereas wood gives a natural texture to your home, making it feel cosy and more in tune with the environment.
Laminate flooring could work for those that want the look of a wood flooring but have a tighter budget. Although the finished product resembles that of timber it is no more than a woodchip base with resin-infused paper as a surface. This type of flooring should definitely not be installed anywhere with high moisture and humidity levels (such as kitchens and bathrooms) as it can start bubbling – yet it is very easy to clean and comes in all types of finishes.
If you are looking for an environmentally friendly solution you may want to opt for either cork or bamboo flooring.
Cork flooring doesn’t harm trees as it’s engineered from the bark, therefore making it a sustainable source. It has great insulation benefits making it warm to walk on with minimal heat loss. It also provides excellent noise insulation and bounces back in high traffic areas, making it highly practical.
Bamboo flooring looks great, is durable and comes in a variety of colours and patterns. Both cork and bamboo are usually more expensive than laminate flooring but also cheaper than the hardwood alternative.
Engineered wood has proven to be a brilliant solution for many home-owners for various reasons. Its base is formed out of layers of plywood whilst the surface is solid wood, making it pretty much all made out of real wood! The major benefit for this is that the plywood is laid out crossing over the wood on the surface, giving this option a stronger finish. Another great element about this finish is that it can take humid conditions, therefore can be installed in bathrooms and kitchens – this is within reason as again, high moisture levels are not recommended. Engineered wood can also be sanded down and installation is usually easier than that of solid wood.