Renovating the floors of your home is an easy and rewarding DIY project. There are a variety of different types of flooring ideas to choose from, ranging from hardwood to concrete, however the easiest floor material to install is a floor covering. Floor coverings can describe any type of flooring, however they mainly consist of floor materials that are installed over an existing structure. Floor coverings are materials that are loosely installed and can be removed relatively easily such as home mats, carpeting, rugs, and various flooring tiles. Floor coverings are best installed over a hard surface, but the type of covering you choose will depend on what is already laid down.
How to carpet a room will depend on the size of the room as well as the type of room you are covering. Carpet is great for living rooms and bedrooms and can be installed in the entire room, or used in small areas. Carpeting that covers the entire floor can be laid out on top of any existing floor, including concrete and hardwood without destroying it because the carpet is stapled to the floor around the edges of the room. If you have a beautiful hardwood floor that you love but would like to add a little comfort to it, you can use an area rug. There is a variety of carpet design ideas for both area rugs and carpeting to choose from including many colors, shapes, and patterns.
Carpet is also great for use in basements, especially when they are built as entertainment areas or play rooms for children. When choosing a flooring material for a basement you have to be aware of the moisture that is present in the area. Because the areas can sometimes be damp it is important to choose basement floor coverings that can withstand moisture to prevent mold. Carpet is best used in basements in drier climates that do not need to worry about moisture and dampness. Bamboo flooring is made from a type of wood grass that grows quickly and in a variety of places so it is more renewable than hardwood from trees.
Another great material for use in the basement is rubber tiling. Rubber floor covering is a type of flooring tile that is made from rubber, making it softer and more flexible. Rubber flooring is a great choice for basements for use over top of concrete because it adds a cushion to the surface while still maintaining the hard floor. In addition, rubber is moisture resistant and very durable so it is also great for use in outdoor areas like the garage. When choosing a type of garage floor covering you need to look at the same factors as a basement. Garage flooring must be moisture resistant with an added durability and strength to support cars as damage from tools or workshops that are often built in this area.
Rubber has enough texture and traction to prevent slips if water or liquids are spilled on the surface. As a result, it is a safer tiling option for the kitchen and bathroom remodeling ideas than ceramic or porcelain. Other types of floor coverings that are moisture resistant include linoleum and vinyl. Both of these materials can be used in the basement, but are also great for use in the kitchen and bath. Linoleum floor covering is a material made from natural substances such as saw dust and linseed oil that is shaped into thin tiles to be installed over hard surfaces such as concrete or wood.
Vinyl flooring comes in many different styles and colors and can be a solid colored tile or made to look like wood, granite, and brick. Both vinyl and linoleum are great cheap flooring options because they are less expensive than hardwood and carpeting. In addition, these materials can be installed without the help of a professional so there is no additional installation cost. An additional material that can be used as either a covering or solid flooring is wood. Wood floor covering that is not permanently installed include wood tiles and engineered wood. Wood tiles connect together with tabs at the edge like puzzle pieces making them easy to install.