Several types of flooring fall into the category of artificial surfaces. In general they are cheaper than natural wood, or tile options. The most common options are described here.
Laminate flooring is designed to give the look and feel of hardwood floors without the expensive cost. Laminate flooring consists of four layers. The base layer or backing is a waterproof layer designed to protect the sub-floor. Next is a hard inner core. This layer is designed to make the flooring flat, stable, and durable throughout its lifespan. Next is the design layer. Believe it or not, this layer is similar to a photograph and give the look of wood, tile, stone, or brick. The top layer, or wear layer, is designed to protect the floor from stains and fading over the years.
Vinyl flooring is an even more affordable option, but can still offer the look and feel of far more expensive options. Vinyl is thinner than laminate and consists of a single layer that performs all of the same functions. Like laminate, vinyl can be made to mimic almost any style of flooring, including wood, tile and stone. Vinyl can be a great option for kitchen and bath spaces. Our friends at Floors Plus can help with all the top flooring tips if anyone needs any help. In addition, installation of vinyl flooring is typically quite simple and can be learned and completed without the help of professionals. This can save even more money.
It may come as a surprise to some, but linoleum is among the most environmentally friendly flooring options. It can be made almost entirely from recycled and natural materials. Linoleum, or lino, is also anti-microbial and biodegradable. Lino typically requires a bit more maintenance than vinyl or laminate floors to keep it looking its best. Lino flooring is typically sold in long sheets rather than tiles and is glued directly to the sub-floor.