How to choose the ideal floor finish for your project?

View of the legs of a chair in a room with a floor finish decorated in light tones.
Casa cor 2013, restaurant: Maria Aparecida C. Figueiredo. Photo: Lio Simas

Defining the projects wall covering is a difficult decision that must be taken in advance. After all, it is not so simple to carry out the replacement if the result is not as expected. 

There are countless possibilities available on the market with different texture, style, material and prices. For this reason, carefully analyzing the options and better understanding the particularities of the floor finish is a way to ensure the right choice.

When deciding which floor to use, you should consider factors such as quality, installation method, cleaning method and budget. Thus, you will be able to choose the one that best suits your needs. 

In today's reading, you will learn about the main types of floor finishes, in addition to learning what to analyze when choosing the best one for your project. Check it out!

Floor finishing: meet the most used ones

Currently, the market offers a wide variety of floor finishes, each of which can be more or less suitable for your project. Therefore, in order to choose the ideal floor, it is necessary that it matches the needs of use, environment and requirements. Below, see the most used ones.

Ceramic

This option can be found in both floor and wall versions. 

The ease of cleaning and maintenance are the main features of this covering. In addition, it has great versatility of use, with versions that can be used in indoor and outdoor environments.

Porcelain

The porcelain covering is similar to ceramic, however, its production process is superior in technology, resulting in a more resistant and homogeneous material.

Thus, the porcelain tile floor finish can be used in residential as well as commercial areas with high traffic. 

Wood and laminate

This is another very popular type of floor finish. The wood covering is used both in its natural form and in materials that mimic its texture.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is a synthetic material that is attractively priced. Developed with PVC, this type of finish can be sold in boards, blankets or rulers.

The application of the vinyl floor finish is faster and the main advantage of this covering is its ease of cleaning. However, it is suitable for use in dry areas only, away from contact with water.

Marble

Marble is a cold floor finish, suitable for warmer regions. However, it can be used in cold places as an alternative to heating system for flooring.

Formed by calcite, one of the components of limestone, marble is a luxury finish that brings an aspect of cleanliness and sophistication to the ambient.

Burnt cement

Another floor finishing option is burnt cement. With an unfinished look, this model is ideal for industrial-style ambients

Developed from cement, sand, water and finished with powdered cement, this style can be found as a floor finishing option in materials that imitate the rustic effect.

Hydraulic Tile

A covering that is old on the market, the hydraulic tile has gained greater prominence in decoration in the few years. Between its main features are the designs and ornaments, which makes the ambient unique. 

This type of floor finish is commonly used in kitchens, balconies and bathrooms.

How to correctly choose floor finishing?

Knowing the main types of floor finishes, it is easier to choose the ideal one for your project. However, you still need to evaluate some factors for your decision to be the right one. 

So when choosing your floor finish, don't forget to:

  • analyze the floor temperature (cold or hot);
  • check its porosity and strength;
  • choose a material that doesn't make noise;
  • assess the anti-slip ability;
  • learn about its cleaning and maintenance;
  • understand how the installation is done;
  • assess the environment.

Add sophistication and protection to your floor

After learning about the main types of floors, their characteristics and evaluating which one is the most suitable for your project, make the finishing even bettery by using skirting boards.

In addition to adding more charm and elegance to ambients, they have the function of: protection, cleaning optimization, hiding electrical points and even residential lighting. Use Santa Luzia's polystyrene skirting boards, because, in addition to being sustainable, they are:

  • water resistant;
  • immune to pests and termites;
  • easy to install;
  • durable.

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