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7 Floorings Ideal For Indian Homes

7 Floorings Ideal For Indian Homes

7 Floorings Ideal For Indian Homes
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There are so many options to do your floor. However, this multitude of options confuses us. Which one is the ideal type for my home? Well, each flooring type has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Here we list nine types of flooring that could be apt for Indian households.

Vitrified tiles

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These have emerged as one of the most popular option for those looking for flooring that is cheaper when compared to stones and hardwood. Available in wide range of colours, finishes and prints, vitrified tiles are also liked by those who want to design a different pattern of flooring for every room. This works well for indoor areas that are prone to moisture.

Pros: Cheap, low porosity, easy to install and maintain, and durable

Cons: Prone to breakage, requires good installation team, and shorter lifespan when compared to stone flooring

Cost per sqf (including cost of tile, other material and installation): Rs 100 onwards

Kota stone (also known as limestone)

Limestone flooring

Limestone, also known as Kota stone, is used widely across Indian homes for both indoor and outdoor setting. When planning to pick Kota stone, know that this is only available in dark hues of grey, blue, brown and green. This stone is known to bring down temperatures of homes in hot and humid areas.

Pros: Affordable, durable, best for heavy footfall, low porosity

Cons: The installation process is longer when compared to tiles

Cost per sqf (including cost of tile, other material and installation): Rs 120 onwards

Granite

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Granite is among the most expensive stone flooring. Also available in dark colours, it works well for both indoors and outdoors, areas that prone to heavy footfall. This also withstands extreme weather conditions, especially hot summer sun.

Pros: Durable, aesthetic appeal, can withstand high temperature

Cons: Expensive

Cost per sqf (including cost of tile, other material and installation): Rs 200 onwards

Marble

Marble flooring

Marble is a choice of those looking to add luxury to their home. Available in wide range of colours and natural patterns, marble is widely used for indoors. However, high porosity makes the use of this material restricted to areas that are not prone to moisture. This is a durable material but needs polishing every five years to retain its beauty.

Pros: Luxurious, available in wide range, cool

Cons: Expensive installation and maintenance, highly porous

Cost per sqf (including cost of tile, other material and installation): Rs 250 onwards (Indian marble); Rs 500 onwards (Italian marble)

Mosaic

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Those who love colours and quirk, mosaic flooring is what you need to opt for. Along with being aesthetically appealing, mosaic is also among the strongest floorings that don’t wither out in years. It is made of using concrete and marble or granite chips.

Pros: Durable, aesthetically appealing, cheap, seamless design

Cons: Can form micro pores in case installation is not done well

Cost per sqf (including cost of tile, other material and installation): Rs 100 onwards

Laminate

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An inexpensive counterpart of hardwood flooring, laminate works well for homes located in cold and low on moisture areas. It retains heat, making it a good option for cold places. Once installed, laminate can withstand for over a decade. However, it is not suitable for areas with heavy footfall.

Pros: Inexpensive, aesthetically appealing, retains heat

Cons: High porosity, cannot withstand heavy footfall, cannot be re-polished

Cost per sqf (including cost of tile, other material and installation): Rs 150 onwards

Hardwood

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An expensive counterpart of laminate flooring, hardwood has a longer shelf life, too. It works best for cold places as it ensures heat is retained within the property.

Pros: Easy to clean, long shelf-life, retains heat

Cons: Expensive, uninstalling is expensive

Cost per sqf (including cost of tile, other material and installation): Rs 225 onwards

Last Updated: Fri Mar 15 2019

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