Flexible floors have great advantages: simple and quick installation; Low cost and are acoustic and thermal insulators. They were the main protagonists in the 80s and have returned very strongly thanks to higher quality, new designs and a wide range of finishes.
There is a wide variety of flexible floors: carpets, mats, and cork are among the softest, vinyl and linoleum that are semi-hard. For rooms such as the kitchen and the bathroom are recommended for its great resistance to moisture and for the ease of cleaning and maintenance.
- They are installed without work, thus saving time and cost.
- They are economical with respect to other pavements.
- It is a good option to renew the pavement quickly and cleanly.
- Easy cleaning with soap and water. You can also apply brightener products to certain flexible floors.
- Its installation is simple. They are sold in roll, tile or sheets.
Installation of flexible floors
- If you are going to install the floor yourself, make sure you have enough meters and have the least amount of joints possible.
- You will need appropriate tools to cut the material, acrylic glue, skirting boards and transition profiles for different floors.
- The existing soil must be in good condition and level, but if it were, you should apply a self – leveling mortar 3 mm thick.
It is common in cold weather areas to place carpet on the floor because it is a great thermal insulator, in addition to damping footsteps and noise. It is made with natural materials such as wool or nylon (synthetic). However, they do not have moisture resistance and are more delicate (easily stained) than other flexible floors.
Its installation is not complicated and is sold in rolls or tiles. This last option has the advantage that it can be easily replaced if it is damaged. In both cases, the joints are hidden. For cleaning and keeping them in perfect condition, the vacuum must be run regularly and once a year cleaned with liquid detergent.
Vegetable fiber mats
The mats of vegetable fibers: sisal, jute, reed, coconut, etc., give very good results. They have no weft like carpets but are made with braiding system that the tighter the greater the strength and durability they will have.
It has beautiful shades and warm textures that are one of its main attractions. There are models with anti-stain treatment on the market since they are not easy to clean.
Cork is one of the best acoustic and thermal insulators you can find. It is made with cork oak bark and is sold in tiles or sheets. Cork floors are advisable to varnish once the installation is finished.
It is one of the flexible floors suitable for children’s bedrooms and in high traffic areas. This is a durable and economical material. It can be easily cleaned with mild detergent and water.
Vinyl floors are a coating made of PVC. They are simple to install and economical. You will find a wide range of finishes, textures, and colors. Among its advantages we highlight:
- Moisture resistant material.
- Reduces noise thanks to its elasticity and flexibility.
- Impact and shock-resistant.
- Hygienic, simple to clean and maintain.
This material is similar to vinyl but of higher quality and offers a wide variety of designs and finishes. Surprising for its technical qualities and its great beauty. It is ecological and biodegradable since it comes from flax oil mixed with cork powder.
Among its qualities are durability, resistance, acoustic insulation, antistatic and waterproof. It also withstands stains, scratches, and bumps well. The thicker they have more comfort for the footprints It is also hypoallergenic, repels dust and dirt.
It is not recommended for use in the bathroom, although it is waterproof it does not resist changes in temperature and humidity very well. In the outdoor spaces, you should avoid direct exposure to the sun’s rays.
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It is an ecological material, very resistant to burns and shock, it also has the ability to absorb noise so it is a great acoustic insulator. It has a soft and warm touch and is marketed in roll or tile.
These flexible floors repel dust, are easy to clean and maintain. They are resistant to burns and shoe marks are barely visible. They are ideal for both indoor and outdoor spaces and in wet areas.
What do you think about flexible floors? If you are thinking of renovating the floor of the kitchen or children’s bedroom, bet on these materials that are resistant and durable.