Wooden Floors are an ‘in thing’ today viz-a-viz home décor is concerned. The rich colours, the warmth under your foot, the natural sheen and the endless choice make wooden flooring a favoured option against traditional surfaces like tiles, marble, stone etc.
The natural beauty and the class of wood are unmatched by any other style of flooring. The element that is increasingly becoming central to one’s premium lifestyle is customized interior wooden floorings.
There are primarily two basic types of natural wood - Engineered & Solid, which are used both indoor & outdoor.
Engineered wood, as the name suggests is ‘ENGINEERED’. Where the base is made of birch plywood and has a top layer of natural solid wood.
Solid wood is ‘NATURAL SOLID WOOD’. Solid wood constitutes a single piece of lumber material and can either be unfinished, lacquered or oiled made out of red oak, white oak or maple.
People looking to make a strong style statement—it’s now wood all the way. Though wooden floors have been around in the West for centuries, they have only lately come into vogue in India. And in a short span of time, have overtaken all other flooring options in terms of style and popularity. They’re not only easier to lay but also come in styles and finishes that lend themselves to every kind of decor.
They can be used in every part of the home— living area, dining hall, bedrooms, kitchen, entertainment zone for kids, prayer room, etc.
Wooden flooring ‘decking’ for outdoor use is also in vogue, be it a balcony, private terrace, poolside, bar area, barbeque area or a clubhouse.
Wood is ageless and can last a lifetime. Besides its usage for floorings, it can also be used for Wall Cladding, Ceiling & Exteriors.
Wood by nature has certain inherent qualities of its own, because of which it can be used in different climatic conditions. While in summer, woods provide a cooling effect, in winter it can be used with under heaters which provide comfort for the chill, in homes with kids - it acts as a safety buffer against falls & crawls.
However, one can't deny the various advantages that are associated with this high-end quality lifestyle. And here, we are going to especially see why wooden flooring is preferred and looked up to.
Let's talk about the various plus points of this kind of flooring:
Aesthetics: Wooden Flooring improves the Aesthetic appeal of a building or a room with its natural grain look. It gives a rich look to the home interiors. Wooden flooring goes with any type of interiors be it modern, traditional etc.
Insulator: Since wooden Flooring is a good insulation material, it prevents excessive heating and cooling of the floor. So the floor is always good to step on with your bare feet.
Increased Value: The value of the house (for resale or rental purposes) is generally more when you have wooden flooring installed.
Less maintenance: Wooden Flooring once installed requires less maintenance as compared to tiling work.
Timelessness: Wooden Flooring generally improves its grace as they age. Wooden Flooring can also last for a lifetime and has a long shelf life, making it a more durable option. In case of any small damages also, wooden flooring can be repaired easily without incurring much cost.
Healthy indoor air quality: It has no fibers, grout lines, or embossing that can trap dust, pollen, particles, animal dander, and allergens that occur with carpets. They are good choice for Hygiene with Interior. Although it is healthier than carpet flooring, Indians rarely use carpets for complete flooring. So this is not just a big advantage in the Indian context.
Although the concept of wooden flooring in India is considered a luxury, and elites are considered the people who can afford this luxurious possession, the country is still in its modernizing phase and there are still chances that in the near future due to the increasing demands, even the middle-class urban people would want to afford this premium quality flooring idea for themselves.
Let evolution take place and the facility of wooden flooring being extended to the masses in general for the various advantages it provides!
Why just keep it to the luxury segment when it has promises for a better and healthier future for all of us?
A thing of beauty is a joy forever!