Posted on May 27, 2009 | Comments 0
Many people today search for ways to decorate or design their house unlike anyone else’s.
There are many ways you can enjoy a beautiful unique home, by using antique flooring.
Rather than using mass produced wood or laminate flooring, you can make your home a one of a kind showcase with antique flooring.
Antique flooring is also very durable, and can provide years of enjoyment in your home. You can purchase antique flooring materials from many different sources.
These supplies come in many different forms as well. Choose from wood, tile, or stone for your unique floors.
Choose Your Antique Flooring Style
With many choices to choose from in antique flooring you first need to decide which type you prefer. Consider the vibe you want to provide in the rooms where the flooring will be installed.
For example, a rustic kitchen may be a great place to install antique cobblestone flooring, while a family room wood look better in an antique, pine wood floor.
The flooring choices you make will impact the type of interior decoration that should be used, as well as the color scheme for the room. Choose carefully as your floor will be around longer than any piece of furniture you purchase.
Consider the Seller
While you may be able to find antique flooring for a great price online or overseas, you will want to consider the additional cost of having the material shipped.
The cost of having an antique marble floor shipped in from another country may be more than the purchase price of the flooring.
In many cases, it is best to buy locally from a distributer or individual. This will allow you to save money, and view the materials in person before making a purchase.
After all you will want to check any wood for signs of distress or rot, and stones for cracks and chips. This is much easier to do in person, rather than through pictures, or by relying on someone else for accurate information.
Installation Techniques Need To Be Considered
For an authentic look to your unique antique flooring, you will want to consider the installation techniques used. Installing an antique stone floor with modern day grout will take away from the authentic fell of the room.
Instead a mortar or concrete base may be a better choice. This is also a concern with wood floors. Installing antique wooden floor boards with bright silver nails will look very strange.
Make sure you choose a contractor that understands how to make your antique flooring look authentic. You may even want to purchase antique nails from a specialty dealer.
Choosing to install an antique floor in your home will give you a unique feel and appearance in your home. In most cases this flooring will cost more than modern day styles.
However, many forms of antique flooring are more durable and last longer than traditional materials. After all, the flooring will have already stood the test of time.
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