Different types of flooring are available in the market.
Flooring refers to the lower surface of areas inside buildings, it can be used to describe the process of laying flooring materials.
We had listed down the several types of flooring, you’ll be able to consider them when you are upgrading your own home.
Different types of flooring in Houses:
In this flooring, the earth beneath the floor is properly compacted.
After being well compacted, a layer of cement concrete or lime concrete is placed over the entire compressed portion of the floor in thicknesses of about 100 mm to 150 mm.
The ratio of cement concrete or lime concrete layer in 1: 8: 16 proportion is called subgrade.
At the time, it is necessary to maintain a proper slope for the purpose of washing the floor.
Before laying the bricks on the suburb, the bricks must be soaked and wetted in water, so that the water from the thick mortar bed is not absorbed in such a way that the strength of the mortar will not be affected.
It is the most common type of flooring used for residential, commercial, public and even industrial buildings.
It consists of four components:
The sub-base is prepared by properly compacting the soil to obtain a hard surface.
The base course is built in cement concrete with a ratio of 1: 3: 6 to 1: 5: 10, it is probably 75– 100 mm.
The base course of cement concrete is placed on top of well compacted soil and properly cured.
When the cement concrete base hardens, its surface is cleaned with a stiff broom.
It is moistened the previous night and excess water is grained.
Thick lime mortar:
The base course is 50 mm to 80 mm thick of lime mortar 1: 3 that is 1 part of lime and 3 part of sand to serve as a bed for tile work, this bedding mortar allows to harden for 12 to 24 hours.
The next process is to work surface tiles such as mosaic tiles, shahabad tiles, kota slab tiles, etc. before laying the tiles.
The next cement solution is spread over the bed mortar and then the tiles are leveled, pressing them into the bed mortar with a wooden mesh until they attain a flat surface.
The tiles are applied on the underside of the entire area before laying the tiles within the cement paste for proper fixing and grip.
The next day, the joints between the tiles are cleaned by removing any slack, using mortar wire brushes to a depth of 5 mm.
These cleaned joints are then ground with a cement solution of the same color shade.
After curing for 7 days, grinding and polishing is done by machine.
Flag stone types of flooring:
Initially, the sub-soil is well compacted and then lime concrete or cement concrete is placed on a well compacted subsoil ranging in thickness from 166 mm to 150 mm.
This layer of lime concrete or cement concrete is called the base course of the floor, then flagstones or stone slabs are laid on a layer of bed mortar of 20 m to 25 mm thickness.
Flagstone laying is initiated with two opposite comers that lie diagonally and the laying of the flagstone is brought from either side for proper or correct leveling, with a string drawn between the two cornerstone slabs.
Other pieces of flagstone are placed in relation to the level of the stretched string to hold the stone slab in proper position, a wooden rectangular batten piece is used.
After laying the stone slabs, the mortar in the joints of the stone slabs is ejected by a tool from 15 mm to 20 mm depth.
These joints are then filled with cement mortar in a ratio of 1: 3 and tilted upward to give a slight slope to the floor surface for proper drainage of water at the time of washing.
Finally, the complete floor work is well cured so as to obtain optimum strength.
This types of flooring are made from broken tiles of small tiles of cement or marble; arranged in a different pattern, these pieces are cut into desired shapes and sizes.
For the construction of mosaic lettering, first, hard concrete bate is laid, over the concrete base, 5 cm to 8 cm thick lime sarkhi mortar is spread and levelled.
A 3 mm thick cement material in the form of two parts paste, one part of powdered marble and other part of puzzolana material is spread and allowed to dry for about 4 hours.
Small pieces of broken tiles are then arranged in a certain pattern and then cement is sprinkled on top.
The surface is then gently rolled with a 30 cm diameter and 40– 60 cm long stone roller, water is sprayed on the surface so that the cement material comes up through the joints and even the surface is obtained.
This types of flooring is the coating finishing done on the surface of concrete to achieve a hard, durable and abrasion resistant floor.
The granolithic coat is made of cement, sand and aggregates that are specially selected.
Note that grading of aggregates plays a very important role in such floors.
Course aggregates can be obtained from naturally occurring stones such as basalt or limestone or quartzite, classified by 13 mm
The ratio of cement, sand and aggregate is 1: 1: 2 or 1: 1: 3. 1: 1: 2 ratio.
Initially, the base concrete is placed on a compact soil surface.
The concrete is set properly, and then only granolithic concrete is laid, which gives unbroken construction
When the concrete mixture for granolithic flooring is laid on the base concrete, the surface is finished by tamping and prepared with the help of wooden floats and the smoothness of the surface is achieved by steel trowel.
This type of flooring is more economical and is used especially for low-cost housing schemes where floor covering material is expensive.
Marble types of flooring:
Marble flooring is used in residential buildings, hospitals, temples etc. where better type of flooring and where additional cleaning is a mandatory requirement.
The size of the marble slab used in the floor depends on the pattern of adoption.
For normal works the slabs are square or rectangular in shape and their thickness varies from 20 mm to 40 mm.
Due to the decorative appearance and good wear surface, terrazzo flooring is very popular and commonly used in residential, school, offices, hospitals, bank buildings.
Terrazzo is a mixture of marble chips or a mixture of white cement or any other decorative material of colored cement taken in a ratio of 3: 1 (3 parts and 1 part of marble chips).
Terrazzo is placed on top of the base concrete in varying thicknesses.
The overall 40 mm thickness of the terrazzo floor consists of a 6 mm thick top layer of terrazzo and a 34 mm thick layer of cement concrete in the ratio of 1: 2: 4.
This types of flooring are readily available in mountainous areas, so wood flooring becomes more economical in such areas hence wood flooring is commonly used.
Wood flooring is used for dancing halls, auditoriums, carpentry halls.
Due to moist climatic conditions, moisture containment is largely considered in wood flooring.
In this type of floor, the entire area of the ground under the floor is covered by a cement concrete bed of 150 mm in thickness.
A 150 mm thick layer of cement concrete is called site concrete or over side concrete.
Tiled types of flooring:
Depending on the type of material used, tiled flooring can be broadly divided into the following categories
Terrazzo Tile Flooring:
Terrazzo tiles manufactured in hydraulic pressure are available in the following three standard sizes: (1) 200 x 200 x 20 mm (2) 250 x 250 x 22 mm (3) 300 x 300 x 25 mm.
The total thickness of the tile consists of two layers i.e. the upper layer and the backing.
The thickness of the upper layer varies from 5- 6 mm and consists of a mixture of cement, marble chip aggregate and pigment in suitable proportions.
The tiles are laid on a fairly rigid sub-grade which may be of concrete or R.C.C slabs.
Chequered tile flooring:
Checker tiles are available in the following standard sizes: (1) 200 x 200 x 22 mm (2) 250x 250 x 22 mm (3) 100 x 300 x 22 mm.
This type of flooring is commonly used in nursery schools, flagging etc.
Glazed Tile Flooring:
Glazed tiles are available in the following standard sizes: (1) 100x .100 x 5 or 6 mm (2) 150 x 150 x 5 or 6 mm.
Only the upper surface glows in files. The tiles are laid on a hard hardening sub-land which may be of concrete or R.C.C slabs.
This types of flooring consists of sheets or tiles in many decorative patterns and shades of colors.
Its thickness is varied from 3 mm to 10 mm.
The sheets or tiles used for flooring are prepared by filling with pure rubber such as cotton fiber, asbestos fiber or granular cork.
Actually, linoleum is covering material available in rolls and sheets, which are placed or spread directly on the concrete floor or wood floor with the help of glue.
Linoleum sheet is made by mixing oxidized linseed oil in glue, resins, pigments, cork dust, wood flour and other filler materials.
The Linoleum sheets are printed or decorative designs with 2m to 4m wide rolls in 2mm to 6mm thickness.
Linoleum is also manufactured in tile format and these linoleum tiles are fixed to the required surface of the floor through glue.
Types of flooring FAQ:
What is floor?
Floor covering is a term to generically describe any finish material applied over a floor structure to provide a walking surface.
Which floor type is best?
Hardwood Flooring & Laminate Flooring.
What is a floor finish?
A floor finish is a liquid applied to a flexible tile floor and dried in a hard, durable and smooth film.
What is the most cost effective flooring?
Flooring is the first thing that catches our eye as we walk in the house as it extends the length and width of each room.