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There are thousands of different styles of flooring to choose from so selecting flooring that reflects your personal style can be difficult. Each type of flooring offers varying degrees of quality, strength, comfort and stain-resistance.
The main types of flooring available are:
Before selecting which flooring you want, it pays to think about which flooring you actually need!
For instance, how much usage will your flooring undertake? Do you regularly entertain? Will it be used by crew members e.g. engineers/chefs? If so, you may want to pick high durability perhaps even opting for commercial grade. The choice of flooring also varies depending on where it will be used on your superyacht; a luxurious wool carpet may be fine for the bedroom but may not offer sufficient stain protection in a dining area.
The type of flooring you have can greatly impact the sound inside of a room. Hard materials like wood and tile reflect sound without muting it, and therefore are a less popular choice inside a cinema room for example, as the sound would echo or travel , potentially disturbing others.
In soft materials such as fabrics, carpets and rugs, sound tends to absorb and reduce noise levels. This can be a benefit in large rooms in which the sound of radio, television, computer and other modern appliances can become bothersome.
Another advantage of carpets and rugs is the warmth that it offers both in terms of ambiance and insulation properties. Carpets and rugs help avoid the warm air leaving the room, whereas non fabric flooring is not as effective.
There is a vast selection of fibres, styles and prices of carpets and rugs for superyachts. Today, most carpets are made from synthetic materials but the highest quality come from natural sources. The main fibre types are nylon, polyester, acrylic, wool and silk.
The majority of flooring on the market today is naturally stain-resistant, hardwood and stone being the main obvious ones, but most carpets and rugs have had some treatment to prevent stains from penetrating through. Need help with a current stain? Check out our yacht cleaning tips here.
Pile refers to the way yarn is attached to the backing of the carpet or rug and also to the shape of the yarn. The following pile types are good for high traffic areas.
Laminate is easy to maintain, without any need to oil, refinish or wax. It can resist fading due to sunlight, stain and dirt; laminate is not totally resistant to moisture and excessive amounts could lead to damage in its inner core, greatly affecting its overall performance.
A tile floor is considered to be one of the most flexible and long-lasting flooring types that can be ideal to use anywhere on the yacht, whether indoors or outdoors. Its durable surfaces which are resistant to almost all damaging elements can withstand the heavy traffic, wear, and even scratches. It is best used in bathrooms and kitchens as tiles are not just totally resistant to spills and moisture but also prevent growth of moulds and bacteria.
There is nothing like the look of a beautiful hardwood floor, which can add warmth and character to a yacht. However when it comes to maintenance, the trick is in prevention. Making sure it doesn’t soak up water for example and preventing furniture being dragged across it is essential. It is a durable surface and can endure a lot of traffic. However it is not very resistance to moisture and excessive sunlight can over time make the wood fade.
The floor is one of the largest surfaces in your home and transforming it into a beautiful, expressive space with a cohesive design is challenging, and while some superyachts express a more traditional style, the bold yacht owner may choose a more striking design. To help kick-start your creativity, here are a few unique flooring ideas for the unconventional yacht owner.
Finding the right flooring for your yacht can be a complex process of choosing the best colours, textures and materials to suit your style however a good choice can complement your yacht for years to come.
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