Floor is the surface of a room on which one stands. Flooring, on the other hand is the general term for a permanent covering of a floor. The purpose of flooring is to provide a horizontal, clean surface to support the occupants of a building, the furniture and equipment. Therefore the flooring must be strong enough to bear the super imposed loads.
The choice of material for floor covering is affected by factors such as cost, endurance, noise insulation, comfort and cleaning effort. There are three broad categories for flooring material options, namely Natural, Man-made and Resilient and have their own advantages and disadvantages.
As an Architect practising in Bangalore, India, I have given my personal rating for each floor type, so that it gives you a rough idea of the suitability of a particular flooring to your requirement. Also it helps you compare the different types of flooring:
To know more about the different material options with my rating, read on: