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Get floored on a budget

india Updated: Apr 02, 2011 00:49 IST
Priyanka Monga

Wish to have stylish sprawling floors? Worrying about the steep prices? With the market now flooded with cost-effective flooring, affordability is no more an obstacle to flaunt that beautiful floor in your dream abode. Here are a few pocket-friendly flooring options:

Vitrified Tiles: Vitrified tiles sport a glazed look making them a befitting alternative to Italian marble, granite or ceramic tiles. Lavpreet Singh of La design says, “Vitrified tiles are the cheapest option available in the market, which come in ample varieties including wooden-look options.” Such tiles are easy to install and come in brands like Kajaria, Asian and Netco amongst others. They cost around Rs 45per sqft.

Laminated floors: Laminates are fire-resistant and do not require polishing as often as wooden floors. Made of medium density fibre (MDF) boards with laminates or printed textures and designs, these are easy to install, remove and reinstall. Look out for brands like Ego floors, Euro ceramics and others that are easily available at local stores. They cost about Rs 45-50 per sqft.

Indian variety Marble: If you dislike glossy finish, then marble is an apt choice. Prices start at as low as Rs 30-35 per sqft. Morwad, Wonder Marble and Katni Marble are the most commonly used and reasonably priced, compared to the imported varieties.

Concrete floors: Concrete flooring comes ready in blocks to be installed. They come in stained, painted and coloured forms and can be customised according to your preference. Get them for an old world feel in your house.

Chinese floorings: From laminated floors to tiles, the China made floorings are easily available at local stores. They are attractive and reasonably priced between Rs 40-50per sqft. Ajay Aggarwal of Action Tesa however warns, “They are vulnerable to scratches and fades so be sure of the quality before purchasing.”

Keep in mind when buying flooring stuff
Interior designer Monica Kamal suggests, “Before finalising on the flooring, keep in mind the area of application and the kind of usage it will be subject to.”

Do not confuse vitrified tiles with ceramic tiles with vitrified coating.

While buying cheaper versions of flooring, make sure they are maintenance free, anti-skid, joint free, easy to install and confirm on its durability.

Look out for the inexpensive flooring varieties at places like M block market, GK-2, Rajouri Garden or Shiva Market, Pitampura.

For people, who are brand conscious and prefer only branded floorings, the sky is the limit. Such floors can cost from Rs 150per sqft to Rs 450per sqft.