There are many different types of flooring available in the market, but a couple of new ideas is pebbled tiles and metallic finish tiles which provide a stylish option. Rough and smooth finish tiles gives a rustic appearance as well as character. These tiles are also quite popular with landscapers, as they provide an aesthetic finish around swimming pools and patios.
Pebble flooring tiles provide a simple finish, but giving a natural look to the décor, which is in great demand in these modern conservation times. There are many advantages to having pebble floor finishes, especially in bathrooms, where the pebbles used could be smooth or contoured for a rustic look. However, it is preferable to use the smooth finish in places where there is water, because a pebble finish could allow water to collect in between the gaps, leading to unexpected problems like mould and water seepage. In places where the rough contoured tiles are used, walking on them provides the under sole of the feet with a massaging quality, which is quite pleasing; also it is completely non-slip.
There is a wide range of shapes and sizes available with pebble flooring, with shapes ranging from round, triangular, oval, etc., as well as many natural colours. As per individual requirement, the tiles could also have a mixed range of shapes and colours. One of the drawbacks of using the raised pebble style flooring tiles is that it does not let collected water drain properly, with water pooling in the spaces between the pebbles; this may result in the damp and mould build up, which has the potential to create health problems. A stopgap solution to this problem is to use grout applied liberally to the pebbles, giving it a smoother appearance, and preventing any water build up.
Another popular flooring material that has found users in the United Kingdom is concept of metallic flooring, which is a good flooring alternate in heavy traffic areas. The main advantages of using metallic flooring tiles is for their durability and strength, and the product is available as tiles and in sheet form. Typically, these tiles are manufactured from bronze, galvanized steel, or aluminium; it may be recycled or could be new metal. Some of the popular metal tiles available in the market are made from solid metal or cast from polymers fused with real metal particles.