A floor covering can be made of many different types of materials to include carpeting or pads, rugs, inlaid wooden runways, or plastic coverings. Floor coverings can also be materials which are bonded directly onto the surface of the flooring.
- The primary use of any type of floor covering is for protection. When a covering is bonded to the flooring material itself it becomes a part of that floors molecular structure and adheres to the floor. It may be used for the purpose of protecting the floor from damage and dirt, or to enhance the looks of the floor. A very good example of this type of covering is floor wax. Sometimes the covering will be added to the flooring during the manufacturing process which is more often the case with laminate flooring. When a covering is added this way the entire floor has to be replaced once it wears off.
- Carpet is a widely used floor covering but it is also a type of flooring. It is more often than not used as flooring. It is used more in the form of rugs and runners when it is used as a floor covering. Plastic runners are also popular along with mats. These two types of covering are mainly used to protect the floor from the damage of heavy foot traffic and ground in dirt. These types of floor coverings are most often used in businesses where the traffic is very heavy. Sometimes rugs and mats are just placed in one spot as in right inside of the door because this is where most of the dirt and grime will be left. Runners may be placed along one major lane of traffic. I have seen floors and carpets where traffic will normally follow one particular track. Sometimes over a period of time the track will become discolored and cause the entire floor to look bad.
Choose a floor covering:
The type of floor covering that you use will depend on what you want to achieve in the area where you use it. I have seen businesses and even homes use floor wax in conjunction with rugs and runners. The wax can be applied to the entire floor to protect it but the rug or runner has the purpose of protecting the most travelled part of the floor from premature wear and dirtiness. Floor coverings will save you on maintenance costs of your floor as well as on cleaning.